The surviving members of Linkin Park brought more than two dozen guest stars on stage to help them celebrate the life of their late singer Chester BenningtonFriday at the Hollywood Bowl, but the audience itself may have been the real star of the show.
The crowd sung along with the band and their guests almost from the first note of the show. In fact, three songs in they completely handled the vocals on "Numb," with the band backing them. Towards the end of the 32-song show, they again took the lead on a reprise of the show opener, "Iridescent."
Mike Shinoda, who handled all the lead vocals on songs not sung by guests or the crowd, called the audience his "favorite guest tonight." He also provided one of the the evening's two new songs. Accompanying himself on piano, Shinoda unveiled "Looking for an Answer," which he said he'd written eight days after Bennington's death and had not totally completed. He announced that if Linkin Park continues, he wants to "continue to build on this song and work on it," and that he would let fans in on its progress as he works to complete it. He called the performance "glimpse one" of the process.
The other new song was provided by one of the special guests who hadn't been announced prior to the show, Alanis Morissette. After coming on to Linkin Park’s “Castle of Glass” backed by No Doubt, the newly platinum-haired Morissette unveiled a tune called "Rest," which she dedicated to Bennington.
Other show highlights included:
- Surprise guest performers included Morissette, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, Deryck Whibley and Frank Zummo of Sum 41, Sydney Sierota of Echosmith, Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight, Steve Aoki, Bebe Rexha and a number of contributors to the band's current One More Lightalbum, including Kiiara, Julia Michaels, Ilsey Juber and Jon Green.
- Previously announced guest shots were made by Blink-182 (who played their own "Miss You," before being joined by Linkin Park's Shinoda, Joe Hahn and Brad Delson for "What I've Done") Jonathan Davis from Korn, Machine Gun Kelly, Zedd and members of No Doubt, System of a Down, Bring Me the Horizon, Yellowcard, One OK Rockand Avenged Sevenfold.
- A number of video interludes featuring footage of Bennington, including Chester singing and strumming a made-up ditty called "Unicorns and Lollipops" backstage at some show, Chester performing and speaking to a crowd about the Manchester bombing. Video tributes to Bennington from Metallica, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, Duff McKaganof Guns n' Roses, Jared and Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars and Paul McCartney.
- Also via video, using footage from a camera isolated on Chester during Linkin Park's 2014 Hollywood Bowl show, he sang lead on the band's performance of "New Divide."
- “Robot Boy” intro
- “Iridescent”/Messenger Mash Up” (Jon Green)
- “Roads Untraveled” (Jon Green)
- “Shadow of the Day with U2's "With Or Without You” (Ryan Key of Yellowcard)
- “Leave Out All the Rest” (Gavin Rossdale of Bush)
- “Somewhere I Belong” (Taka Moriuchi of One OK Rock)
- “Castle of Glass” (Alanis Morissette with Tony Dumont, Adrian Young, and Tony Kanal of No Doubt)
- “Rest” (Alanis Morrisette with Mike Farrell on piano)
- “Nobody Can Save Me” (Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight and Jon Green)
- “Battle Symphony” (Jon Green)
- “Sharp Edges” (Ilsey Juber)
- “Talking to Myself” with Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" (Ilsey Juber)
- “Heavy (Kiiara & Julia Michaels)
- “One More Light”
- “Looking For An Answer” (New Mike Shinoda song performed solo on piano)
- “Waiting For The End” (Sydney Sierota of Echosmith and Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight)
- “Crawling” (Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Zedd on drums)
- “Papercut” (Machine Gun Kelly)
- “One Step Closer (Jonathan Davis of Korn and Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh of Julien K)
- “A Place For My Head” (Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember)
- “Rebellion” (Mike Shinoda sings, with Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
- “The Catalyst” (Deryck Whibley and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
- “Miss you” (Blink-182)
- “What I’ve Done” (Blink-182 with Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Joe Hahn)
- “In The End”
- "Incandescent" (reprise, this time with the crowd on vocals)
- “New Divide” (sung by Chester on film from LP's 2014 Hollywood Bowl concert)
- “A Light That Never Comes” (Steve Aoki, Bebe Rexha and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
- “Burn It Down” (M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold)
- “Faint” (M. Shadows and Synester Gates of Avenged Sevenfold)
- “Bleed It Out” (everyone)