Nothing Sums Up Chester Bennington’s Legacy Better Than This Intimate Moment With Fans At His Final Show
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July 6th, 2017 | Birmingham, UK
Chester Bennington is gone, consumed by the very darkness he sought to illuminate for so many through his music. A child abuse survivor turned Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Chester’s pain became not just a powerful outlet for traumas many of us can only imagine, but a source of joy and comfort for both he and his devoted legion of fans that was never more apparent than during his last concert earlier this month.
Filmed by a fan lucky enough to get up close and personal for what was to be Linkin Park’s final concert with Bennington, his final performance of “Crawling” from the band’s critically acclaimed debut album Hybrid Theory shows the late singer being embraced by a crowd of fans, the July 6th show in Birmingham, UK a powerful reminder that even in his darkest moments he loved as tremendously as he was loved in return – never once shying away from the chance to use his passion and pain to bring comfort to those who knew only too well what it felt like to bear the weight of an impossible weariness.
Rock and roll, by its very nature, has been and always will be the great unifier, a safe harbor for those desperately looking for a place to escape the storms consuming them and this final video of Chester Bennington’s 25 year career on the stage is proof enough of that fact.
We’re just profoundly heartbroken that he wasn’t able to swim for shore before the darkness swallowed him whole.