Linkin Park announced their 2017 Japan tour is officially canceled. The move should come as no surprise with their North American tour canceled the day after the death of frontman Chester Bennington. The band was scheduled to play three dates in Japan starting Nov. 2.
Linkin Park broke the news in a statement where they reveal they didn’t rule out playing the shows after Bennington’s death, but they changed their mind in the end.
Their official statement reads:
"To our wonderful fans in Japan and our brothers in ONE OK ROCK:
We have been looking forward to being with all of you, but unfortunately, cannot play our previously scheduled performances in Tokyo. Until now, we have not communicated about our November shows because we sincerely wished to play, even in the wake of Chester’s passing. We are working each day to grieve, heal, and work towards stepping on stage together without our dear friend. We are so grateful for your love and support. Our sincere appreciation for your kind understanding.
– LINKIN PARK
Ticket holders can seek refund information at www.hipjpn.co.jp. Ticket refunds will be processed starting on October 5th @ 10:00AM (JST)."
The band will come together on stage for the first time since Bennington’s death on Oct. 27 for a special memorial show. Other artists appearing at the tribute concert include Synyster Gates and M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Blink-182, Oli Sykes from Bring Me the Horizon, Yellowcard's Ryan Key, System of a Down’s Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan, Machine Gun Kelly and Kiiara.
Recently, Linkin Park released a new lyric video for the title track off their new album, One More Light. The clip features shots and video of fans from around the world. Check it out above.