The Hollywood Bowl played host to the Linkin Park & Friends benefit show to honor late singer Chester Bennington over the weekend. The three-hour set featured a star-studded list of performers, ranging from Blink-182 to Alanis Morrissette, and co-vocalist Mike Shinoda debuted a new song he wrote in the wake of Bennington's death.
Titled "Looking for an Answer," the somber track has Shinoda reflecting on life without Bennington and questioning whether he could have done anything differently to help the late singer. The piano-driven song has Shinoda coping with radically changed circumstances, singing "There's an emptiness tonight / A hole that wasn't there before / And I keep reaching for the light / But I can't find it anymore." Listen to the moving song above.
Prior to the start of the song, Shinoda spoke to the crowd about his initial reaction upon hearing the news of Bennington's death. "The first hours I was in disbelief, I couldn't believe it," Shinoda said. "One of the things that always helps me get through something is not only listening to music, but actually playing music." The song has no future plans for release, but Shinoda assured the crowd that if the band does record a studio version they will film the writing and recording process for their social platforms.
The 31-song set at the Hollywood Bowl featured many of Linkin Park's hits, including "Numb," "In the End," "Crawling," "Burn It Down" and "One More Light," the latter the title track from the band's final album featuring Bennington.