Coldplay kicked off the extended leg of their 2017 North American tour at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Tuesday night, and the rock band made sure to say goodbye to one of their fallen comrades in Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington in the process.
Towards the end of the set, the band’s singer, Chris Martin, followed up a pair of acoustic performances of “In My Place” and “Don’t Panic” with a cover of Linkin Park’s 2000 hit, “Crawling.” Martin's solo performance on the piano, as seen in the video above, was for "anyone who's missing someone," but fans in attendance all knew that this was one for Bennington, who died at the age of 41 back on July 20.
Both Coldplay and Linkin Park came up and got their big breaks in the industry around the same time, with each of their highly successful debut albums both arriving in late 2000. The sudden death of Bennington last month sent shockwaves throughout the music industry, as both fans and fellow musicians shared their outpouring of grief and love for Bennington, who himself had been struggling with the similar loss of his own friend in Chris Cornell just a few months prior.
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