The tribute was more for Bennington than Linkin Park itself as Coldplay leader Chris Martin performed a solo cover of Linkin Park’s hit “Crawling” on piano. The song was originally mostly sung by Bennington.
Martin dedicated the performance to “anyone who’s missing someone,” and restarted the song after messing up the opening, noting that he wanted to get it right since it would likely end up on YouTube.
There is a deep connection between both singers and bands as Coldplay’s debut album, Parachutes, was released five months before Linkin Park’s first full-length Hybrid Theory in 2000. Both groups have since sold millions of albums each in the United States.
In the wake of Bennington’s death, several artists shared their condolences, including Pharrell, the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Linkin Park also posted an open letter addressed to Bennington, saying their “hearts are broken.”