One of the best ways to heal the pain of losing someone you love is by remembering the moments you shared together, when you smiled, laughed, cried or just acted ridiculous.
And though Linkin Park fans and Chester Bennington’s family are likely still in the throes of anguish over his death in July, a small ray of light arrived on Thursday (Oct. 12) in the form of the Apple Music: Carpool Karaoke segment the late LP singer filmed with his band less than a week before his July 20 suicide.
The 23-minute episode went up on the band’s official Facebook page Thursday morning, and it opens with Bennington laughing and smiling from behind the driver’s seat, as actor/comedian Ken Jeong raves about how excited he is to be sharing the fast lane with the band. “My humble pitch is just I can join the group… maybe? Maybe?,” Jeong says as Bennington laughs at the Dr. Ken star’s suggestion they change the name to Linken Park. “Nice, so you just come in and you take over the band? I love it!” Bennington says.
The good times keep rolling as they bust into a hand-clapping cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” with Bennington — wearing a grey v-neck t shirt and matching wool cap — bopping along and matching Jeong’s high notes. Jeong’s awkward hard-press about not just joining, but leading the band continue as he relentlessly teases Mike Shinoda about leaving the group, leading to LP’s co-founder saying he’s, yes, “Numb,” to the comedian’s jibes.
As the ride continues, Jeong finds out how Bennington came up with his signature “scringing” (scream/singing) style and then he gets a tutorial on how to pull it off, which ends with Chester saying, “this is probably the greatest day of my life.” They run through another Jeong-ified version of an LP classic, “In the End,” with turntablist Joe Hahn left speechless by the actor’s “Mr. Chow” coda to the single. They play some games, sing “Talking to Myself” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” and join Jeong in his ridiculous dance routine audition to become the band’s official “fly girl.”
In light of Bennington’s death, it’s hard not to focus on his wide smile and endless enthusiasm during the segment, in which he talks about his terrible jobs (leaf blowing), the joy he takes in talking to his kids about their dreams and his willingness to be a total goofball when Jeong leads the trio onto a tricked-out karaoke bus to sing Lynyrd Skynyrd covers with a random senior citizen.
Before the episode plays the screen reads: “With the blessing of Chester’s family and his bandmates, we share this episode and dedicate it to the memory of Chester. This was taped July 14, 2017.”
Watch the full episode below: