The band was on their One More Light World Tour at the time of Bennington’s death, and chose to cancel both the North American and Japan legs of the tour in response. Unbeknownst to fans at the time, the final shows were recorded, and have now been compiled into one final live album, featuring Bennington at the helm.
In the announcement posted to Twitter, the band shared a heartbreaking dedication to their late singer. “We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light,” the band explained. “After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that – since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio – he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night. Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.”
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) November 15, 2017
The band shared that the tour was filled with “camaraderie and joy” on stage, and that they considered it “the best tour we had ever done.” They also reiterated their deep respect for Bennington, closing with a description of his persona and legacy which reads, “Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny and kind. With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection. His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant. For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you. For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us.”
One More Light Live is set to be released on Dec. 15, and is available for pre-order here. The pre-ordered album comes with an instant download of the live version of “Crawling.”