Mike Shinoda paused and took a moment with the crowd at Reading Fest to sing out a tribute for Chester Bennington on August 25. In the midst of his set of solo and Linkin Park material, the MC told festival-goers, “I want you guys to sing it so loud that Chester can hear you.” Standing at his piano, Shinoda launched into a stripped-down version of LP’s emotional 2000 hit “In The End,” a song used often in the last year by artists paying respects to the departed front man. Shinoda rapped the song’s verses, while the emotional crowd belted out the chorus.
The festival stop is only the latest in a packed summer and fall touring schedule for Shinoda’s newly released solo album, Post Traumatic. The rapper spoke about the significance of his new musical chapter, telling the audience, “Getting up here and doing this for me is really fulfilling, and it’s really an accomplishment just to kind of get over my own anxiety about doing it again.” After finishing his own set, Shinoda guested for the last song of Sum 41’s performance, lending his verses to their own cover of Linkin Park’s “Faint.”
H/T: BBC Radio 1