Coldplay kicked off their North American tour Tuesday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as part of their worldwide Head Full of Dreams tour. Frontman Chris Martin paused the show to pay tribute to the late Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, who passed away in late July at the age of 41. They covered “Crawling,” from Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory. The tribute created a reverent atmosphere, with only Martin’s voice and the piano echoing through New Jersey’s large MetLife Stadium.
Coldplay is the latest to express their grief at the loss of the iconic frontman, who committed suicide on July 20th. Bennington’s private memorial service on July 29th was attended by only close family and friends, including former bandmates, and included many musical tributes to the fallen singer.
Before starting the song, Martin expressed to the crowd, “I want to do this right, and I want to do it respectfully.”
He dedicated the lyrically-praised song: “This is to anyone who misses someone you know. This is for our whole community of musicians.”
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda thanked Martin and Coldplay for the tribute on Instagram.