Linkin Park released a new music video on the morning of lead singer and frontman Chester Bennington’s death.
According to TMZ, the video was released at 9:01 a.m. PST July 20, which was minutes after Chester Bennington had been found dead in his home from an apparent suicide. The video for the band's newest single “Talking to Myself” features footage of them performing for sold-out crowds from a previous tour.
In the rock hit, Bennington sings about his history with substance abuse from the point of view of his wife.
He opens the track singing, “Tell me what I’ve got gotta do. There’s no getting through to you. The lights are on but nobody’s home. Nobody’s home.” In the chorus he belts out, “The truth is, you turn in someone else/ You keep running like the sky is falling. I can whisper, I can yell. But I know, yeah I know, yea I know/I’m just talking to myself.”
Later on, Bennington describes how Talinda Bentley, his wife stood by his side and tried her best to keep him sober, despite the fact that she too was struggling with her own problems.
“I admit I made mistakes, but yours might cost you everything,” he sings. “Can’t you hear me calling you home?”
Band members Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and Mike Shinoda are all featured, and as a group, they all appear to be having fun playing with one another and rocking out with their fans.
Back in May, Chester's bandmates explained how their new studio album “One More Light,”which features the song “Talking to Myself”, was meant to portray how fragile life really is. Guitarist Brad Delson told Variety, “There’s a theme of fragility of life and that what we love can be taken away from us in an instant. I think when faced with those kinds of really scary or existential challenges, it puts everything in perspective and into place — what it is we love and don’t want to lose.”
“Talking to Myself” is the third track off their seventh studio album “One More Light.”, and marked their sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Linkin Park was preparing for a North American summer tour featuring Machine Gun Kelly beginning on July 27 and ending later this fall.
Linkin Park as of now has not released an official statement on Bennington’s death, but the tragic news was confirmed by Shinoda on Twitter.
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