Los Angeles based anthemic rockers 30 Seconds To Mars are currently on the road across North America supporting, Muse. Being a huge influence on the band, and also both a peer and friend, the news of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington‘s death hit them pretty hard.
During their set at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, New York on July 22nd 2017, frontman Jared Leto took centre-stage with an acoustic guitar in hand, and performed their song ‘Alibi’ (taken from 2009’s ‘This Is War’) as a tribute tot he late frontman.
Before going into the song, Leto speaks about his time and memories with Bennington, “It’s been a really tough few days. We said goodbye to somebody in recent days that was an amazing artist, an incredible human being, somebody who I know probably touched almost everybody at this entire amphitheater, and, he touched me personally as well: Chester Bennington.
I learned a lot watching him live his life. He taught me so much, and, when I close my eyes and think about him, I think about his face which was always smiling. I think about his heart which he wore on his sleeve. I think about how kind he treated both me, my brother, Tomo – the band. I think about what he taught me about pursuing your dreams, pursuing your passion relentlessly, but at the same time being able to have an incredible family. He had six incredible children, and every time we spoke there wasn’t a conversation that we had that didn’t include something about his family, and what you guys I think in a sense of from Linkin Park, and it certainly was an extension of how Chester lived his life, is Linkin Park, it’s not just a band. It’s a family, and the way they think about you guys, very similar to 30 Seconds To Mars, it’s a giant family, and we try to make something more than just get onstage and play music. We try to connect and communicate in a way that’s deep and meaningful, and I learned that from Chester. He did it night, after night, after night, after night. What about that voice, huh? What about that voice? That voice will live forever.”
By the song’s end, Leto continues, “If there’s anyone here who ever feels like there’s no hope, you’ve gotta reach out. You’ve gotta say what you’re thinking about. You’ve gotta share it with your friends, and your family. Don’t give up. Do not give up. I’ve found in my life that the absolute greatest breakthroughs of my entire life have been just beyond the darkest moments. I’ve always felt that.”
You can stream and watch a fan-shot video of the performance below:
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