It’s undeniable that Chester Bennington and Linkin Park had a huge and profound influence on many bands and musicians that followed them, and Scranton metalcore troupe Motionless In White have made no secret of the fact that they’re definitely one of them.
Over the past year or so, the band have occasionally covered their 2000 debut single ‘One Step Closer’ at their live shows, and, whilst performing at the Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, TX, the band dedicated their take on the song to the late vocalist.
Before leading into the song, frontman Chris Motionless gave an emotional speech about suicide and seeking help for anyone who may be in a similar position.
“I don’t think to our fans it’s been any secret that Linkin Park has been a very strong influence on our band and our material over the past couple of years. Linkin Park has meant a lot to a lot of us in this band, and are one of the first bands of the genre that I ever heard that got me into a lot of the bands that kind of came after. I owe a lot to the album ‘Hybrid Theory’ as a person, and I know that it means a lot to these guys in this band, and not just ‘Hybrid Theory’, but I’m talking about a lot of albums that followed – all amazing masterpieces by Linkin Park.
It really does suck to see so many amazing musicians dying off, watching them and having to say goodbye time and time again. This one really fucking hit me hard, so we would like to play a song right now to honour Chester of Linkin Park.
Before we do though, I do have to say that if anyone out there is struggling with the same thoughts, the same issues, please do not make the same decision. Reach out to your friends. Reach out to your family. Go to your favourite bands’ social pages and reach out to some of the fans of the same bands you love. If it’s something I’ve learned in eleven years of touring, especially last summer, it is that there are a lot of fucking people that are just as much of a fan of another band as you are that are willing to reach out and help you through your personal shit, and I need every fucking one of you to be there for each other every single time that hand extends. Don’t make the same decision.”
You can stream and watch a fan-shot video of the performance below:
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