ROCK NEWS 10.31.17


Top 5 Moments at Linkin Park & Friends Concert Celebrating Chester Bennington's Life & Legacy


By Denise Quan

In their first concert since the death of their lead singer three months ago, the surviving members of Linkin Park took the stage Friday night (Oct. 27) for a memorial concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  

Dubbed  “Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester  Bennington,” the show featured two dozen guest musicians -- from Blink-182, members of No Doubt and Steve Aoki, to surprise artists Alanis Morissette, Gavin Rossdale and Bebe Rexha.  The concert was a joyful way to remember one of the music industry’s  top vocal talents, and raise awareness for depression and suicide  prevention through the One More Light Fund, an offshoot of Linkin Park’s  charitable Music For Relief organization.

Here are the evening’s top five most memorable moments:

Mike Shinoda was “Looking for an Answer”Halfway  through the concert, Shinoda sat down at the piano and recounted how he  and his Linkin Park bandmates were at a photo shoot when they heard the  devastating news about Bennington. “I wrote something about eight days  later, and I want to share it with you,” he said, admitting that the  song was not finished. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I want  to keep building on it.” He called it “Glimpse 1” into how a song is  made (fans will be able to track the tune’s progress on the band’s  social channels).

The gorgeous, haunting piano ballad, called “Looking For  an Answer,” evoked Coldplay’s Chris Martin at his most forlorn. For  three-and-a-half minutes, you could hear Shinoda’s heart breaking as he  sang the words:

“There’s an emptiness tonight/ A hole that wasn’t there before/ And I keep reaching for the light/ But I can’t find it anymore”

“Have I been lost all along/ Was there something I could say/ Or something I should have done.”

His  voice cracked once or twice, and he hit a clunker on the keys, but  there was perfection in Shinoda’s imperfection, as a survivor questioned  whether he could have saved his brother.

Alanis Morissette offered up some “Rest”As  Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont of No Doubt were introduced,  they were followed onto the stage by a Grammy-winning platinum blonde --  but it wasn’t Gwen Stefani. It was Alanis Morissette, rocking a new  haircut and lightened tresses. The foursome performed a bass-heavy,  energetic rendition of Linkin Park’s “Castle of Glass,” which served as a  theme song for the 2012 video game, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.  Afterwards, Morissette debuted a new song that Shinoda asked her to  play upon hearing some of her unreleased demos. (“They don’t even sound  like demos,” he said).

“I want to offer empathy to all people in  the public eye, and to all people who are grieving,” Morissette  explained. “The song is called ‘Rest,’ and it’s, of course, for  Chester.”

Talinda Bennington’s message of hope

Since  Bennington’s death in July, his wife of nearly 12 years (and mother to  their blended family of six children) has demonstrated unflinching grace  -- speaking out about suicide prevention and depression, and sharing  sweet family photos and video snippets that reassure fans that  Bennington loved and was loved.

In a clear, upbeat voice that wavered only slightly at times, Talinda Bennington delivered a message from center stage:  “Chester and I always loved bringing people together, and he was filled  with joy when our house was full of family, friends, kids, dogs, cats,  birds, turtles -- the more the merrier -- and he would have loved all of  this tonight... He was incredibly proud of the work done for Music For  Relief. He knew it saved lives, and saving lives is exactly what we plan  to do in Chester’s memory. It is time we recognize that mental health  is as important as our physical health. It is my mission to make it  easier to have access to mental health resources.”

In the coming  weeks, Talinda Bennington will be rolling out an initiative called 320,  after Chester’s birthday -- March 20.  Mental health professionals were  also on-site at the Hollywood Bowl, as an immediate resource for anyone  in need.

Linkin Park’s Future

During the  star-studded finale, Shinoda reiterated what he’s been saying about the  band’s future: “We don’t know where we’re going.” But he then asked  folks to stay updated through LP’s social channels, including their  recently adopted hashtag, #MakeChesterProud. If anything, this night of  revolving guest musicians had shown that Linkin Park’s music can adapt  -- just as the band itself has over the course of their seven studio  albums. Bennington may have shared vocals with newcomer Kiiara on  “Heavy,” the lead single off this year’s chart topping album, One More Light,  but when rising star Julia Michaels stepped in to duet, the song took  on a modern pop feel that could expand the band’s reach with females and  younger audiences.

Similarly, Zedd put a fresh, almost danceable  spin on the latter part of Linkin Park’s early hit, “Crawling,” with  Oliver Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon matching Bennington’s intensity on  the mic. Another crowd pleaser was “Waiting for the End,” featuring  Steven McKellar from Civil Twilight and Sydney Sierota from Echosmith --  the latter displaying a surprising rock edge and gutsiness in her  performance. Others, like Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and One Ok Rock’s  Takahiro Moriuchi, were natural fits for Bennington’s anguished/angelic  vocals on “The Catalyst” and “Somewhere I Belong,” respectively. Machine  Gun Kelly was a stand-out for his rapid-fire rap delivery on  “Papercut,” from LP’s debut album, “Hybrid Theory."

The crowd goes “Numb”

There  were the professional singers, and then there were the amateurs -- all  17,500 of them -- packed into the Hollywood Bowl, stretching from the  box seats into the nosebleeds. In fact, Linkin Park had so much  confidence in the crowd that they performed the third song of the  evening as an instrumental, allowing the audience to act as one  collective lead vocalist on the band’s 2003 hit, “Numb.” Music has  healing properties and that moment proved nothing heals like a massive,  three-hour rock and roll sing-along.

Here's the set list:

“Robot Boy” intro “Iridescent”/Messenger Mash Up” (Jon Green, co-writer “Nobody Can Save Me” and “Battle Symphony”) “Roads Untraveled” (Jon Green) “Numb” “Shadow of the Day into With Or Without You” (Ryan Key of Yellowcard) “Leave Out All the Rest” (Gavin Rossdale of (Bush) “Somewhere I Belong” (Taka Moriuchi of One Ok Rock) “Castle of Glass” (Tony Dumont, Adrian Young, and Tony Kanal with Alanis Morrisette) “Rest” Alanis Morrisette) “Nobody Can Save Me” (Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight, and Jon Green) “Battle Symphony” (Jon Green) “Sharp Edges” (Ilsey Juber, co-wrote “Talking to Myself” and “Sharp Edges”) “Talking to Myself” (Ilsey Juber) “Heavy (Kiiara & Julia Michaels) “One More Light” “Looking For An Answer” (Mike Shinoda) “Waiting For The End” (Sydney Sierota of Echosmith) “Crawling” (Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon) and Zedd) “Papercut” (Machine Gun Kelly) “One Step Closer (Jonathan Davis of Korn), Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh of Julien K) “A Place For My Head” (Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember) “Rebellion” (Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down) “The Catalyst” (Deryck Whibley of Sum 41) “Miss you” (Blink-182) “What I’ve Done” (Blink-182 with Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn) “In The End” “New Divide” “A Light That Never Comes” (Steve Aoki, Frank Zummo of Sum 41) “Burn It Down” (M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold) “Faint” (M. Shadows) “Bleed It Out” (everyone)

Disturbed’s ‘Sound of Silence’ Soundtracks New NASA Video



 By Scott T. Sterling 

Disturbed’s GRAMMY-nominated version of Simon &  Garfunkel’s 1964 classic, “Sound of Silence,” introduced new fans to the  band’s music without chasing away too many of the diehard metalheads.  And now, the track has gone even further, serving as the soundtrack to a  new NASA video.

Related: Disturbed Detail Horrific Accident, Dedicate Tour to Fallen Staff 

The clip for “The Sound (& Visions) Of Silence” was filmed aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 53 by Commander Randy Bresnik and flight engineers Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli. It features stunning footage of Earth and outer space from the space station’s orbit 250 miles above the planet. 

Disturbed’s version of “Sound of Silence” is from the band’s 2015 album, Immortalized, and was up for Best Rock Performance at this year’s Grammy ceremony, but lost the award to David Bowie’s “Blackstar.”

Watch the NASA video for “The Sound (& Visions) of Silence” below:


Watch William Patrick Corgan’s Intense Cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ (Video)  



William Patrick Corgan — a.k.a. Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan — shared a cover of Miley Cyrus’s  2013 hit pop song “Wrecking Ball” as part of the “Cover Room” segment  on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The cover, which was filmed  backstage, features Corgan’s trademark quivering voice and an acoustic  guitar, lending the song a more stripped and clean feeling as opposed to  Cyrus’ synth-heavy original. He doesn’t spare the intensity, however,  and nails all the soaring notes in the challenging song.          

Cyrus has since tweeted her support for Corgan’s performance, telling  him to “rock on” and joking the she would like to see him perform it  “naked while licking a sledge hammer,” in reference to the song’s music  video where Cyrus did just that.

Corgan has 13 Grammy award nominations and two wins with The Smashing  Pumpkins for their songs “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” in 1996 and “The  End Is the Beginning of the End” in 1997, both for “Best Hard Rock  Performance.” Corgan is the band’s only remaining founding member.

Earlier this month, he released a solo album, “Ogilala,” which has  received generally favorable reviews from critics. Corgan is currently  on the road in North America for a solo acoustic tour that will wrap on Nov.12th in Los Angeles with a sold out four night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.



Content Goes Here