Last night Linkin Park honoured their fallen bandmate Chester Bennington.
Also, just before his death, Linkin Park was featured in the popular Carpool Karaoke.
These events got me thinking about how I had never done a tribute to Chester when he died. It happened so close to the death of Chris Cornell, that I was completely in shock.
Out Of Time – First Off, no one can replace Scott Weiland. Chester is not trying to be a clone here. He’s his own singer, and right out of the gate he does the STP boys proud. His pipes are in peak form, and with this amazing backing band, he can really shine.
(The video below is a live version, not on this album)
Black Heart – This is an amazing STP song. The nice thing is Linkin Park fans can climb onboard as well.
Same On The Inside – This sounds more like a Linkin Park song to me. The subtle guitar and ever present bass sound really good on this one.
Flip over the 10 inches of black vinyl. (I love the uniqueness of 10″ slabs. I want more in my collection)
Cry Cry – The guitar work on this one is so simple but so 70’s at the same time. A minute or so in Chester’s pipes give off a bit of a wail. It has such a cool grove it kind of reminds me of Lenny Kravitz. The bass and drums are great, and did I mention the guitar is cool.
Tomorrow – A slower song, which, believe it or not sounds like a mashup of a STP and Linkin Park. The guitar solo is pretty cool in this one, and the percussion in the background may be new for an STP song.
R.I.P Chester. Hopefully you can meet up with Chris.