Aaron Lewis offered a heartfelt tribute to his friend Chester Bennington at a recent show in New Hampshire. Bennington, the frontman of rock band Linkin Park, commented suicide on July 20. He was 41 years old.
“So I lost a really good friend today,” Lewis told the crowd just hours after news of Bennington’s passing broke. “I’m not really sure why he chose to take his own life, but it’s been a really sad day.”
Lewis chose to play a song off his band Staind’s 2011 self-titled album called “Something To Remind You.” The painful and emotive tune seemed particularly relatable during the moment. Especially the chorus: “So when the day comes/And the sun won’t touch my face/Tell the ones who cared enough/That I finally left this place.”
Watch the heartfelt performance below.
Lewis has a solo country career right now, but he’ll always be known as the frontman for platinum-selling hard rock band Staind. And even in this performance, it’s clear Lewis’ fans love the crossover. Both Linkin Park and Staind occupied a lot of the radio airwaves in the 2000s.
Aaron Lewis probably first met Bennington while touring in 2001 on the Family Values Tour, a massive rock show that made headlines for its heavy acts and provocative artists. Tons of other artists reached out after Bennington’s death with their own words and tributes.
The rock world continues to reel after the deaths of household names like Bennington and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Bennington and Cornell were very close friends. Bennington, who was close friends with Cornell, sang “Hallelujah” at his funeral in May. Both artists also publicly battled depression. Cornell died from hanging just months before Bennington.
Lewis continues his tour in support of his 2016 album Sinner. Pretty soon, he joins Blackberry Smoke for a co-headling trek called the Sinners & Sanctified Tour.