“We were booked to play the show [Jimmy Kimmel Live] so that we could promote our new single ‘Heavy’ and then we heard the news about Chris Cornell and had had a little pow-wow in the dressing room before we went on and we said, ya know, the thing that’s good for the band to do is play ‘Heavy,’ but the right thing to do is play ‘One More Light’ because it’s about the loss of a friend.”
“When we were doing a sound check Chester couldn’t even make it through the song, he was getting halfway through and getting choked up. And even when we did play the whole song, and it was live on TV, or taped for film for TV, he kind of just stopped like towards the end like he missed the last couple lines, just couldn’t finish the song. Fans were crying in the audience, and I think it was cathartic, I think it was good.”
“The message of the song is when you are dealing with something so deep as losing a friend, or in this case somebody you just admire, somebody you look up to when we’re talking about some of these fans in the audience… one of the things I think you can do is reach out to people and offer them community, let them know we’re a family, we’re community, we care about each other. Whether a friend who lost somebody, a family member or whatever, to reach out and let them know even that you’re thinking about them, sometimes that’s enough.” – Mike Shinoda
Chester Bennington’s Bandmate: Linkin Park Singer Was Hit Hard by Chris Cornell’s Suicide
Weeks before Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was found dead, his bandmate, Mike Shinoda, detailed Bennington’s emotional reaction to the suicide of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Bennington and Cornell were close friends, so Linkin Park decided to perform “One More Light” in his honor. But Bennington kept getting choked up and had a hard time making it through the song, written about “the loss of a friend.” If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).