Chester Bennington Cracked Jokes on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Filmed Days Before His Death
"This is probably the greatest day of my life."
The face of depression is not always a sad one.
As documented on Linkin Park’s episode of Carpool Karaoke, which was shot just six days before Chester Bennington’s death, the late frontman appeared to be in good spirits as he made jokes and sang along to popular songs. Though the footage — released Thursday on Apple Music — started off with a note reading, “With the blessing of Chester’s family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester,” the video itself was far from somber.
In the clip, Chester joked around with actor Ken Jeong and bandmates Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn while driving around Los Angeles. Aside from jamming out hits like including OutKast’s “Hey Ya,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” and his band’s own “Numb” and “In the End,” Chester made jokes about changing the group’s name to “Lin-Ken Park” — to include their new carpool passenger —and his signature “scream-singing.”
“This is probably the greatest day of my life,” he mused after demonstrating how to “scring” for the camera. “This is so fun! This is the best!”
In His Memory
At one point, the foursome also pulled over their car to perform a choreographed dance on the sidewalk of a residential street. “I’m actually excited,” Chester said before bopping around an onlooker.
In a more serious moment, the father-of-six opened up about his hopes and dreams for his six children.When asked if he wants his kids to become musicians, he responded, “I want them to do something that they’re passionate about. One of my kids, like, loves sports, great. My daughters, they love music, they want to learn how to play instruments.”
“I just want them to find whatever is,” he added.
The episode ended with the group moving to a party bus to sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”
Chester said during an encore performance of “Numb,” “Dude, you don’t realize, I realize I was driving without my hands for like half that ride, because we were rocking.”
The Face of Depression
Last month, Cherster’s wife Talinda Bennington shared a home video of the singer joking around with his kids. According to her, she wanted to release the never-before-seen footage — which was shot 36 hours before her husband’s death — to raise awareness about mental health and erase the stigma against those with depression.
“I’m showing this so that you know that depression doesn’t have a face or a mood,” she tweeted. “This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #f**kdepression #MakeChesterProud.”