Blink-182 Cancel Blinkin Park Gigs Following Chester Bennington Suicide

24 July 2017, 11:37 | Updated: 24 July 2017, 18:18

Blink 182 press 2016 Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus Travi

The trio have confirmed their upcoming dates with Linkin Park will no longer take place.

Blink-182 have cancelled their joint tour, Welcome To Blinkin Park, following Chester Bennington's suicide.

The All the Small Things rockers were due to share a stage with Linkin Park in joint concerts, but have insisted it wouldn't be "possible" to perform without Numb band.

The trio - comprising of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba - shared a note on Twitter which read: "blink-182 is wrecked by the loss of our friend and amazing musician Chester Bennington. We could never imagine playing blinkin park without his incredible talent and voice."

It continued: "It just would not be possible. We send our deepest sympathies to his family, bandmates, friends and fans. Refunds will be available at the place of purchase."

The two bands had been due to headline two stadium shows later this month, with performances scheduled at Citi Field in Queens, New York, for July 30, and another at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania, two days later.

The announcement comes after Linkin Park confirmed the North American leg of their One More Light tour will not be going ahead.

A statement from promoters Live Nation read: "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected."

Meanwhile, Chester's band mates - Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, and Joe Hahn - have yet to release an official statement, as co-vocalist and co-founder Shinoda says they are too "heartbroken" at this time.

A coroner has also since confirmed the cause of Bennington's death as hanging by suicide.

As Variety reports, Los Angeles Coroners office spokesman Ed Winter has confirmed that 41 year old Bennington took his own life, that half a bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but there was no sign of a suicide note or drug abuse.

The band have also set up a tribute page for the singer, which hosts tributes from around the world and offers advice to those contemplating taking their own lives. 

The band were set to continue their One More Light world tour in North America, with a date at The Xfinity Center in Massachusetts on Saturday 27 July. 

Linkin Park had just recently toured the UK, playing their last date at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on 6 July.

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Meanwhile, his band mates - Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, and Joe Hahn - have yet to release an official statement, as co-vocalist and co-founder Mike says they are too “heartbroken” to write one at this time.

Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz called for people to speak out more about mental health issues.

He tweeted: "Mental health is no joke. We have to destigmatize the conversation around it.(sic)"

Chester was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May, and his death came on what would have been the You Know My Name singer's 53rd birthday.

Cornell's widow Vicky tweeted: "Just when I thought my heart couldn't break any more."

Billie Joe Armstrong paid tribute to the singer, while also encouraging others experiencing similar struggles to seek help.

The Green Day frontman posted: "i've met Chester a couple times. he was very kind and also very smart. and one hell of a singer. mental health and drug addiction are really complex issues. but just know you are not alone. rest in peace Chester. you will be missed .. suicide prevention hotline: +1 (844) 540-5889 (sic)"

Stormzy - who featured on the band's recent Good Goodbye single - took to Twitter to share his heartache at the news.

Listen to Bennington's chilling isolated vocals on One More Light track, Heavy:


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