Kathmandu- Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington passed away five years ago today. From Guns N’ Roses to Adele, here are 3 cover versions that prove what an amazing singer he was

1.Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Adele’s blockbusting Rolling In The Deep was one of the biggest hits of 2011, and pretty much every band on the planet had a crack at it. But few were as stately as the version Linkin Park performed at that year’s iTunes festival in London. Dialling back the blues-tinged disco-gospel bounce of the original, they transform it into a stripped-back piano ballad, to the delight of the audience. Chester turns on the soul as he navigates the wind-tunnel melody, but really, it’s the crowd that owns this one.

2.Pantera – Walk
Two for the price of one, as Chester teams up with Disturbed for a joyous blast through Pantera’s Walk at a gig in Holmdel, New Jersey. David Draiman cedes the mic to the Linkin Park man, with the latter proving he could have been a convincing metal singer had things turned out differently, unexpectedly capturing Phil Anslemo’s chest-thumping aggro and hitting those high notes. Total heavy metal fanboy karoake, and brilliant with it.

3.Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Back in the 2000s, Camp Freddy was LA’s premier all-star covers band – a chance for a bunch of A-list musos to perform live karaoke versions of rock classics. Chester got onstage with them on multiple occasions, singing everything from Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love to Alice Cooper’s I’m Eighteen. But this triumphant knee-slide through Guns N’ Roses’ Paradise City, which sees Chester joined by none other than Slash, Duff Mckagan, and Matt Sorum, beats ’em all – just check out Chester nailing that semi-feral Axl screech.