Chester Bennington-Led Stone Temple Pilots Play Salt Lake City Children’s Hospital
Stone Temple Pilots, with Linkin Park fontman Chester Bennington at the helm, recently took time out of their schedule to perform at Sophie’s Place, a newly-opened musical therapy room for children at the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
The music therapy room, which opened on Friday, June 28, is said to be the first of its kind at any children’s hospital nationwide and the Bennington-fronted STP helped christen the space with its first jam session, demonstrating the healing power of music.
The room is named after Sophie Barton, a 17-year-old vocalist who died of a heart attack three years ago while hiking with friends. She often performed for patients at the hospital. Former San Francisco 49ers QB Steve Young and his wife Barbara raised funds for the room via their Forever Young Foundation.
Since music goes beyond being a form of entertainment, and since beats and rhythm are proven to aid the recovery process, Bennington and STP proceeded to play some of their hits — in acoustic fashion — to a happy crowd of patients and their families. Footage of the performance can be seen in this news report from local Salt Lake City television station Fox 13.