“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very, very special guest with us tonight,” Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley said before the band’s final song. “Say hello to Mr. Mike Shinoda!”
Shinoda then joined the Canadian band onstage to play guitar and rap his verses. Whibley took over the parts that were handled by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. As the song came to a close, Whibley gave Shinoda a shout out and said: “Chester, we miss you.” Watch footage of the performance above.
“Never thought I’d see ‘Faint’ ever performed live after Chester’s death,” one fan wrote on Twitter after. “Then Sum 41 bring out Mike Shinoda and fulfill a dream of mine. What a show.”
“Best day of my life,” added another. “Saw Mike Shinoda then Sum 41 brought him back on to collab a Linkin Park song!”
Never thought I’d see “Faint” ever performed live after Chester’s death. Then Sum 41 bring out Mike Shinoda and fulfill a dream of mine ?? What a show.
— James Boulton (@Jamie_Boulton) August 25, 2018
Best day of my life. Saw mike shinoda then sum 41 brought him back on to collab a linkin park song!
— Ali Mitchell. (@Alimitch95) August 25, 2018
as if sum 41 just brought out mike shinoda to play faint at reading
never hated myself more for not going now
— michael scott (@Ghentyy) August 25, 2018
saw bring me and fall out boy yesterday n sum 41 just brought mike shinoda out on stage emo me is ALIVE
— mais ? (@breakfastclvb) August 25, 2018
Sum 41 did a Linkin Park number with Mike Shinoda! Fecking fantastic!!
— Coffinsandme 击? (@mandychoccy) August 25, 2018
Sum 41 also covered Queen‘s ‘We Will Rock You’ earlier in their set. Their full setlist was as follows:
‘The Hell Song’
‘Over My Head (Better Off Dead)’
‘We’re All To Blame’
‘We Will Rock You’
‘In Too Deep’
Shinoda, meanwhile, performed immediately before Sum 41 and included several Linkin Park songs in his set. ‘Castle Of Glass’, ‘Roads Untravelled’, and ‘In The End’ all featured, alongside a handful of Fort Minor tracks and the musician’s own solo material.
Mike Shinoda played:
‘Castle Of Glass’
‘Crossing A Line’
‘In The End’
‘Over Again’ / ‘Papercut’
‘Make It Up As I Go’
‘Good Goodbye’ / ‘Bleed It Out’
‘Remember The Name’
‘Running From My Shadow’
Ahead of his appearance at Reading Festival, Shinoda gave his views on Kendrick Lamar’s booking. “If I saw him on, like, a Hellfest bill or something that might be a little weird,” he said. “But Kendrick is a unicorn. He’s not your typical rap artist. Every time I’ve seen him live it’s different – it’s poetry, it’s jazz, it’s rock, it’s rap. It’s everything.”
Reading Festival 2018 continues with performances from Lamar, Dua Lipa, N.E.R.D. and more due to perform today. Sum 41 and Shinoda will appear at Leeds Festival tomorrow.