I’m sitting here at work, a full hour after hearing of the death of Chester Bennington..lead singer of Linkin Park.
And I still don’t know what to say.
I was a fan of Linkin Park…I wasn’t a die hard fan, but I was a fan(I still have Hybrid Theory on my gym playlist)
But I’ll tell you a story….it was a few years ago when I was living in Montreal, Linkin Park was coming to town, performing with 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI. It was an outdoor show, and I couldn’t wait to see Linkin Park. Hybrid Theory was an album, that when I first heard, I became a fan right away. I loved the hard beats, with Mike Shinoda’s rapping, and of course, the voice of Chester Bennington.
It was the first time I heard hip hop mashed with that kind of sound, and I loved it. They were angry, I was angry..so the fit was right.
As I continued in my radio career, I would follow the band , not as close, but always kept tabs.
But I always asked myself, was Chester’s screaming/singing into the mic, just studio tricks, or could he actually do it.
I got my answer…..that dude was phenomenal. He seemed to leave it all out on the stage, drenched in sweat, but loving every minute of it.
I was completely floored at how amazing they were that day, and how Chester would be able to talk after that performance. I was surrounded by friends, and it was one of the best shows, that I still talk about to this day.
From friends I have in the business that had the chance to meet him, they had nothing but great things to say.
Which makes the news on his suicide even more heartbreaking. Chester had issues with drugs and alcohol in his past, which he was open about. He was married twice and leaves behind 6 kids.
The suicide discussion will be front and center, but it’s his voice, and the image of him on stage that I choose to remember today.
Chester was 41.
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The tributes continue to pour in.
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park 🙏🏾— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 20, 2017
RIP Chester 💔 Linkin Park was such a huge part of my growing up. Sending all my love to his loved ones.— Madelaine Petsch (@madelainepetsch) July 20, 2017
Linkin Park was what got me through bullying when I was a teenager.— Alejandro Hernández (@alejandro_mhr) July 20, 2017