The music world was hit with a major blow when we lost lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington to suicide on July 20, 2017. In remembrance of his life and his music we are taking this edition of Music Monday and dedicating it to him.

Earlier today the band released the following letter:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

Linkin Park Carnivores Tour September 11, 2014. Photo Credit Karen Olea/Screen Reels

Your music editor, Angie Aparicio and the site editor, Karen Olea, would like to take a moment to share our thoughts and how Chester Bennington affected us personally.

A Note from Angie

Many of our generations grew up with Linkin Park. His music helped me get through the toughest stages of my teenage years. He spoke about all the heavy topics we, as humans, don’t speak about. Whenever I was upset, angry or lost in the dark ocean of my personal demons, I ran to his music, it was my eternal refuge where I could let myself feel and know I wasn’t alone. Throughout these decades there was numerous times I have played the masterpiece of their debut album, Hybrid Theory, the underrated Minutes To Midnight or the inspirational A Thousand Suns‘ albums. The healing of Chester’s voice and songwriting was the cure to fighting those demons and coming out with an endless amount of courage to fight them.

Previous generations had their legends that they grew up with, whether it was Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Prince or David Bowie, I had Chester from Linkin Park, I saw the legend rinse to heights that are too grand to put into words. I always believed we had him for many more decades and devastatingly I was mistaken. The massive hole he left behind will never be filled, but his courageous life journey is forever saved in each lyric and each note he ever sang and wrote. I can tell you that even though he is gone, his music will always be there for me just like that wonderful day in 2000 when I first heard his voice. Because in the end, he really did matter to all of us in the LP family.

A Note From Karen

I am a huge fan of music. I consider it the purest way of conveying emotions and no matter what mood you’re in you can always find a song that contains the rhythm or lyrics that match. This is one of the main reasons I became a fan of Linkin Park and Chester Bennington. I will admit, the first album I owned of theirs was Meteora and I played “Somewhere I Belong” on repeat because of the lyrics. I had listened to Hybrid Theory because of my brother but at their second album they officially became my band too.

During their tour for Meteora I went through a health scare that led to a bout of depression and Chester’s lyrics took on new meaning. His words were my words, his feelings my feelings. When you’re struggling to understand why life turns its back on you it’s hard to express the multitude of contradictions in your mind and Chester’s lyrics did that for me. There are songs that just let you scream out into the void, songs that give you a glimmer of hope and songs that make you melancholy.

As the band rose to fame, he remained humble even when his talent outshone the shadow he lived in. He was a multi-talented musical genius and innovator. Along with his band members, he broke the mold in music video concepts, being the first to use animation. He put his heart and soul out for everyone to see, his wounds constantly bleeding on display for his fans.

Being one of those fans, I am grateful to him being brave enough to share his pain and his hope. The songs held within A Thousand Suns and Minutes to Midnight gave me solace and peace at times while still giving an outlet to just scream. Seeing him in multiple concert tours was something I’ll never forget. The energy shared between Chester and the fans formed a bond that will take a long time to fade. I’m saddened that he lost the fight to his inner struggles and couldn’t see any other way to end the pain but I know he is at peace now and after everything he struggled through, he deserves just that. Peace.

We’ve done a compilation of some of our favorite Linkin Park songs in the playlist below. We hope you share some of the same favorites as us and if not, we’d love to hear from you in the comments. What were some of your favorite songs? What are your best memories of the band and how did Chester touch your life?

Depression and suicide rates are climbing to an all time high. The stigma that follows this disease is one that often prevents those struggling with their mental health from speaking out and asking for help. You can make a difference.

It doesn’t take much to be kind. A smile or a kind word. It’s easy to hide behind a computer an put others down but remember that words have consequences. You never know if that’ll be the drop that tips the bucket. Think before you speak. If you see someone who is alone or is struggling, be a friend or say something to their friends and family. Be the ray of light in their darkness.

Linkin Park has cancelled their North American leg of the One More Light tour and fans will be refunded the ticket purchase. If you would like to donate the money you had set aside for the concert you can do a lot of help. Karen has selected The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for her donation. Feel free to do the same or just check them out for helpful information or visit Chester.linkinpark.com

“If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do”

Chester Bennignton Photo Credit Linkin Park

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