Hi all, this is just a quick posting about a piece of news that appeared recently: the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Sadly, his body was found on Thursday 20th July 2017, and the reports are that he committed suicide by hanging himself. He was only 41.
I was a teen when Linkin Park released their first album, Hybrid Theory. At the time, I wasn’t a big fan of the Nu Metal scene. Bar a handful of bands, the whole thing was so far removed from what I liked in metal, and I was rarely buying anything by new bands. Hybrid Theorywas a big exception for a number of reasons, one of which was Chester’s voice. Even as raw as it was back then, it stood out in a big way compared to the other vocalists that were coming through at the time.
Between the voice and the energy that he had on stage, Chester was a special talent in the world of metal. But, he was also troubled. He had a long history of alcohol and drug problems, as well as depression stemming from childhood abuse.
In his memory, I’m posting the first and last songs that I heard with him taking the lead on vocals below (though there were a ton of classics in between). Both these clips are live versions from a gig less than a month ago, and show both his heavier and softer side.
RIP Chester, and thank you for the great music.