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/In cards and flowers on your window/
One of Chester Bennington’s last tweets was a picture of him and his bandmates with hip-hop artist and poet Watsky. The caption reads, “Can’t wait to see where this goes.” This was retweeted by Bennington on July 15, 5 days before the Linkin Park frontman’s suicide by hanging.
/Your friends all plead for you to stay/
Linkin Park rose to fame in 1996, when their debut album Hybrid Theory sold 10 MILLION units and went DIAMOND. There are only 90 albums to have ever earned this certification. But, I wouldn’t expect one of the most legendary bands to do anything not legendary. If you were an angsty t(w)een like myself, then you know how the brilliant merger of nu metal and so-called rap metal that took over the radio lit a fire under our bums in the front seat of our parent’s car while they drove us to the worst place on earth: high school.
Chester Bennington battled drugs, alcohol and depression his entire life, a theme that definitely comes across is just about every Linkin Park song. In fact, I could probably write an ode to Chester using just Linkin Park lyrics. But I’m not going to.
/Sometimes beginnings aren't so simple/
Linkin Park has brought pop punk to a whole new level of fame, and incited crazy collaborations old and new, those including Jay-Z, Rakim, Tom Morello, Steve Aioki, and Kiiara (whose lyrics for the song were written by pop moguls Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter) to name a few.
I never had the chance to see Linkin Park (or Stone Temple Pilots) live but there’s no doubt in my mind that they put on one helluva show. I couldn’t help but shed a tear when listening to radio hosts and former friends of Bennington mourn his death and revive his spirit. If you have any memories or experiences with this amazing, multi-genre, rock band, please share and keep Chester’s memory alive.
/Sometimes goodbye's the only way, oh/
We often view people in the limelight as immortal and revere them for their talent. We often forget that they are regular people too, like you and me, just a little but cooler. Everyone battles their own demons. Apparently some more than we know. We watched it happen with Bowie, Chris Cornell, Claude Trucks of the Allman Brothers, and so many more just in 2017 alone. Mental illness is a serious disease, and we need to mindful and help those around us. And help ourselves. At 41 years young, Chester has left behind his wife and six children. And his bandmates. And his fans.
And tonight, Mr. Bennington, the sun will set for you. RIP.