[88], Producer Markus Schulz made a trance remix of the Linkin Park song "In the End" as tribute to Bennington after his death which he debuted at Tomorrowland. Linkin Park’s new song is a sad reminder for fans of Chester Bennington. After Bennington's death, his widow Talinda Bennington launched a campaign called 320 Changes Direction in honor of her husband to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? [16], Bennington was frustrated and nearly quit his musical career altogether when Jeff Blue, the vice president of artists and repertoire at Zomba Music in Los Angeles, offered him an audition with the future members of Linkin Park (then 'Xero'). Ever. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? [43] In 2006, he married Talinda Ann Bentley, a former Playboy model with whom he had three children: Tyler Lee Bennington (born March 16, 2006) and twins Lily and Lila (born November 9, 2011). The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums ever to achieve that many sales. [9], Bennington first began singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends? He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park and was also lead vocalist for the bands Grey Daze, Dead by Sunrise and, between 2013 and 2015, Stone Temple Pilots. Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. [115] Bennington also played the role of the ill-fated racist Evan in the 2010 film Saw 3D. [12] Years later, he revealed the abuser's identity to his father, but chose not to pursue him after he realized the abuser was a victim himself. Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chester_Bennington&oldid=1000292775, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Pages using Sister project links with hidden wikidata, Pages using Sister project links with default search, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington hints at suicidal thoughts in the chilling lyrics of ‘Heavy’ – one of his final songs The singer was found dead at an LA residence on Thursday Fay Strang The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? "Somewhere I Belong" from Meteora (2003) (When this began) I had nothing to say. The band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, released in 2000, sold almost 5 million copies. Church. "[17][18] Bennington later described the songwriting experience to Rolling Stone magazine in early 2002, "It's easy to fall into that thing – 'poor, poor me', that's where songs like 'Crawling' come from: I can't take myself. Jay-Z and Bennington (with Linkin Park) collaborated on the song. Vicky Cornell, Chris Cornell’s wife, was one of the first to express shock and sympathy after hearing the news of Bennington’s death. His vocals showed tremendous durability for the entirety of his career. [32], In February 2013, Stone Temple Pilots parted ways with long-time lead singer Scott Weiland. By Hannah Preston On 1/9/19 at 8:17 PM EST. [46] In 2011, he said he had quit drinking, noting, "I just don't want to be that person anymore. As an actor, he appeared in films such as Crank (2006), Crank: High Voltage (2009), and Saw 3D (2010). [92][93] Bennington also considered himself as "a huge Madonna fan", crediting her for making him grow up wanting to be a musician. [40], Bennington had a son, Jaime (born May 12, 1996), from his relationship with Elka Brand. It's about how I'm the reason that I feel this way. [102] Writing for The Guardian, Ben Beaumont-Thomas noted "Bennington’s decision to sing clearly and openly was, therefore, more radical than he is given credit for, and indeed more socially valuable". [48], Bennington was a tattoo enthusiast. [8] He worked at a Burger King before starting his career as a professional musician. That's something that we really need to move beyond. I grew up listening to these guys. One of the last songs tragic rocker Chester Bennington recorded before his death has been released. [105] Calum Slingerland, editor of the Canadian periodical Exclaim!, expressed, "[H]is influence has been felt in the worlds of rock, metal, rap, and beyond".[106]. In addition to his family members and close friends, many musicians who toured or played with Linkin Park were also in attendance. [49] He had done work and promotions with Club Tattoo, a tattoo parlor in Tempe, Arizona. [3], Bennington struggled with depression and substance abuse for most of his life, starting in his childhood. [82] Some of his former bandmates from Dead by Sunrise and Grey Daze united to perform a tribute for Bennington during a concert on September 2 in Las Vegas. Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and this is where he first met Christy Morris. Bennington also made a surprise guest appearance during Z-Trip's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2005. An inside look at singer's life and death. [64] He attempted to cope with the injury and perform with the aid of crutches and a knee scooter. [116] He was one of several rock musicians who spoke about the industry on Jared Leto's 2012 documentary, Artifact. Linkin Park's second-last single, Heavy, released in February this year. [81] On August 27, during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, Jared Leto received media attention for his tribute to Bennington and Chris Cornell. And I get lost in … Bennington first began singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends? [12] After the divorce, Bennington's father gained custody of him. Grey Daze, the band Chester Bennington was in before joining Linkin Park, have announced a new album and released a new track called ‘Sickness’, which features the late singer’s vocals. [8] Bennington started abusing alcohol, marijuana, opium, cocaine, meth, and LSD. As promised, Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton has teamed up with late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington for a new song called "Cross Off." [84][85][86], Rapper Jay-Z paid tribute to Bennington on several occasions by performing "Numb/Encore" live. [62] Bennington injured his shoulder during the band's tour in Asia and was advised by doctors to have immediate surgery, cancelling their final show at Pensacola Beach, Florida, and ending their tour. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Word of the … [5], The New York Times' Jon Caramanica commented that Bennington's ability to "pair serrated rawness with sleek melody" separated him from other contemporary singers, and also from the artists he was influenced by. We loved to write lyrics because we both have a talent to express emotional intent. Culture. [80] Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral. The band's debut album, Out of Ashes, was released on October 13, 2009. [74][75], Bennington's funeral was held on July 29 at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California. The setlist included original Stone Temple Pilots songs, as well as their first single with Bennington on vocals called "Out of Time", which debuted on May 19 and was available for free download via their official website. [9] Both members also worked together to write lyrics for the band's songs. [25] In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era and the third-best of the new millennium. [28], Bennington co-founded Dead by Sunrise, an electronic rock band from Los Angeles, California, with Orgy and Julien-K members Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck in 2005. Linkin Park. "[7] Bennington primarily served as Linkin Park's lead vocalist, but occasionally shared the role with Shinoda. [7][8] Bennington took an interest in music at a young age, citing the bands Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots as his earliest inspirations,[9] and dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilots, which he later achieved when he became their lead singer. Linkin Park later canceled the remainder of their tour to allow Bennington to undergo surgery and recover. [29][30] Dead by Sunrise made their live debut in May 2008, performing at the 13th anniversary party for Club Tattoo in Tempe, Arizona. [41] He married his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, on October 31, 1996. [33], Bennington reflected on joining Stone Temple Pilots, stating, "Every band has its own kind of vibe. [107], Bennington executive-produced the 2012 debut EP Us–You for Los Angeles hard rock band Hellflower, which is fronted by his long-time friend and Director of Activities (D.O.A.) Bandmate and close friend Mike Shinoda confirmed his death on Twitter, writing, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Tibor Bozi/Redux He later struggled with cocaine and methamphetamine addictions. Mark Morton - Anesthetic is available now. In May 2017, Linkin Park released One More Light, their last album with Bennington. [94], Several publications have commented on the music legacy Bennington left with the bands and projects he worked in. etnies and Chester Bennington Launch Club Tattoo Collaboration with Exclusive Art Show in NYC! [4] On July 20, 2017, he was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California; his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. "[47] Bennington later battled an alcohol addiction during his tenure with Linkin Park, which he overcame following an intervention from his bandmates. Share. The song is the first single from their seventh studio album, One More Light. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer." Order here: https://markmorton.lnk.to/anestheticMusic video by Mark Morton performing Cross … Linkin Park. Linkin Park (L to R): Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Phoenix. After the band’s second album, Meteora, cemented the band's fame, three albums released between 2007 and 2013 all reached number one in the United States. The band recruited Bennington to replace Weiland in May 2013. [95][96] While describing the success of Bennington and Linkin Park, Allmusic's Andrew Leahey said, "Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music ... focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda". Chester Bennington and Mark Morton, courtesy of Atom Splitter PR One of Chester Bennington ’s last known recordings is now available for everyone to … [101] While talking about Linkin Park's popularity, Corey Apar, of AllMusic, commented, "Bennington's oft-tortured vocals became one of the most distinctive in the alternative rock scene". The video features concert footage and the band's interaction with fans. [103], James Hingle echoed this sentiment, writing for Kerrang! Linkin Park put out their last album with Chester Bennington. and together they released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. BBC's Steve Holden called Bennington the "voice of a generation", saying his voice was arguably Linkin Park's greatest asset. Though the lyricist and vocalist, with other band mates, has had a career full of dark lyrics--a depiction of his tumultuous life, dotted with molestation, addiction and abuse--the last few songs Chester wrote hold deeper meaning than the others, especially now. The band recorded a demo in 1993 and two albums: Wake Me in 1994, and ...No Sun Today in 1997. The band's follow-up album to 2014's The Hunting Party was a huge departure in terms of its genre. "[77] Shinoda noted that Bennington was very emotional when the band performed "One More Light" in his honor on Jimmy Kimmel Live!,[79] and could not finish singing the song because he started getting choked up during the rehearsal. It is the band's last single … Burn It Down. Townsend was found guilty of tampering with the couple's email, as well as sending threatening messages, and was later sentenced to two years in prison. ​He later performed Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at Cornell's funeral. [7] Shinoda characterized the lyrics as interpretations of universal feelings, emotions, and experiences, and as "everyday emotions you talk about and think about. [41] Bennington's relationship with his first wife declined during his early years with Linkin Park, and they divorced in 2005. [65][66][67], Shortly before 9:00 a.m. PDT on July 20, 2017, Bennington was found dead by his housekeeper at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Bennington overcame his drug addiction and would go on to denounce drug use in future interviews. Chester Bennington dedicated a song to his late friend Chris Cornell in one of the Linkin Park frontman’s final performances. (Mindless Self Indulgence Vs. Julien-K & Chester Bennington Remix)", This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 14:44. [117], Bennington was working with Church on developing an upcoming television show, Mayor of the World, with executive producer Trip Taylor.[118]. Mike Shinoda has made a heartfelt statement about the new Mark Morton song featuring the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Lamb of God star Mark Morton and the late Linkin Park frontman teamed up on Cross Off, which will appear on the guitarist’s upcoming album Anesthetic. [6] His mother was a nurse, while his father was a police detective who worked on child sexual abuse cases. [13], Bennington's parents divorced when he was 11 years old. [5], Chester Charles Bennington was born on March 20, 1976, in Phoenix, Arizona. During a recent livestream, Mike Shinoda revealed that Linkin Park have an unreleased song that features the band's late vocalist Chester Bennington. That's their business and they can speak their mind. The album will be released by Loma Vista Recording and in a new interview with Kerrang!, GREY DAZE drummer Sean Dowdell spoke about how the post-grunge outfit first formed and his first impressions of Chester Bennington saying: “He and I had a connection in writing music together. [10][34][35], In 2005, Bennington appeared on "Walking Dead", the lead single from turntablist Z-Trip's debut album Shifting Gears. Bennington and Cornell struck up a friendship during a tour of Australia in 2007, during which Cornell opened for Linkin Park. [27] In 2012, the band was voted as the greatest artist of the 2000s in a Bracket Madness poll on VH1. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Cornell was introduced to video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero by Bennington, he said in a 2011 interview with Collider. [20] The band's second album, Meteora (2003), reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart,[21] as did its third album, Minutes to Midnight (2007). [68][69] His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The Los Angeles coroner said it appeared the musician had taken his own life, Bennington's band Linkin Park had scheduled dates for a new tour when news of his death broke, The singer had long suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, Bennington's band was formed in 1996 and had international success with its 2000 album Hybrid Theory, The singer was found dead at his home north of Los Angeles, Chester Bennington performs in concert during the 2015, Chester Bennington (right) and keyboardist Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park perform during their opening concert at the VOLT Festival in Hungary last month, Bennington in concert at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, 2013, The singer performing in Las Vegas in 2015, Bennington performs with guitarist Slash at the ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit concert in Los Angeles in 2013, Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Cornell was introduced to video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero by Bennington, he said in a 2011 interview with, After Cornell’s death in May, Bennington wrote, an open letter describing his grief and saying his friend's talent was "pure and unrivalled. When Chester Bennington comes to mind, it’s hard not to think of his ability to pour emotion into his songs, ranging from his impressive screams or ability to sing softer songs. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The song's title is the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Burning in the Skies. [3] Writing for Billboard, Dan Weiss stated that Bennington "turned nu-metal universal". [72] The band canceled the rest of their One More Light Tour and refunded tickets. [11] He was afraid to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying, and the abuse continued until he was 13 years old. [14] The abuse and his situation at home affected him so much that he felt the urge to run away and kill people. [12] To comfort himself, he drew pictures and wrote poetry and songs. Word of the 41-year-old's suicide in his Los Angeles home came on the day Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell would have turned 53. Coldplay's Chris Martin paid tribute to Bennington during the band's North American tour concert at MetLife Stadium, playing an acoustic version of "Crawling" on piano. [54], In a January 2011 interview, in response to the 2011 Tucson shooting, Bennington said, "There's a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across – regardless of what you're saying or what your point is. This tweet resurfaced in July 2020 after Linkin Park sent Trump a cease and desist order for using "In the End" in an ad for his re-election campaign that year. September 8, 2010. "Talking To Myself" was released at 9.01am, reportedly just minutes after Bennington's … [58][59], Bennington sustained a wrist injury in October 2007 while attempting to jump off a platform during a show in Melbourne at the Rod Laver Arena. On May 18, 2013, Bennington took the stage at KROQ's Weenie Roast with the band. Watch the video for The Wizard Song by Chester Bennington for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. On January 29, 2017, he tweeted that Trump was "worse than terrorism". Chester Bennington rose to fame as the frontman of Linkin Park in 2000, but faced a longtime battle with addiction and depression before he died of … [2] Linkin Park's following studio albums, from Meteora (2003) to One More Light (2017), continued the band's success. Linkin Park have unreleased songs featuring Chester Bennington but it’ll be ‘years’ before we hear them. [26] Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. [37] He also joined Alice in Chains and performed the song "Man in the Box" at KROQ's Inland Invasion Festival in 2006. Bennington and Shinoda wrote the lyrics to Hybrid Theory based on some early material. I don't say 'you' at any point. For confidential support on mental health call Samaritans free from any phone, at any time, on 116 123 (UK & RoI) or email jo@samaritans.org. [24] The band has won two Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and three World Music Awards. Linkin Park released the new single on the day Chester Bennington's body was found. The tweet resurfaced shortly after Trump was met with backlash for retweeting a campaign video featuring the Linkin Park song 'In the End'. Recording Industry Association of America. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one. Bennington had struggled with alcohol and drug addictions and was a victim of child abuse. [77], Bennington filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke six days before his death. “ ’Crawling,’ for example, is probably the most literal song lyrically I’d ever written for Linkin Park,” Bennington said of the single, … You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. "[70] On July 21, Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the office of the medical examiner-coroner, confirmed that a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found at the scene, but no other drugs were present. Bennington’s last gig with Linkin Park was at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham in the UK on 6 July. "[55], Bennington was a critic of U.S. president Donald Trump. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's last days were marked by both hope and heaviness. Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) Chester Bennington dedicated a song to his late friend Chris Cornell in one of the Linkin Park frontman’s final performances. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. [77] He was also the godfather of Cornell's son Christopher. Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person's life. 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