(Mindless Self Indulgence Vs. Julien-K & Chester Bennington Remix)", This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 14:44. It is the band's last single … Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. [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). Later, Dowdell and Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Daze, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona. 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[117], Bennington was working with Church on developing an upcoming television show, Mayor of the World, with executive producer Trip Taylor.[118]. Bennington has been credited by several publications as one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation.[1]. [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'). Mike Shinoda has made a heartfelt statement about the new Mark Morton song featuring the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. [41] He married his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, on October 31, 1996. Later, Dowdell and Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Daze, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to his family members and close friends, many musicians who toured or played with Linkin Park were also in attendance. [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. [14] The abuse and his situation at home affected him so much that he felt the urge to run away and kill people. [8] He worked at a Burger King before starting his career as a professional musician. In May 2017, Linkin Park released One More Light, their last album with 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. Mark Morton - Anesthetic is available now. It was later announced by Bennington and the band in an exclusive KROQ interview that he was officially the new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and discussed the possibility of a new album and tour. 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[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. His vocals showed tremendous durability for the entirety of his career. Linkin Park released the new single on the day Chester Bennington's body was found. [26] Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. [16] After facing numerous rejections, Blue, now a vice president of artists and repertoire at Warner Bros., intervened again to help the band sign with Warner Bros. He became the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the extended play record High Rise on October 8, 2013, via their own record label, Play Pen, but left in 2015 to focus solely on Linkin Park. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the nu-metal group Linkin Park. Bennington overcame his drug addiction and would go on to denounce drug use in future interviews. Kevin Winter/Getty Images. "Somewhere I Belong" from Meteora (2003) (When this began) I had nothing to say. Bennington's family allowed the episode to be aired on October 12, 2017. [77] Cornell's death was also ruled as suicide by hanging two months earlier. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's last days were marked by both hope and heaviness. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? [97] Writing for Billboard, Dan Weiss stated that Bennington "turned nu-metal universal," as he was "clearly an important conduit for his far-ranging audience". Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? [64] He attempted to cope with the injury and perform with the aid of crutches and a knee scooter. [2] Linkin Park's following studio albums, from Meteora (2003) to One More Light (2017), continued the band's success. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. [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". [10][34][35], In 2005, Bennington appeared on "Walking Dead", the lead single from turntablist Z-Trip's debut album Shifting Gears. The song, … [49] He had done work and promotions with Club Tattoo, a tattoo parlor in Tempe, Arizona. “ ’Crawling,’ for example, is probably the most literal song lyrically I’d ever written for Linkin Park,” Bennington said of the single, … "Cry To Yourself" (also known as "State of the Art"), N/A - originally intended for DJ Lethal's unreleased album "State of the Art", "Rock N' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) (Part 2) / Knockers", "What Do They Know? [29][30] Dead by Sunrise made their live debut in May 2008, performing at the 13th anniversary party for Club Tattoo in Tempe, Arizona. [100] Jonathan McAloon of The Daily Telegraph commented, "Bennington’s death will have an impact on many millennials because his voice was the sound of their millennium". Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Chester Bennington. [114] He later appeared as a horse-track spectator in the film's 2009 sequel, Crank: High Voltage. [57] In the summer of 2003, he began to suffer from extreme abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues while filming the music video for "Numb" in Prague. Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998. Chester Bennington's Posthumous Cryptic Song 'Cross Off' Sheds Light into the Mind of Late Linkin Park Singer. Burn It Down. [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. 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. [68][69] His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. The song is the first single from their seventh studio album, One More Light. [116] He was one of several rock musicians who spoke about the industry on Jared Leto's 2012 documentary, Artifact. Linkin Park (L to R): Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson and Phoenix. Club Tattoo is owned by Sean Dowdell, Bennington's friend since high school with whom he played in two bands. [77] He was also the godfather of Cornell's son Christopher. Chester Bennington dedicated a song to his late friend Chris Cornell in one of the Linkin Park frontman’s final performances. 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. [15]  At the age of 17, Bennington moved in with his mother. Bandmate and close friend Mike Shinoda confirmed his death on Twitter, writing, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. During a Twitch live-stream, Mike Shinoda confirmed the existence of an unreleased Linkin Park song, titled "Friendly Fire", which features vocal tracks Bennington recorded during the One More Light sessions. [63], Bennington injured his ankle in January 2015 during a basketball game. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The band's follow-up album to 2014's The Hunting Party was a huge departure in terms of its genre. [77] Bennington was a close friend of Cornell's. 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. [83] Linkin Park also hosted a public tribute for Bennington in Los Angeles on October 27, titled Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington. [56], Bennington was plagued with poor health during the making of Meteora, and struggled to attend some of the album's recording sessions. Caramanica noted, "He was an emo sympathizer in a time when heavy metal was still setting the agenda for mainstream hard rock, and a hip-hop enthusiast who found ways to make hip-hop-informed music that benefited from his very un-hip-hop skill set". [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. [94], Several publications have commented on the music legacy Bennington left with the bands and projects he worked in. The song "Out of Time" is featured on their EP High Rise, which was released on October 8, 2013. [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.) [8][9][13] He was physically bullied in high school. Introducing a song from Linkin Park’s new album, Bennington said: “We were going to come out and play ‘Have You’ first, but in light of our dear friend Chris Cornell passing away we decided to play One More Light in honour of him, to start this off: we love you Chris.”, Lyrics from the song include: “Should've stayed, were there signs, I ignored? [76], Bennington's death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. [71] A toxicology report released in December reported "a trace amount" of alcohol in Bennington's system at the time of death. Records. As an actor, he appeared in films such as Crank (2006), Crank: High Voltage (2009), and Saw 3D (2010). "[55], Bennington was a critic of U.S. president Donald Trump. [104] In the same topic, William Goodman from Billboard said Bennington and fellow musicians Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland "helped define a generation of the hard rock sound, who were tied together artistically and personally". 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[16], On October 24, 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory, through Warner Bros. Records. [10] Bennington was a victim of sexual abuse from an older male friend when he was seven years old. 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 As Bennington acquired influences from industrial and hardcore punk acts, the journalist believed this was the factor that made Linkin Park survive the "rise and precipitous fall of the rap-rock era", calling the musician "a rock music polymath". [73] Following his death, Linkin Park took a hiatus until April 2020, when Dave Farrell revealed the band was working on new music. September 8, 2010. Bennington’s songs, many co-written with Shinoda, became anthems for young people struggling with some of the same emotional issues. He was forced to return to the United States for surgery, and filmed the remainder of the music video in Los Angeles. [41] Bennington's relationship with his first wife declined during his early years with Linkin Park, and they divorced in 2005. Ever. [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". [90] Althea Legaspi of Rolling Stone wrote: "Bennington's voice embodied the anguish and wide-ranging emotions of the lyrics, from capturing life's vulnerable moments to the fury and catharsis found in his belted screams, which he would often move between at the turn of a dime. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person's life. 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. 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. [89], Bennington possessed a three octave tenor vocal range, beginning at the low bass G (G2), and reaching its peak at the tenor G (G5). [Chester Bennington:] This is my December This is my time of the year This is my December This is all so clear This is my December This is my snow … 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." Bennington and Shinoda wrote the lyrics to Hybrid Theory based on some early material. Despite the injury, he continued to perform the entire show with a broken wrist, before heading to the emergency room where he received five stitches. [9] Both members also worked together to write lyrics for the band's songs. [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]. "Heavy" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park, featuring guest vocals from American singer Kiiara. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. The single was released for download on February 16, 2017, and was premiered on radio on February 21. On May 18, 2013, Bennington took the stage at KROQ's Weenie Roast with the band. 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. [98] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times argued, "Perhaps more than Linkin Park's influential sound, Bennington's real artistic legacy will be the message he put across – the reassurance he offered from the dark".[99]. [7] Shinoda characterized the lyrics as interpretations of universal feelings, emotions, and experiences, and as "everyday emotions you talk about and think about. [80] Bennington sang Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral. 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. Bennington and Cornell struck up a friendship during a tour of Australia in 2007, during which Cornell opened for Linkin Park. April 16, … and together they released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. [84][85][86], Rapper Jay-Z paid tribute to Bennington on several occasions by performing "Numb/Encore" live. Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Titled "Talking To Myself", the song is in itself about substance abuse, and the lyrics, especially on the hindsight, is eerie. [22][23] Linkin Park has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Linkin Park. [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. [87] Several other artists, including Ryan Key (formerly of Yellowcard), rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Imagine Dragons and Godsmack, also either covered Linkin Park songs (usually "Crawling") or played their own songs during concerts as tribute to Bennington in the days and months following his death. Bennington's parents separated in the late 1980s. People are sharing an old Chester Bennington tweet slamming Donald Trump on the third anniversary of the Linkin Park singer's death. Covered by Vitamin String Quartet. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. The band recruited Bennington to replace Weiland in May 2013. Bennington also made a surprise guest appearance during Z-Trip's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2005. [77], Bennington filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke six days before his death. Linkin Park had released a new video just hours before reports of Bennington's death emerged. 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. [37] He also joined Alice in Chains and performed the song "Man in the Box" at KROQ's Inland Invasion Festival in 2006. 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