Chester Bennington, the man who fought everything that the world threw at him. Chester Bennington, the little boy who was abused as a child. Chester Bennington, the young man who was bullied most of his school life. Chester Bennington, the man who fought addiction for years. Chester Bennington, who found solace in writing poetry and songs when his whole world was collapsing around him. Chester Bennington, the man with whose music, an entire generation grew up.
I remember the first English song I heard. It was Linkin Park’s In the End. And it was a big deal for me because I grew up listening to Bollywood. In the End was the only English song I listened and of which, I was able to make out some of the lyrics. I remember singing “It doesn’t even matter” (the only part I could make out) to look cool. As I grew up, I explored more from Linkin Park and understood what their songs meant, and how powerful they were. They gave me hope, they still do. I have a quite a few of their songs in my phone’s playlist right now. But today, we lost something. Music lost something.
Chester Bennington was found dead in his apartment from apparent suicide by hanging. The reason for the suicide isn’t yet confirmed. The news hit me like a punch in the gut. The man whose songs opened a whole new world to me is dead. And not just me, everyone I grew up with was introduced to Rock and Metal thanks to them. We listened to them when life put us down, we listened to them when we needed that push, we listened to them when we were afraid. Seeing Chester in those videos now hurts. But we’re thankful to him and Linkin Park to make this struggle, a little bit easier. As a tribute to him, we’ve made this video.