The well re-known Linkin Park band Singer Chester Bennington died (July 20, 2017) at aged 41, he was a momentous singer in the 21st Century. He was leading light of NU Metal Genre, the remarkable bench mark he made on that time by selling 70 million albums worldwide and worked with a vast lineup from Jay-Z to Motley Crue and Santana. He worked really hard and struggled a lot to become a successful artist, he faced lots of troubles in his career; he battled alcohol and drug abuse issues, also he spoke about being a victim of child abuse in interviews.
Chester born in Phoenix, Arizona (March 20, 1976). He was raised by his mother who was nurse and his father was a detective mostly his father investigate child abuse cases. As I mentioned he faced lots of troubles during his career, his childhood was also full of troubles, his parents divorced and his father gained the custody of him. He was 7 years old when sexually abused by one of his older age male friend.
At the age of 13, Chester turned to drugs which includes opium, amphetamine and cocaine. In school he was physically bullied, he was knocked like rag doll at school because he was skinny and look different.
At the age of 17, Chester moved in with his mother and that was the day he started his music career, he started singing in a band called Sean Dowdell and his friends. Later he released three albums with Dowdell, Grey Daze during 1990s. In 1996 he married to his first wife Samantha Olit with whom he had a son Draven. In 1998 he leaved Grey Daze, he was ready to quit the Music when Jeff Blue who was the Vice president of A&R at Zomba Music gave him a chance to be a lead singer with the band that become Linkin Park in 1999 He find a creative bond with co-vocalist Mike Shinoda and ultimately Linkin Park signed to Warner Bros. This rose the rising wave of nu metal to number two on the US billboard chart with their 2000 debut album “Hybrid Theory”.
Linkin Park way to Success
Chester and his co-artists amalgam of Hard Rock, Rap and Electronica made the Linkin Park becoming a culture-shifting sensation. They won multiple of Grammys and by selling 30 million copies of album with in two years which was the biggest selling debut album of the 21st century. After the long period of time of 14 years Linkin Park performed the record in its entirety during their download festival in 2014.
Linkin Park was Rocking all the way and heroes to a generation of teenage rap-metal fans has barely waned since. In 2003 they featured “Numb” sold 27 million copies which was the third best selling album in 2003. The hype of this band made the success of it further by critical acclaim when numerous songs were mashed-up with Jay-Z tracks.
Chester also took time out of music and participated in several offshoots. Around the time he divorced his first wife and later he married to a former play boy model Talinda Bentley. During his time in Linkin Park, he kicked his drinking and drug habits. He appeared in several films which are Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Crank and the sequel Crank: High Voltage.
In 2017 interviews for the ‘One More Light’ album, Bennington opened up about his recent issues, which had inspired the album. “During 2015, 2016… there was a bunch of other stuff in my personal life that just went fucking crazy,” he told Rock Sound in March. “I spent a lot of those two years trying to hold my world together and everybody else was going through a lot of crazy shit too on a personal level… I feel like it was a legitimate breakdown of me as a human being and then going through all of the effort and hard work it takes to rebuild it and reaping the rewards. A huge part of that is being able to be open and honest and real with the people in my life, and that means my band members and being able to put it down in music and get it out.”
He spoke specifically about the song ‘Heavy’, saying, “When I’m opening that song saying, ‘I don’t like my mind right now’, that’s fucking real. It is not a safe place for me to be unless I’m doing what I need to do – taking care of myself, being real, being open, getting it out, taking all the steps to make myself whole, then it’s a pretty safe neighbourhood, but it goes bad real fast. It’s great to get that shit out. I recommend that everyone goes and writes their problems down on a piece of paper, takes it outside and fucking burns that shit. Talk to somebody about it. I’m fortunate enough to be a member of some twelve-step programs, and we get in a room with a bunch of people who don’t know each other and we all talk about our lives… I know exactly who I am, I know exactly what I’m made of and I’m totally happy with it. So it’s really great to be able to be doing what I do, especially for a person like me.”
Chester Bennington was found dead in his Palos Verdes states home in California from an apparent suicide. He leaves behind a wife and six children. His death made everyone Shocked and Heart Broken.