Remembering Chester Bennington

On Thursday 20th July, the devastating news that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had died completely shattered the music world. The band performed at the Barclaycard Arena just a few weeks ago, little did we know that it would turnout to be Chester's swan song.

The tributes continue to flow in for someone who will go down as a pioneer of nu-metal rock and shaped a lot of the bands and music we listen to and love today.

Chester Resize

Grime sensation Stormzy, who collaborated with Linkin Park on their latest album, tweeted his tribute to Chester as the news broke: “Rest in perfect peace my brother...Chester the legend. Thank you for inspiring me. Prayers up for your loved ones and family.”

It’s obviously not the first time that the LP boys toyed with genres outside of the rock remit - their mash-up masterpiece with Jay-Z, Collison Course, will forever go down as an iconic piece of art.

One of the hardest things to accept about Chester’s death is that he and the rest of the Linkin Park family performed here in Birmingham only a few weeks ago. The show was incredible. The atmosphere was unbelievable. The fans were amazing. But little did we know that this would be their last show with Chester.

Muse, Big Boi, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Rihanna (just to name a few) all tweeted their heartfelt condolences to Chester, his family and his band members.

Forming in 1996, Linkin Park was originally a three-piece consisting of Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson. In 1999, after numerous failed recruits for a frontman, Chester Bennington left behind Grey Daze and officially joined Linkin Park…one year later, Hybrid Theory was born.

The album which featured legendary nu-metal tunes including Crawling, One Step Closer, In The End and Papercut, went on to receive numerous accolades including a GRAMMY Award for Best Hard Rock Performance and two further GRAMMY nominations – this wasn’t any ordinary EP, it was ground-breaking.

How on earth could Chester and the band follow up the success of Hybrid Theory? The answer, Meteora! The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide (and counting)!

The 13-track EP gave us almost double the tracks featured on Hybrid Theory and cemented Linkin Park's place, led by Chester’s powerful vocals, as one of the driving forces behind the rise of nu-metal rock. Stand out tracks on the album; Faint, Somewhere I Belong and Lying From You played second fiddle to what has become one of LP’s biggest and most recognised hits, Numb.

After a four-year break, and work on many side projects, the guys hit the studio together again in 2007 to produce Minutes to Midnight, which sparked another 4 releases within a decade, their latest One More Light, unfortunately being their last.

The album carries so much weight and perhaps was more contemporary compared their previous releases. Again, toying with other genres, involving unexpected artists and nailing a modern take on nu-metal, One More Light has given us exactly that, one more super bright Linkin Park shaped light for us to cherish.

Chester Bennington will go down in history as an icon. He’s untimely and shocking death has shook the music world hard. Many fans have stated how Linkin Park’s music hepled them through so many difficult times. This is another difficult time. And the only way to get through it is by remembering just how great Chester was as a person and as an artist, and just how great his music was – he may be gone, but his music will live on forever.