Monday, January 1, 2018

[TRIBUTE] RIP Chester Bennington | @LinkinPark @ChesterBe

Early Years of Linkin Park

Linkin Park an American rock band consisting of Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, Dave Farrell, and Chester Bennington. They began their journey into the music industry in 1996 in Agoura Hills, California by three high school friends Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, and Brad Delson. After the three friends graduated from, Agoura Hills High School, their passion for music decided to take them to the rough journey of pursuing their dreams within the music scene. During this transition they came across Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell and Mark Wakefield who become the newest members of the band, then called Xero. The struggles of becoming an overnight sensation proved to be a reality as they cut their first tape titled “Xero”. The success of the tape was at a stalemate which caused Wakefield to venture off to find more successful opportunities, and left the band without a lead vocalist. 

In March of 1999 the bands search for a lead vocalist was over, the band was introduced to Chester Bennington, an Arizona Native, by the then vice president of Zomba Music, Jeff Blue. Bennington had experience and fit the bill in what the band was looking for because of his unique singing style. Bennington was formerly a part of a grunge band by the name of “Grey Daze”, and become the top prospect for the band. 

Shortly after bringing Bennington on board, the band agreed to change its name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. The connection between Shinoda and Bennington really help the band revive after the utter disappointment of their last project, and the loss of their earlier lead singer, Wakefield. In 1999 the band put together their first EP titled Hybrid Theory. The band decided that it was time to change the name of the band from XERO to “Linkin Park” which was in memory of a Santa Monica park, Lincoln Park, which was changed to Christine Emerson Reed Park, but chose “Linkin” so they could aquire the online domain Jeff Blue worked and renegotiated his contract with Warner Brothers Records to include Linkin Park signing under the terms, so Linkin Park got their shot at fame after failing on three different occasions. 

October 24th, 2000 Linkin Park under the direction of Warner Brothers records release a remastered version of their EP, to create their very first LP “Hybrid Theory”. The record contained such songs as Crawling, In The End, and a Cure for the itch which went on and sold 4.8 million within the first year. Hybrid Theory went on to to win the “Best Ever Rock Album” in 2001. Following the release of Hybrid Theory, the band created the remixes of their previous project titled “Reanimation”. Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, Living Things and their second remix album Recharged in 2013, The Hunting Party and their most current album “One More Light”. With loads of success Linkin Park has become the most recognizable face in the music industry, working with people just as Steve Akoi, Jay-Z (for the Numb/Encore collaboration), Black Thought, and more. After gaining worldwide success and loads of notoriety, you would think that they would live happy and remain humble right?

Tragedy Strikes The Music Industry

Starting in 2015 the band began working on a new project which Chester believed would open the door for new fans, and give the current fans something new as they where trying something that nobody ever thought they would do. In Feb 2017 the bands lead single from the record featuring pop singer Kiiara was released and available for download. This is the first time that band has ever worked with a female artist on a project, so this truly means they where extending their arm to do something new. The album “One More Light” was officially released May 19th, 2017

After a few shows in their current tour “One More Light World Tour” the world got a tragic shock. Reported by TMZ the news broke that Chester Bennington, has committed suicide in his California home, noted to be by hanging. Mike Shinoda posted on his twitter and confirmed this tragic event and fans from all over where shocked and hurting. Chester Bennington was loved by many and truly will be missed. It is believed that every song that he has done was a cry for help, but nobody heard the cry until now. The cry was so loud, and he even stated that he was depressed but the cry went unanswered. He is survived by his wife Talinda Bennington, and children. 

October 27th, 2017 Linkin Park put together a concert to honor the fallen rock icon, Chester Bennington, with guests such as Blink-182, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Machine Gun Kelly, System of a Down's Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan, Kiiara and members of Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard and Bring Me the Horizon. Even though it was short notice the concert sold out with fans who came to honor Bennington and pay tribute to the band. 

Whats in store for the band you wonder? It is untold what’s in store for Linkin Park. All we know is the message that Bennington left with his band and the honor that we all had to hear this amazing voice entertaining us for years. The loss of a rock icon shocked so many in the world even celebrities. Chester never seemed depressed, but depression hits people at a different level. Talinda Bennington started a viral hashtag #FuckDepression to fight the mental plague that haunts so many individuals. December 15th, 2017 the band released their third live CD "One More Light Live" and their first album since Benningtons death, in honor of the late singer. Let's all remember how this legends fate speaks to us all when it comes to mental abuse from this depression monster, we as the human race need to fight this demon. If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression please let them know that they have someone and don't let their cry for help go unanswered.