Artists Pay Tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington
Without Chester Bennington, there would be no Linkin Park. The chart-topping rock group from Agoura Hills, California, perhaps best known for head-thrashers like “One Step Closer,” “Crawling” and “In The End,” penetrated the mainstream with their massive 2000 debut Hybrid theory, which was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2010.
Bennington’s distinct vocals, which could teeter between soothing chants and ear-piercing screams, often painted vivid portraits of mental struggle and troubled relationships in a way that not only shook speakers but guide those seeking escape from life’s lowlights. Linkin Park wouldn’t just keep their talents in-house but later collaborated with the likes of JAY-Z (see: 2004′s collaborative rap-metal EP Collision Course), Pusha-T, Stormzy and Kiiara. Bennington also briefly fronted the Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
The group’s final studio effort was 2017′s One More Light, which served as their sixth album to go No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in May. Linkin Park were also plotting a tour, that was slated to kick off this week. Bennington passed on the birthday of his late friend and collaborator, Chris Cornell.
Below, we’ll be collecting quotes and tweets from artists paying tribute to Chester Bennington, including Bennington’s fellow co-founding band member, Mike Shinoda.
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“RIP Chester. Tragic ending. Condolences his family and friends and Linkin Park” – Chance The Rapper
“Chester it was truly a pleasure, thank you for sharing your greatness… #RIP #LinkinPark” – Pusha T
“#LinkinPark means a lot of things to a lot of people…definitely means a lot to me…condolences to his family and my fellow LP heads..” – Lupe Fiasco
“I am heartbroken you do not know what someone’s going through serious. Prayers up for your family right now my brother” – Stormzy
“My heart is shattered. I can’t fucking believe this is real. Crying writing this now. Destroyed.” – Steve Aoki
“Chester was and will continue to be one of our biggest inspirations but this is not just limited to his music but even more so his character as a person. He was the type of artist you can only dream to aspire to be even a fraction as amazing as he was. We learned so much about ourselves through his music and hearing of his death is like losing a piece of yourself. We are so sorry for his family but this is a man that will never be forgotten ever by us or the world at large. “ – The Chainsmokers
“In the end, it really matters. You will be missed. RIP Chester Bennington” – Nicky Romero
“Dam chester and linkin park shaped our diy mentality, big inspiration overall. Crazy loss #RIPChesterBennington” – Far East Movement
“rip chester bennington. you inspired an entire generation with your voice.” – Jai Wolf
“Literally the most impressive talent I’ve ever seen live! Vocal beast! #RIPChester #LinkinPark” – Rihanna
“artists are ppl compelled to bring beauty into a world that can be so dark. makes sense then that artists are always conscious of darkness.. .. & maybe at times made more vulnerable by it? i don’t know. life can be relentless. heart hurts for Chester’s family/band/friends/fans.” – Paramore’s Hayley Williams
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