Metal and Rock Celebrities React to the Death of Chester Bennington
The world was shocked yesterday by the news that Chester Bennington, vocalist for Linkin Park, has taken his own life at age forty-one. Unsurprisingly, notable members of the metal and rock community have taken to social media to share their thoughts. You can read some of those posts below:
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 20, 2017
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)
Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 20, 2017
Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (Linkin Park)
— Dave Phoenix Farrell (@phoenixlp) July 20, 2017
Stone Temple Pilots
Mark Morton (Lamb of God, recently spotted in the studio with Bennington)
— Mark Morton (@MarkDuaneMorton) July 20, 2017
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
— MARY POPPINS, Y'ALL! (@CoreyTaylorRock) July 20, 2017
System of a Down
So shocked and saddened by the news of Chester Bennington's passing. I remember the first time I met Chester. I was in a bad mood backstage and he came into the dressing room and lifted my spirits before I took the stage. Working with Chester and Linkin Park on the song 'Rebellion' was some of the most fun I've had collaborating with another artist. They made me feel right at home when I joined them on stage at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Forum. Our hearts go out to Linkin Park and to Chester's family. Chester Bennington will be missed. -Daron Malakian
Brian “Head” Welch (Korn)
Honestly, Chester's an old friend who we've hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I'm sick of this suicide shit! I've battled depression/mental illness, and I'm trying to be sempethetic, but it's hard when you're pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!! Not trying to be insensitive… I'm just having an emotional day. Love you Chester. And Chris. I'm sorry, I know meds and/or alcohol may have been involved, I'm just processing like all of us and I know we are all having some of the same thoughts/feelings. Lord, take Chester in your arms and please re-unite him with his family and all of us one day. Be with his wife and kids with your grace during this difficult time.
#Repost @jaybrandon (@get_repost) ・・・ This is my favorite band, @thrice. This might be my favorite photo of them; tearing up a green room in the most stereotypical of ways, and all drinking… water. Hydrating. Treating their bodies like tools of their craft. Music is one of the most relentlessly difficult industries to work in. It's taken a toll on my body; mentally, physically, spiritually. From the outside, I completely understand why people roll their eyes when we highlight the difficulties. You see what we want you to see. The show. The facade. The pristine package. But creating that package asks us for more vulnerability than I think we're prepared for when we start out. We find places in our souls that most have the luxury of not exploring. It gets dark. I'm really not here to dishonor a hurting family, hurting friends, a hurting band. I'm not here to cheapen a tragedy. I know self medication is a means to quiet the demands for more when you've already given so much and I know it can get out of hand before you realize it has. I know before you realize it, you're not "making decisions" and it's not "stupidity." I know before you realize it, you're just surviving. But I AM here to say I'm tired of it. I'm weary of the loss. Suicide often isn't a momentary decision. It's often the end of a path that's been walked for years. Decisions you make early on reap their results.. YEARS.. later. I'm not often moved by the events of people I don't know personally. I don't understand the celebrity worship prevalent in our culture, but it's been different as of late. I've been hurting for the Cornells and I now hurt for the Benningtons. I chose this photo; a photo of a band not related to either one of them, not to forget them, not to shame them, not to disrespect them, but to promote "how it should be." Let's celebrate people. Let's celebrate good things. Let's celebrate art and each other. There's a lot of darkness and hurt out there. You can add to it, you can make it colder, darker, or you can shine a light on it.
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Chester Bennington – gone too soon #RIP. So sad.
— Geezer Butler (@GZRMusic) July 20, 2017
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
GOD BLESS CHESTER BENNINGTON / 1976-2O17 – Condolences & PRAYERS of STRENGTH & LIGHT To HIM & HIS FAMILY – tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/njP6scTQZG
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) July 20, 2017
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage)
Rest in peace, Chester. So tragic. Bless you and your family.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 21, 2017
Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) July 20, 2017
— Avenged Sevenfold (@TheOfficialA7X) July 20, 2017
Frank Bello (Anthrax)
RIP Chester Bennington.. 🙏
— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) July 20, 2017
Paul Stanley (KISS)
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 20, 2017
Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe, Sixx A.M.)
I am in tears.Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man……Ifeel so sad for his family,band mates and fans
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) July 20, 2017
Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
Gracious, kind & humble. A rare combination in Rock & Roll. Deeply saddened… pic.twitter.com/cVtNEzrjHD
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) July 20, 2017
Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
An avalanche of emotions & feelings; sadness; anger; confusion; loss; heartbreak. I could go on.… https://t.co/lrxDTTjKZd
— Slash (@Slash) July 20, 2017
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
RIP Chester B.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) July 20, 2017
William DuVall (Alice in Chains, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra)
Rest In Peace Chester Bennington. We will miss youbrother. Cant believe we lost another one.
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) July 20, 2017
Zach Myers (Shinedown)
Hope this Chester Bennington news isn't real
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) July 20, 2017
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
— Atreyu (@atreyuofficial) July 20, 2017
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
RIP Chester. We lost another voice of a generation today. I'd like to remind everyone that follows me that you are never alone. Life is fucking hard and every single one of us has beasts inside of us that we battle daily. And as humans… do your part. Stop with the cyber bullying, and hating people for stupid reasons. How about instead leave up lifting messages of hope and love and rock n roll. Just one word of kindness can change someone's life…I've seen it in my line of work…you are powerful enough to help someone or hurt someone…so choose to spread positivity. Chester, you will be missed, and I'm sorry that you felt like you had to leave this way. But all of the people that you've healed through your music, we Thank you for your time here and your music will live on through us!
Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
OMFG I just heard the horrible news about Chester Bennington, how awful! My heart goes to the LP families, I was shocked to hear this today!
— AREJAY HALE (@AREJAYHALE) July 20, 2017
Oli Sykes (Bring Me the Horizon)
Is there any chance It's not true? I don't want to accept it. #chesterbennington
— Oliver Sykes (@olobersyko) July 20, 2017
Otep Shamaya (Otep)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
#RIPChesterBennigton just too many lately
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) July 20, 2017
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM)
Horrible shocking and sad… we spent some fun hours together inside studios over the years, helping to promote your music and proudly knowing how your band helped so many get into this music in the first place. But disgusted (EDIT- that was a bad word choice on my part – I was in heat of it and I don't want his actions to inspire others) w how you ended it. It didn't have to be this way. Thoughts, prayers and positive vibes to your family, friends and fans worldwide. RIP Chester… 🙏🏽 (Feb 2017 📸 @siriusxm NYC)