Rock and roll may live forever, but it will never be the same without Chester Bennigton
Saturday marks the second death anniversary of Chester Bennington, front man of alternative rock band Linkin Park. An icon of the 90s music scene, he is still dearly missed by family and fans alike.
Last year, Chester’s fans from all over the world paid tribute and celebrated the life of the alternative rock and nu metal pioneer. Various events were organized at cities across the globe, and a number of renowned musicians recalled the raw emotion in Chester’s lyrics and vocal performances.
Chester, with a history of depression and alcoholism, always struggled to fight his inner demons. He had a difficult childhood, which is reflected in his song writing.
In an interview with CNN, Chester’s wife Talinda Bennington said he seemed to be in fine spirits right before unexpectedly taking his own life.
"[He] was [at] his best," she said. “We were on a family vacation, and he decided to go back home to do a television commercial. This was not a time where we or any of our family suspected this to happen, which is terrifying. We thought everything was okay."
Chester’s music had a profound impact on his fans, with Linkin Park being the first encounter with alternative rock and nu metal for many members of a generation.
Chester developed an interest in music from a young age. He joined Linkin Park and the band released their debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, to widespread acclaim.
Rock and roll may live forever, but it will never be the same without Chester Bennigton.