July 20th marks one year since Chester Bennington, the voice of a generation, passed away, leaving behind an evergreen musical legacy, with lyrics that raised millions of fans from darkness and hopelessness when they most needed it.
For the past 365 days, the world experienced a never before seen amount of love & homages paid by his fans & fellow musicians, in an unending list of memorials all over the globe. Chester wasn’t just a rockstar. He was one of the kindest & most humble musicians the industry has ever known, always focusing on helping those around him, supporting humanitarian causes and dedicating his life to music.
Whether he was on stage with Linkin Park, Grey Daze, Dead By Sunrise or Stone Temple Pilots, Chester was known for always giving 100% on stage. Breaking his wrist or leg during a concert never stopped him from performing that show till the very last song in the setlist. He used to say: “In two hours it will be as broken as it is now, so why stopping the show?”
In spite of all his hard times & critical moments in life, he was one of the most positive & amusing human beings. To remember him today, his band mates from Linkin Park have collated a video of funny moments from their 18 years together.
Previous to publishing the video, the band posted on their Social Media a message for their beloved friend:
To our brother Chester, It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it sill feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness. Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than words can express. Love, M, J, D, R, B #MakeChesterProud #320ChangesDirection In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources: Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK Chester.LinkinPark.com _ 📷: @KaiMarksPhoto
Mike Shinoda has also released an album called Post Traumatic, guiding himself & others struggling with the loss of a dear one back into the light on the long process of grief. More details about the album – here.
If you are a fan of Chester, check out the list of memorials taking place all over the world: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IzEt_CrSrsfhYVNPInvL9AQxR13T38JBA2UBjtNT2QI/
If you or someone you know struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help to any of the lifelines listed at the link below and find out more details about the importance of mental health at the following resources:
- List of Lifelines: http://ibpf.org/resource/list-international-suicide-hotlines
- #320ChangesDirection: https://www.changedirection.org/320-changes-direction/
Know the 5 signs of mental health and the healthy habits that can help us take care of our mind like we do take care of our body – both being equally essential to a healthy life:
You will be forever missed & loved, Chester! Thank you for the love & light you brought to the world through your greatest passion: music.
#MakeChesterProud #LoveLife #LPMemorials2018