As we all know, Linkin Park’s singer, Chester Bennington, committed suicide on July 20 this year, on the day his friend Chris Cornell (who had died the same kind of death two months before that) would have turned 53. The last two weeks saw numerous reaction and eulogies from fellow musicians and friends, who were all shocked and grief stricken, which should not and does not come as a surprise. A few days ago, we posted a moving farewell comment from former Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer, Matt Sorum, which is available on his Facebook profile.
The most recent reaction to Chester Bennington’s passing comes from Lars Ulrich, who shared a handful of memories and reflections in an interview for KLOS 95,5 – a radio station based in Los Angeles. Here is what Metallica drummer had to say:
“Chester was a very kind and very unassuming and very gentle soul, who had a really big heart. The first time I heard Linkin Park, just singing those songs on this first album — when was it? ’99 or 2000? — the power that came out of him was just unbelievable. It was so original and so unique. He was one of those singers that has that rare gift where every word that comes out of him sounds authentic. He’s not just writing something down that he sings… Everything that comes out of him sounds like he feels and he means every word, every nuance, every syllable.”
Lars also talked about the ‘Summer Sanitarium’ tour, which included Linkin Park on the bill alongside Metallica in 2003:
“They were kind enough to come and play with us across America on a ‘Summer Sanitarium’ tour and we had a lot of fun. And all those guys are great guys and my heart goes out to all of ’em and to the family.”
“I think more than anything, I think it reaffirms — without sounding too cheesy — that we’ve gotta live each moment to the max and just be in the moment,” he said. “Every time we go out on stage, we try to take it all in. You never know when something can go sideways or something [can] happen to you physically or something. So life is beautiful and we’ve gotta just harness and maximize each moment to its fullest.”
Here is the full interview:Share