We are still experiencing the aftermath of Chris Cornell’s passing two months ago, and, just two days ago, the world of music was faced with yet another, identical tragedy which affected one of Cornell’s closest friends, Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington. We mention this not to cause a sensation (in such case, we would have written about Cornell as well), but because Bennington’s suicide has been commented on Facebook by Matt Sorum – former drummer with The Cult, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, currently touring with Kings Of Chaos. His comment is very wise, warm and touching, which is why we have decided to share it with our viewers.
Devastated and heartbroken today on hearing of dear friend and bandmate Chester Bennington’s passing. We were only speaking yesterday and planning future gigs together. I am in shock. He was always upbeat and made everyone around him feel special. Not just fellow musicians but fans as well. Giving himself openly. As people that live in the spotlight this can be daunting and take its toll behind closed doors after the lights go down. As another recovering addict I related this to Chester on many occasions. Its hard to understand when from the outside our job seems easy and that we have everything. As we know now with the loss of so many greats to drugs, alcohol and the depression that sets in…even in sobriety. The feelings are raw and my brother Chester struggled like so many of my other friends that have lost the battle to the overwhelming fear that comes with this disease.
The only thing we can do is try and communicate our feelings through interacting and communicating through self-help groups and loved ones. Please don’t blame him, the disease wants us dead. Depression and anxiety is the after effect of years of hard living and running from these Demons and feelings. I loved Chester… He was kind and always professional in every situation. He would take any challenge. I threw songs at him last minute and he would rise to the occasion. Being the great showman and the voice he had, he was capable of so much. The talent was boundless and he was a perfectionist. For us performers the rest of real life is the hardest part. 6 kids and a family was his life blood and responsibility. People will ask .. How could he leave them ??
The pain must have been so deep .. I pray for his wife and children and that they can find peace through this terrible tragedy. He bared his soul to the world and we received his gift. His gift will live on because the music remains. I love you Chester and will always miss you. The World will miss you …but your presence here will never be forgotten. You touched me as you touched so many .. and for that I am eternally grateful
Rest Now Sweet Soul,
Your Brother ,
Matt Sorum‘s entry can be found HERE.Share