Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda reveals how much Chester Bennington was affected by Chris Cornell’s death
Just hours after news broke of Chester Bennington’s tragic suicide, tributes poured in from all over the music world. Names such as Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Nickelback, Justin Timberlake, and rock legend Lars Ulrich all paid homage to the immensely talented vocalist, whose music with Linkin Park helped many a struggling teenager.
Gracious, kind & humble. A rare combination in Rock & Roll. Deeply saddened… pic.twitter.com/cVtNEzrjHD
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) July 20, 2017
no words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington.
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) July 20, 2017
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.” – Chester Bennington. Rest easy sir. pic.twitter.com/RLhmf0UR0B
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) July 20, 2017
Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) July 20, 2017
RIP to Chester Bennington and my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and the Linkin Park family. Truly unique, humble frontman.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) July 21, 2017
However, a recent interview given by Mike Shinoda draws attention to the fact that his troubled ex-band member was deeply affected by the late Chris Cornell’s suicide, and was probably a contributing factor to Chester’s untimely demise which- disturbingly- fell right on Cornell’s birthday.
The interview talks specifically about their Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on May 18, where they played “One More Light” to honor the “loss of a friend.”
In the words of Mike Shinoda, “When we were doing a soundcheck; Chester couldn’t even make it through the song. He was getting halfway through and getting choked up and even when we did play the whole song and it was live on TV – or filmed for TV – he kinda just stopped before the end. He missed the last couple lines of it – he just couldn’t finish the song.”
He further goes on to say, “When you’re dealing with something so deep as losing a friend or in this case even just somebody you admire, one of the things you can do is to reach out to people and offer them a community. Let them know we’re a family, we’re a community, we care about each other.” This poignant statement rings especially true in light of the recent tragedy that has befallen the influential band.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 20, 2017