When the news first came down on the afternoon of Thursday, July 20, 2017, maybe your reaction was the same as mine. “Jeebus. Another celebrity death hoax. And it’s gotta be a hoax because it doesn’t make sense.”
But as the minutes ticked by, it was soon obvious that this wasn’t fake news. It was real. But it still didn’t make sense.
By the end of the day, everyone was confirmed. Chester Bennington, vocalist with Linkin Park, was not only dead but dead by his own hand. What? Another one?
This guy was the frontman for a band that has sold somewhere around 100 million records. He was drafted to sing for Stone Temple Pilots, a band he’d idolized as a kid. He was having fun with a couple of side projects, including acting. He had a loving family with six–six!–children.
And even though the news came during a long string of musician deaths, this one was in many ways the most shocking. Totally unexpected. But should it have been?
Let’s see if we can’t sort out what we can. And as we do, we’ll remember Chester Bennington. This is part one of three.
Songs heard on this show:
Linkin Park, Somewhere I Belong
Sead Dowdell and His Friends, God’s Afraid
Grey Daze, “In Time
Hybrid Theory, Carousel
Linkin Park, In the End (Demo)
Linkin Park, Crawling’
Linkin Park, One Step Closer
Linkin Park, Papercut (Live)
Linkin Park, Pts.Of.Athtry
Eric Wilhite has created this playlist for us.
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