If anyone were to assess the state of Linkin Park around 2011, there would be no reason to conclude that things with the band were anything but fantastic.
In the ten years since the band was formed, they’d sold over 80 million albums, They had millions of fans all over the world. They were in firm control of their career in terms of creative control and direction. They had a plan: a minimum of one new album every eighteen months. Everything was on a schedule that they, not their record label, set out.
They also had time to indulge in all kinds of side projects, some musical, some not: remix albums, soundtracks, movies (DJ Joe Hahn had started to direct films!) Not a bad position to be in for a bunch of guys in their 30s, right?
But if anyone had taken time investigate what was really happening to Chester Bennington, there might–might–have been some warning signs that something was wrong. Or maybe those signs were completely invisible, totally undetectable. But in hindsight, something was definitely going on inside Chester’s head, something that would end tragically about six years later.
This is the third and final part of our remembrance of Chester Bennington.
Songs heard on this show:
Linkin Park, The Catalyst
Linkin Park, Burn It Down
Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington), Interstate Love Song
Linkin Park, Until It’s Gone
Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, Hunger Strike
Linkin Park, Iridescent/The Messenger
Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist for the program.
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