The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 804: Remembering Chester Bennington, Part 3

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.

Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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