Musicians and CEO of Recording Academy React to Death of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

Chester Bennington

Many bands and recording artists are currently offering their input via their social media pages in reaction to the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.  Here are what a few of them had to say:

“Saddened by the death of a singer and musician we all looked up to.  Peace and love to his family and friends.  You will be missed CB.- Art Of Dying

“Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true”- Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park

“Rock music is dying and it’s because of bogus purists.  Rock N Roll isn’t a sound, it’s an attitude, it’s genre bending, it’s doing what you want, it’s constantly changing.  A musician never grows if they play the same music over the years they are called “Sell Outs” because they changed their sound.  Stop with the bogus “Sell Out” witch hunts.  Let a musician write music they love at the moment and not what they played 10 years ago.  It’s not easy impacting a large amount of people by writing a simple song anyways…

I’m sure Chester had many demons but I can’t help but to think a lot of his depression came from all the unnecessary hate he got from talentless thumb warriors who spend their entire day putting down someone because they don’t like their art, I hate bullies, I appreciate everything Linkin Park, sometimes I didn’t like the songs, but I respect that they changed with the times, they stayed relevant in a wild industry, and stayed together.

Again, it’s okay to look for help, never be discouraged, you matter so much to people.  Please call the SUICIDE HOTLINE if you need it.  This world needs you.  If you need help, seek it.  1-800-273-8255 – Ryan Argast of Marina City

“We are beyond saddened with the news today.  Chester Bennington and Linkin Park had been a huge influence to us musically and it goes to show that no matter how big the stage, we are all people.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time.  RIP to another musical legend- Go Ask Alice

“Appalled by the lack of sympathy or respect by some for a human(who happens to be a musician) who died tragically.  The fact that anyone would have the audacity to critique or comment on his music on the day we learn of his passing is beyond me.  We “get it” you’re very cool you didn’t like what you saw is unhip music.  What a desensitized, disgusting, and selfish way to present yourself.  Take your opinion and shove it up your pretentious ass.  A fellow musician committed suicide today and all I can think of is his family and friends.  Mental illness is rampant in the artistic community.  We should be addressing this tragedy with respect, compassion, and grief, that is all.  Keep your unwarranted opinions to yourself and allow his friends and family to grieve.  Just because he was in the public eye gives you no right to judge his life or music at this time.  Show some class please.  My condolences to the family of Chester Bennington.  May he find peace in the next life/world what have you.  – Jesse Leach, Killswitch Engage

“Our Grammy family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two-time Grammy winner Chester Bennington.  As the cutting-edge lead vocalist of Linkin Park, Chester’s powerful range, paired with his impressive songwriting skills, made him a bonafide hard rock hero.  His riveting stage presece made every live performance magnetic, earning him millions of fans around the globe.  Having put as much passion into charitable causes as he did his musical craft, we were honored to pay tribute to him at our 2013 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, where he lent his time and talents, to help raise money to assist members of the music community with the addiction treatment process.  We have lost a truly dynamic member of the music community and our sincerest condolences go out to Chester’s family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his work”- Neil Portnow, President/CEO Recording Academy

“My heart breaks today, again, as I learn one of our brothers in music has taken his life.  A truly gifted, talented, and gentle soul who created music that brought healing, happiness, and comfort to millions all over the world, has left us.  This is incredibly tragic.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and 6 children.  The more this sinks in, the more mixed emotions and anger I feel  The criticism of those who have struggled publicly or silently from callous people, media outlets, friends, family, or co-workers has to stop at each and every level.  Those who have never personally suffered from addiction, alcoholism, depression, or any other mental illness must realize outspoken ignorance, judgments, and callous words and attitudes can hurt tremendously.  The pain caused can literally push someone over the edge to self destruct!  As a society there has to be change.  I have a heavy heart right now and need to get these feelings out, I ask all of you to please find compassion and understanding for those who suffer.  Don’t judge anyone.  Depression isn’t a choice, but stigma and ignorance is.  Rest In Peace brother.  Silent tears hold the loudest pain.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please seek help and contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255)- Scott Stapp, formerly of Creed


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