“It’s been a really tough few days, we said goodbye to somebody in recent days that was an amazing artist, an incredible human being, somebody who I know probably touched everybody in this entire room and touched me personally as well: Chester.
Make some noise for Chester!
I’ve learned a lot watching him live his life, he taught me so much and when I close my eyes and think about him, I think about his face which was always smiling. I think about his heart which he wore on his sleeve. I think about how kind treated both me, my brother, Tomo, the band.
I think about what he taught me about pursuing your dreams, pursuing your passion relentlessy and at the same time being able to have an incredible family.
He had six incredible children as well and every time we spoke there wasn’t a conversation that we had that didn’t include something about his family.
What you guys, I think, get a sense from Linkin Park and it certainly was an extension of how Chester lived his life, is, Linkin Park it’s not just a band, it’s family and the way they think about you guys is very similar to Thirty Seconds to Mars, it’s a giant family and we try to make something more than just get on stage and play music.
We try to connect and communicate in a way that’s deep and meaningful and I learned that from Chester, he did it night after night after night after night.
What about that voice? That voice will live forever.
If there’s anyone here who ever feels like there’s no hope and you are at the end of the road, you gotta reach out, you gotta say what you’re thinking about, you gotta share it with your friends, with your family.
Don’t give up! Do not give up!
I’ve found in my life, the absolute greatest breakthroughs in my entire life happened just beyond the darkest moments.”
-Jared Leto about his friend Chester Bennington during the Thirty Seconds to Mars’ concert in NY, July 22 2017
(Jared dedicates “Alibi”, voice and guitar, to Chester)
As promised, here are some of the theme suggestions for the Reaper76 Summer Event!
We don’t want to do set “day themes” like many of these event weeks do, but we do want to provide everyone with some ideas or inspiration. You’re not limited to these, but some of them might help you get started or get the gears turning.
A day at the beach: it’s hard to think of summer without a trip to the beach! Gabriel’s home city of Los Angeles has several great beaches that might give you some inspiration!
Some ideas: Which one immediately jumps in the water? Do either of them like building sand castles? How does Jack react when seeing the ocean for the first time?
Setting up camp: many people like to go camping in the summer, not just for being outdoors but also to enjoy other activities like hiking, swimming, off-road driving and biking.
Some ideas: making smores, building campfires, watching sunrises and sunsets, stargazing
Hit the road, Jack: road trips are a quintessential summer pastime. Popular routes include Route 66 and California Highway 1.
Some ideas: how do they split driving time, and who is the bad driver? Who gives bad directions? How do they split music choices? Motel rooms? What sights do they go see?
Some ideas: when do they take their big Americas road trip? Who plans the route through Central America, who plans for Southern America? Where do they visit? What do they do in Mexico City? Or Rio de Janiero? Or Buenos Aires? Or Santiago? Do they visit the Amazon in Brazil, the Andes in Chile and Argentina, the cenotes of Mexico and Belize? Trips across the United States are fun, but consider looking at the wonderful world beyond it - as an opportunity to explore and learn about new places and cultures.
We’re all golfers now: lots of sports take place in summer, including baseball, golf, swimming, surfing, and bike races
Soccer/fútbol: outside of the US, fútbol matches are popular in the summer. Would Gabriel and Jack root for a specific team?
Lúcioball: which one wants to learn how to play Lúcioball? Does the other come along and try to play?
Just Desserts: lots of great food come into season in the summer - things like watermelons, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, and especially corn (lol). Ice cream and pies are fun treats in the summer. Barbecued foods, hamburgers, ribs, steaks, and grilled chicken are all popular.
Some ideas: Favorite ice cream flavor? Favorite fruit? Who makes the better burger?
Welcome to Hollywood: it’s time for summer movie blockbusters! What kind of movies would they want to see? Who gets scared in the horror film? Who wants to see the action flick?
Some ideas: What sights does Gabriel show Jack the first time he visits LA? What are some of their favorite movies? Do they visit movie sets?
Retirement doesn’t suit us: summer often means trips to new destinations. Where do two supersoldiers go in their time off? The world is wide with many cool places to visit and see!
Some ideas: How do they react to seeing Dorado for the first time? Or Hanamura? Which one is the space nerd who wants to visit the Lijiang Tower? Which one is the history nerd who wants to see Ilios or Giza?
Some ideas: Does Gabriel suggest going to Mexico to visit family? What places does he show Jack? What foods do they eat, what music do they experience?
Some ideas: who wants to take a trip to China? Who wants to visit India? Do they run into junkers in Australia? What do they think when they visit Numbani in Nigeria for the first time? How do they react to visiting Gibraltar?
Like the stars: did you know fireflies are not found in the western United States? How does Gabriel react to seeing fireflies in Indiana for the first time?
Now those are some fireworks: the 4th of July is Independence Day for the United States. Celebrated with barbecues, baseball games, neighborhood and family get-togethers, and fireworks large and small.
Summertime Romance: sometimes a love lasts a summer, sometimes it lasts a lifetime (or two). How do Gabriel and Jack spend over twenty summers together? Do they do anything special for just the two of them?
Hope these themes help spark your imaginations! We’re super excited that so many people are interested in participating! Please feel free to send us any questions or ideas, and best of luck to everyone creating some R76 content for the event!
Remember, the event begins July 4th and ends July 18th! You can start submitting art, fics, graphics, and content to the tag #reaper76summerevent, or send us a link on the blog!