mike shinoda!

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I am devastated. I have been staring at my screen for a while now, I just don’t have the words for this. I feel like I lost a good friend. And I know that sounds stupid because how can you say that about someone you didn’t even really know personally? I don’t get it either, all I know is that my heart is broken. I never felt understood, until Chester started singing. I went through some horrible stuff he went through as well and I just.. felt connected to him. And now he’s gone. I’m so sorry. I hope his family and friends get to heal from this terrible loss. I hope he is finally at peace with himself. 

I’m sorry I have been gone for a long time again. It happens too often, I know. I’m still dealing with mental issues myself, I’m not sure if it will ever get better. But for this I had to make an exception. I tried to make something special for him and for the rest of the band. I made a photoset of every chorus of the new album. I hope you guys like it. I know I’m not the best editor, but it was really made from the heart. Rest in peace Chester. 

“1997 or 1998… I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band. He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next. The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college." 

Mike Shinoda

You think that just because they’re up on that stage; screaming and smiling, that they are safe. That their lives are perfect. Watching them light up an arena, they feel invincible. But nobody is safe from the inside. Nobody. This man and the whole of Linkin Park are the reason I ever became a part of the community I am today; who make me feel loved and welcomed. The reason I discovered the band who inspired me to play guitar. The reason I began to fight back against the crap that was thrown my way. This is why it’s important to speak out; whether the world knows who you are or not. The world lost a true legend today. Rest in peace :’(

Can more men please be so comfortable with their masculinity to be really nice and close with their male friends? I mean look at these two, they’re both married (to women) with kids but they love each other so much and they’re not afraid of showing it which is absolutely beautiful

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For anyone else who’s taken the loss of Chester Bennington hard, here are a few videos of him that make me smile. This is how I’d like to remember him: being absolutely ridiculous.

Red Bull Sound Space Lightning Round - three minutes of Chester and Mike making each other laugh. My favourite part is Chester talking about his most embarrassing experience on stage while Mike cracks up, about forty seconds in.

An extremely silly acoustic version of ‘Numb’. The stupid dancing! Sadly, there’s no full version online, but even this one-minute clip is beautiful.

If you’ve got a little more time, there’s Chester and Mike on Good Mythical Morning, twelve and a half minutes. This one is a little difficult for me to watch because it was so close to Chris Cornell’s death, but Chester and Mike sing a screaming rock song about cup noodles and it’s magnificent.