In The End It Will Always Matter Chester Bennington
Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park has sadly died at the young age of 41. The band is best known for hits such as One Step Closer, In The End, Somewhere I Belong and Crawling, my personal favorite which won them a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The Hybrid Theory album, named after their former band was 2001’s best-selling album selling almost 5 million copies reaching the Nu-Metal genre’s highest peak.
The son of a police officer, brutally beaten and molested at the age of seven and having his parents divorce at the age of eleven, it wasn’t long before Chester found drugs of every kind. He eventually kicked the habit in 1992, formed the band and the rest is history however; with the tours the addiction reared its’ ugly head once more. Chester became sober again in 2006 and was quoted as saying in 2009 that “It’s not cool to be an alcoholic, it’s not cool to be a dumbass”, however it was not to last as yet again the addiction he had fought all his life took hold in the past few years.
Currently in the midst of their One More Light World Tour which includes both Canadian and American dates, this news has become a devastating blow to fans and celebrities alike worldwide.
I remember rocking out for the first time to One Step Closer in my room, head banging as I went back and forth from one end to the other, singing and screaming my lungs and how it great it felt to release all that anger I had. Not to mention to countless times I reverted back to that album, especially Crawling to help me through my tough emotions.
To quote his lyrics from In The End: “I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter, I had to fall, to lose it all, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter” But it does matter Chester, to all of us who had your music to help us through our darkest times, it does matter and it always will. Thank you for sharing your battles with us and may you finally rest in peace, drug free.