The year 2000 is very memorable for many things, exceptionally in music. As pop dominated the airwaves with releases such as, N*Sync’s No Strings Attached, and Britney Spears’ Oops I Did it Again, an album that was forced by the media into the new category nu-metal was about to become historic. Continue reading
A fan-made video ad Tweeted by and promoting President Donald Trump was posted to Twitter on Saturday (July 18) was removed from the social media platform due to a claim by the copyright owner, Linkin Park. The video used LP’s all-time classic hit single “In The End”. The video comes on the near three-year anniversary of the death of frontman Chester Bennington. The two-minute, fan-made clip revolved around quotes from Trump’s 2017 inaugural address, including his vow to start “transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” The video painted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden negatively. Within hours, Twitter pulled the video from Trump’s feed and replaced it with a message that reads, “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
UPDATE: Linkin Park officially filed a cease and desist order over the song’s use.
Next month will be three years since Chester Bennington ended his life. On what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, not only a fellow musician, but also his best friend and Godfather to his son, he took his life. It has been three years and the sadness persists. Bennington’s struggle with depression and substances was a public affair and through his lyrics, it felt like we knew what he was going through. An exceptional vocalist he fronted a band that dove into multiple genres. Either you liked Linkin Park or you hated them. Regardless, Bennington was the best vocalist of any mainstream band in the 2000s – but, before he told you to shut up, he fronted another band. Continue reading
Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band from Phoenix, Arizona has launched an eight-part making-of video series for their upcoming album Amends. The album is due via Loma Vista Recordings on April 10th, 2020 and can be pre-ordered below. The web-based series explores the Phoenix-based band’s beginnings, their motivation for reuniting, how the album was made and the musicians who pitched in to ensure Chester’s dream of a Grey Daze reunion and album release were fulfilled. Continue reading
As previously reported, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze will release their tribute album, with Chester’s vocals on it in 2020. Among the guest musicians set to appear on the recordings are Chester’s 23-year-old son Jaime Bennington, KORN’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel, BUSH’s Chris Traynor, Ryan Shuck, Chester’s bandmate in DEAD BY SUNRISE. The resulting album will be released via Loma Vista Recordings. The first single from the upcoming tribute album, a track called “What’s In The Eye”, has just been released, accompanied by a Zev Deans-directed video featuring old footage of Chester. Continue reading
Late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s first band, Phoenix-based Grey Daze have re-recorded their old material with the help of Chester’s friends and family. Among the guest musicians set to appear on the recordings are Chester’s 23-year-old son Jaime Bennington, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, P.O.D.’s Marcos Curiel, Bush guitarist’s Chris Traynor, as well as Ryan Shuck, Chester’s bandmate in Dead By Sunrise. The resulting album will be released via 320 Changes Direction, the mental health awareness organization launched by Chester’s widow Talinda Bennington. Continue reading
Iconic Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda has shared a new official music video for his new single, ‘Fine’. The song is featured on the soundtrack of the film The Blackout, released across Russia on November 21 and in Germany, Austria, and the Baltic States on November 28. Shinoda announced the track release on social media, sharing some of the song’s lyrics on Instagram: “Tell all the children to lock those doors / I’ve seen the smoke in the sky before / Gotta be up on my feet / When the morning comes / ‘Cause this fight you can’t ignore / Everything is gonna be fine.” Mike’s full-length solo album called Post Traumatic dropped in 2018 and was inspired in part by the death of LP singer Chester Bennington in 2017. Watch the clip now! Continue reading
Collectively, the world still has a giant heart sized hole in it from the tragic loss of the life and gifts of Chester Charles Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park who committed suicide at age 41, on this day 2017. Said to be despondent over the death of his best friend Chris Cornell from suicide, just a few months earlier, Chester could not escape his own darkness. The voice of his generation, music fans who grew up with LP continue to carry his memory and music daily. LP and Chester’s widow Talinda continue his passion for good works with the One More Light Foundation charity. You can follow LP on social media to track their progress, with strides made across the globe. Join us in tribute to Chester with some of his music. Rest in power.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please seek immediate help:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Available 24 hours every day
Solo projects are notoriously difficult. Sometimes they are born of internal conflict within a band leading to splintering factions looking to pave their own way. More often than not it proves that a part is not greater than the sum of the whole: who can honestly say they prefer Serj Tankian’s solo work to the output of System of a Down? They can also be the result of an ego attack, a misplaced sense of superiority with often disastrous results. Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, however, seems to fall into neither category, so his debut solo release, Anesthetic (WPP/Spinefarm Records) can only be viewed as a long-awaited labour of love. Continue reading
Contradicting a previous report, Mike Shinoda clarified a previous statement and says Linkin Park is not seeking a replacement for Chester Bennington at this time. Bennington died in 2017. He tweeted “Lemme clarify a rumor: we are not looking for a new singer, and if it were to happen organically, I’d be open. Seems pretty clear, yet I guess some folks have a hard time understanding.
“I’m not into predicting the future. The future will happen.
“Stop making shit up.”