Linkin Park recently returned to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in a show meant to celebrate the life of late singer Chester Bennington and Korn‘s Jonathan Davis was one of the invited guests who added to the electric performances. Davis spoke with Kerrang about the death of Bennington, who died July 20 after committing suicide.
The vocalist stated (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), “I understand depression and everything [Chester] was going through. It’s always the seemingly happy, sweetest ones that are hurting the most. It’s a terrible disease that can make things feel unbearable. When I found out what had happened, I didn’t even have the words.”
“I loved his smile,” Davis continued. “I always looked forward to seeing him. If we were playing at a festival together, he’d make a point to come and find me, which I always appreciated. Chester’s was an amazing journey to watch. I loved that kid.”
The singer concluded, “His lyrics hit home and were very relatable. On a lyrical level, Chester touched upon a lot of things that people feel, and when you experience that with music, it’s a release. When you’re helping so many people, you can sometimes forget about yourself. We’re like superheroes to kids that are hurting — we’re supposed to be the living proof that things will get better. There should be more Chesters in the world.”
During the Linkin Park & Friends show, Davis performed the song “One Step Closer” along with special guests Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh of Bennington’s onetime band Dead by Sunrise. You can see footage of the entire Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington show here.
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