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His most prominent work was as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park, but he was also known for fronting the bands Grey Daze, Dead by Sunrise, and, intermittently, Stone Temple Pilots. The singer/songwriter and musician has been frequently named as one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation, owing largely to his unique vocal style that blended his tenor range with belted screams that helped seal him as the voice of a generation filled with anguish and in desperate need of catharsis. Bennington first came to the attention of rock fans worldwide in 2000 with the release of Linkin Park's debut album 'Hybrid Theory', which, in 2005, was certified Diamond and became the best-selling debut album of the decade. Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs onstage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada (Getty Images) In honor of Bennington's legacy, here are five songs from the singer during his time with Linkin Park that reveals his brilliance as both a singer and a songwriter. The song, along with equally gut-wrenching tracks like 'Nobody Can Save Me' off the same album, would go on to have an even larger impact following Bennington's death, owing largely to their hopeful message that seemed to imply Bennington was not giving up, neither on his fans nor himself.
This track featured on Linkin Park's 2007 album, 'Minutes to Midnight', and had Bennington share his hope that whenever his "time comes", people would be willing to forgive him for his wrongs and instead, hold on to only the good memories. Paired with the track 'Shadow of the Day' off the same album, which revolves around a person who is near-death and the ones they leave behind coming to terms with the loss, makes for a truly bittersweet way to remember one of the greatest artistes and albums of all time. The song that many Linkin Park fans cite as the one that picks them up when they're down, 'Somewhere I Belong' featured on the band's 2003 album, 'Meteora', and was built on themes of isolation, anger, frustration and beyond. These were emotions listeners instantly connected with, but when paired with Bennington's vocals, they really seemed to strike an entirely different chord and made fans feel heard and like they finally belonged somewhere. The song, along with the rest of the 'Meteora' album, would seal Linkin Park as one of the greatest writers of their genre, with the ability to connect with fans on a level most artistes could only dream of.
However, now when we think of Linkin Park, we can simply not shake off the thought of the tragedy that struck this band on 20th July, 2017: Lead singer of the band, Chester Bennington lost his life to suicide. KEY POINTS Fans remember Linkin Park's former vocalist on his death anniversary Series of messages paying tribute to Chester Bennington had been tweeted Linkin Park fans pay tribute to its former vocalist, Chester Bennington, on the day of his 3rd death anniversary. "What am I leaving when I'm done here?" is a line from Linkin Park's "Leave Out All The Rest." Released in 2008, the lyrics of the song has captivated a lot of people as it spoke the story of a man looking for redemption. Magazine that the song was "supposed to feel like an apology letter" from a man who's moving on and wanted people to remember the good things he has done instead of the bad ones, Songfacts reported. On the 3rd anniversary of Bennington's death, Linkin Park's fans paid tribute to its former vocalist on Twitter.
The singer died by suicide on July 20, 2017, at 41 years old. Three years on, Linkin Park fans are expressing their love for the musician. Fans took to Twitter to discuss how much the Linkin Park singer meant to them. An inspiration, we lost Linkin Park's singer, Chester Bennington," one fan tweeted. NME reported last year that the band is not looking to replace Bennington with another singer. The band has not released new music since their 2017 album, One More Light, which was released two months before the frontman's death. The band was originally called Xero, and then briefly Hybrid Theory, before settling on Linkin Park shortly after Bennington joined. Linkin Park is best known for hits such as "In the End," which was on their debut album, as well as "Numb," "One Step Closer," and "Leave Out All the Rest." Earlier this week, The Inquisitr reported that Linkin Park's management team requested their song "In the End" is to be removed from an election campaign video for President Donald Trump.