LISTEN: Chester Bennington’s isolated vocals are incredible

20 March 2020, 16:53

20 March would have been the birthday of the late Linkin Park frontman. Remember him this way.

The world lost a huge talent in 2017 when Chester Bennington took his own life in July 2017. He was just 41.

This video shows the Linkin Park singer in the studio in 2016, recording the vocals to the song Heavy, which was featured on their seventh album One More Light. The single featured a duet between Bennington and pop star Kiiara.

Chester’s vocal is simply spine-chilling, stripped back and honest.

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs on the Family Values Tour in 2001
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs on the Family Values Tour in 2001. Picture: Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty Images

The singer and songwriter with the US band battled with drink and drugs over the years and he had started writing lyrics and poetry to cope with sexual abuse that took place in his childhood.

He told The Guardian in 2011: "I remember that stuff happening to me at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while."

The pain and anguish found their way into his lyrics, and it was this brutal honesty that made the band’s music so appealing to millions.

RIP Chester Bennington 1976-2017

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