Linkin Park Fans Speak At The Boston Chester Bennington Memorial

July 23, 2018
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One the one-year anniversary of his death, Linkin Park fans from around the world gathered together to mourn the loss of one of rock's greatest voices. And although many of them saw themselves as big followers of the band, the profound effect Chester Bennington's words had on them were strong enough to alter the direction of their lives forever.

Jennifer Capezzutto, the organizer of the event and admin for the Boston Linkin Park Facebook fan page, said of the moment she heard that Chester had passed away that it was like, "losing a family member or a close friend." Jennifer had been listening to Linkin Park for fifteen years and found solance in their music during her socially awkward years as a teenager. "I really related to their music because I felt like I was the outsider and the music helped be get through that." After attending a handful of concerts and being able to meet the band in-person, Jennifer "It was a very, very good experience  to kind of get me out of my shell." 

Ryan Sudby vividly remembers the news of hearing Chester Bennington's death like it were yesterday. "I remember being at work, scolling through my phone during a little bit of a break and seeing an article that basically said that Chester had killed himself the night before," says Sudby. "I remember being hit harder by that than any other celebrity death before that, because he's been such a huge part of my life." What makes Bennington's death even more tragic is that he had committed suicide on Chris Cornell's birthday (July 20th), who had also ended his life two months prior. Ryan could tell that because of those two events, the social stigma against metal health needed to change. "When I made the connection that he killed himself on Chris Cornell's birthday, I wasn't surprised. I know enough about mental health having issues myself that that's exactly kind of how it works. Stigmas go and they build up, and you can't talk to someone. You find yourself in a really bad night. You find yourself in a triggering event, and suddenly you make the decision that impact you for the rest of your life."

Alexandra Razumova moved from Russia to the United States to pursue a future in music and credited Linkin Park for being a huge influence in her starting her own band. Like many like her, Alexandra didn't want to believe the news at first that Chester had passed away. "Unfortunately I found out really quick that it was true," said Razumova. "It was so heartbreaking. He was my hero, my idol for a very long time when I started listening to Linkin Park in 2002." Alexandra also praised his widow, Talinda for her work organizing 320 Changes Direction, which offers support and counseling for mental health issues, and Mike Shinoda for being able to channel all of his thoughts and emotions following Chester's suicide into his solo EP Post-Traumatic, believing that not only is it good music, but because it should assist in the grieving process. "Mike took the tragedy and turned it into music just like we did." And even though he is gone, Alexandra is confient that Chester's music will forever be his lasting legacy. "We will keep him in our hearts forever."