The music scene has sadly lost another
genius in 2017: on July 20th, Chester
Bennington of Linkin Park fame was
found dead in his Palos Verdes home
in Los Angeles, California. The cause
of death was ruled to be a suicide by
He was 41.
Linkin Park became a household name
in 2001 with the release of their album,
Hybrid Theory, selling more than 4.8
million copies during the first year.
Chester’s voice showcased his many
emotions, ranging from sadness to
rage to hope, which was highlighted on
“Crawling,” “One Step Closer” and “In
The End.” The band’s dark yet brilliant lyrics influenced an influx of teenagers
and adults who were conflicted within
themselves, but didn’t have the ability
to properly put it into words.
But that’s where Linkin Park came in.
The combination of Mike Shinoda
rapping alongside Chester’s
unparalleled voice became anthems
for those who desperately needed it.
In a time when music was beginning
to mimic the almost-forgotten grunge
scene and alternative music was now
all the rage, Linkin Park held their own
among heavy-hitting bands. Most
importantly, the band remained relevant
and present even after that scene lost
steam.Eerily, Chester’s suicide mimicked the
suicide of his close friend, Chris Cornell.
He also killed himself on what would
have been Chris’ 53rd birthday. Chester
was said to have been distraught over
the loss of his pal and even wrote an
open letter to the late Soundgarden
singer which read, “I can’t imagine a
world without you in it. I pray you find
peace in the next life.”
Linkin Park has set up a tribute website
[ Chester.LinkinPark.com ] in memory
of Chester Bennington where fans can
post memories of the lead singer, as
well as find resources for those who
struggle with depression and suicidal
HOPELESS FOUNTAIN KINGDOM
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was written with two themes in mind: Halsey’s personal
struggles, and what is perceived as a modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
— where the gender roles are reversed. (Genius!)
The album begins with the prologue from Romeo and Juliet (“Two households, both
alike in dignity…”) and in “Alone”, Halsey tells the story of two star-crossed lovers observing
each other from a distance at a party but staying away from each other for good
reason.”I know you’re dying to meet me, but I can just tell you this, baby as soon as you
meet me, you’ll wish you never did,” she sings. Throughout the whole album, listeners
are treated to the tale of two people who wanted to be together, and in the end, couldn’t
be — but they enjoyed it while they could.
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is theatrical, bold and raw with lyrics that reveal her vulnerability,
despite her tireless approach to wanting her audience to think she is anything
but. Anyone who is looking for an album to get lost in, this is it. Enjoy.
LEANNE ACIZ STANTON
Justin Bieber Cancels
Justin Bieber recently caused waves when he canceled
the remaining dates of his “Purpose” tour, due to what his
rep described as “unforeseeable circumstances” after 18
months of touring.
It was reported later that the singer chose to pull the
plug in order to focus on his faith. In the past few months,
Justin has been seen spending a lot of time with Hillsong
church pastor, Carl Lentz, and he’s also been spotted
multiple times in Montclair, NJ where Lentz lives.
Nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to do anything that
won’t result in a response — especially if you’re
famous. The Internet had hostile reactions to the tour’s
cancellation and the tour’s crew members spoke out
about being left behind — but John Mayer (unlikely voice
of reason) put things in perspective when he tweeted:
“When someone pulls remaining dates on a tour, it means
they would have done real damage to themselves if they
kept going… We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give
Justin (thumbs up emoji) for realizing it was time to call it.
You should too.”
He’s right. While Justin has exhibited signs of self-entitled
behavior throughout the years, you have to acknowledge
that he went from being anonymous to growing up in the
public eye — and he did it on a level that gained the type
of fandom that rivals The Beatles’. It would be senseless
to act like we don’t already know that children who ‘grow
up in the industry’ sometimes end up damaged when
they grow out of it.
Justin Bieber Cancels
At the time this was written, Justin had just been involved
in an accident with a photographer. You get a good sense
of what it must be like to be him while watching the
paparazzi footage from the scene. You see a photographer
— among many — run around his truck, chasing to get his
shot, while blocking Justin’s way. Then he appears to fall.
All of a sudden, the crowds of paparazzi chasing Justin
begin to film the photographer who got hit. Why? Because
Justin Bieber was the one who hit him.
Justin, frantic now, gets out of his car, trying to get help
as the paps click away. The whole time, only a few stop
to actually help the guy who has allegedly been hurt. The
others know they’ll get something out of having the whole
The saddest part? A crest-fallen Justin asks, “Are you guys
worried about me or this guy? Put your cameras down.”
The flashes go off furiously as the guy wails in pain.
If the past few years (and 2007’s Britney Spears) have
taught us anything, it’s that celebrities often fight demons
we never know about until it’s too late. And why should
we? It’s not our business. It’s theirs. But as fans, we have
a responsibility to support our idols in good times AND
in bad times. Losing music icons to suicides, like Chris
Cornell or Chester Bennington, should open the eyes of
music fans everywhere. If you support the person, you
should support their personal lives too.
That’s what real fans do.