“. . . I don’t know how I got this way, I’ll never be alright,
So I’m breaking the habit, tonight . . .”
~ Breaking the Habit(Meteora), Linkin Park.
I’m a fan, just like anyone who might be reading this, And, like most fans, I don’t have any words to express how I feel right now. Linkin Park have been around for two decades now. They have several generations for fans: from millennials, Generation-X to even a few baby boomers.
The band started as a rap-rock group, picking up from there they have explored and amused us, music lovers, with their alternative metal, progressive rock, alternative rock, electronic rock music and most recently a pop/soft rock album that confused yet delighted a lot of fans.
But to everyone’s disappointment and dismay, the band officially announced, on 20th July 2017, Chester Bennington, the band’s lead vocalist since 1999, dead. According to the sources, he was found dead in his apartment. While police are suspecting a suicide, fans from around the world are feeling a range of emotions much like the band’s songs make us do.
Linkin Park, personally for me, has been the go-to band in depressing times, when one needs to flush out anxiety, angst or anger or just cry out. The songs like Breaking the Habit (which is about a drug addict who ends all his problems with his life: the song being, sadly, similar to the reality) or Robot Boy (a motivation for anyone who’s losing a sense of worth, anyone being hit an existential crisis) and other heart-wrenching, uplifting, ecstatic songs or the ones with plain screaming out emotions, are the ones we have been listening to in loops.
And now this news leaves us scattered, throwing us off; rendering us out of words. This incident doesn’t necessarily end Linkin Park, but it does leave them incomplete. The future albums might still reach the hearts and minds of listeners, but they’ll probably never be what we originally fell in love with. We can but pray. May Chester rest in peace!