Filipino artists react to the death of Chester Bennington


The news of Chester Bennington’s death shook the universe, including Filipino artists who have been influenced by the music of Linkin Park’s lead singer.

Several condolences for the family, tributes and reactions from Bennington’s fans, fellow artists, and friends outpoured on social media.

In her twitter account, former “Miss Saigon” cast Lea Salonga said, “Rest In Peace, Chester Bennington (lead singer of Linkin Park). Condolences to his family, band mates and fans.”

Chicosci vocalist Miggy Chavez posted a sketch of the Linkin Park frontman on Instagram. “Rest in peace, Chester. Thank you for the music,” he captioned the photo.

Francis Brew Reyes, The Dawn guitarist, reminisced the phone interview he had with the singer. “Had the chance to interview Chester Bennington over the phone a few years ago for Yahoo PH. It was a wonderful conversation and he was very forthcoming, delightfully chatty. Rest in Peace,” he posted on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Gabby Alipe of the rock band Urbandub recalled the chance their band had to open for Linkin Park members during the Manila leg of the “Living Things World Tour” back in 2013. “Will always be grateful for the opportunity to open up for you and share the same stage,” he said in a Facebook post.

The artist was also impressed by Bennington’s warmth and humility. “Among your band mates, you were the only one that took the time to approach us and say hello and acknowledge we were there with you backstage. Rest in power,” he added.

On the other hand, Jamir Garcia, vocalist of the veteran local band Slapshock, paid tribute by posting photos of their band with Chester. He also recognized the influence of the Linkin Park singer to him and his band, “This man and his band helped shape me and my band to what we are right now.”

Bennington was found dead inside his home on July 20, Thursday, according to Los Angeles County coroner. The cause of death of the 41-year old lead singer of Linkin Park, an American rock band that helped pushed the ‘nu-metal’ genre in early 2000s, was suspected suicide.

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