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Korn’s Jonathan Davis was on hand to perform during the recent tribute concert to late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington following his suicide back in July. Along with several other bands, Linkin Park returned to the stage to celebrate the life of the band’s lead singer and his legacy.
Davis performed the Linkin Park hit “One Step Closer” alongside Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck of Bennington’s band Dead By Sunrise along with several other amazing, joining the rest of the amazing performances that night. Recently, he spoke to Kerrang about Bennington’s death and what the beloved Linkin Park singer meant to him, and everyone else whose lives he touched. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the Korn vocalist had nothing but kind things to say about Chester.
“I understand depression and everything [Chester] was going through,” Jonathan said of Bennington’s death. “It's always the seemingly happy, sweetest ones that are hurting the most. It's a terrible disease that can make things feel unbearable. When I found out what had happened, I didn't even have the words.”
“His lyrics hit home and were very relatable. On a lyrical level, Chester touched upon a lot of things that people feel, and when you experience that with music, it's a release,” Davis continued. It was clear by the turnout and attendance from the Linkin Park & Friends show just how important Chester’s and the rest of Linkin Park’s words were, with a wide range of songs that imparted several different meanings. Whether you were sad, happy, fired up, or ready to go out and totally kill it at something, the band was a soundtrack to many different moments.
“When you're helping so many people, you can sometimes forget about yourself. We're like superheroes to kids that are hurting — we're supposed to be the living proof that things will get better. There should be more Chesters in the world,” Davis explained. We certainly agree.