Linkin Park co-frontman Chester Bennington has spoken out about his longtime struggle with drugs and alcohol, confessing in a new interview with Noisecreep that his experience with addiction inspired many of the songs on Out of Ashes, his upcoming album with side-project Dead By Sunrise.
“My life was falling apart in many ways that I was writing about on this record in terms of getting divorced, in terms of diving very hard into alcohol and drugs throughout this process,” he said of his 2005 split from his wife of nine years.
Linkin Park's following studio albums, Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), and The Hunting Party (2014), continued the band's success.
Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in 2005.
Bennington became known as a vocalist with Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which was a massive commercial success.
The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales.
He helped create the music for Linkin Park's bestselling album, Meteora, along with DJ Joe Hahn.
That feeling, being able to write about it, sing about it, that song, those words sold millions of records, I won a Grammy, I made a lot of money.” Though addiction may have helped him creatively, Bennington is proud to now be sober.
In the early , he had frustrating life as a musician but Jeff Blue, the vice president of A&R at Zomba Music offered him an audition to be the future member of Linkin Park.
Chester Charles Bennington (born March 20, 1976) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor.
He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, and live rock cover band Bucket of Weenies.
He was originally the lead vocalist for Sean Dowdell And His Friends? Bennington was the lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.