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Why Music Matters: How Music Can Help Mental Illness

AltWire contributor Samantha Warren discusses the recent death of Chester Bennington and mental illness.

When you go to shows, you have one thing in common with the strangers standing around you. You know the lyrics, you buy merchandise, and you have one common goal. It’s to sing along to the band that’s standing right in front of you. One way or another, that band made an impact on your life, and that’s why you spend money on concert tickets. You spend money on merch, and sometimes you even travel the miles to see them in person.

We lost Chester Bennington almost two weeks ago now, and it was a loss that affected millions of people from the fans, music industry personnel, and artists alike. Over the past two weeks I’ve gone to several shows, and each band/ artist that I’ve seen took the time to make a special tribute to Chester, and to their own fans to re-assure them that help and hope is out there. We all struggle, but we can get through it to.

I think one of the most important things that this taught us is that someone’s life can seem perfect on the outside, but they’re struggling on the inside and fighting to survive each and every day. Never underestimate someone and their daily struggle. Depression is a nasty battle that can drain the life out of you, but somehow you find a way to get through another day.

A lot of times music is that outlet. Music is the release for people. Music is the reasons someone’s heart could be beating. If you see someone with lyrics inked on their body, there’s a reason. It’s not just “another dumb mistake” someone made to mark their body. Those lyrics made an impact on that person’s life, and they want that reminder that when things get dark, those words pulled them through the light. If it helped them once, it can help them again. It’s that constant reminder that they can get through anything.

If you’re struggling, keep doing what you love. Go to shows. Sing your heart out. Find your release. Meet your favorite band members after the show. Tell them what impact their music has had on you and on your life.

Out of all of the statements I’ve seen… this is the one that hits home for me was from Alt Press, “We are the kids that regret the scars on our bodies, but cover them with art to remind us to never go back to that place. We are the kids that grew up hurting and turned that pain into music that touches the heart of millions. ”

If you ever feel alone; reach out to someone. Help is real, and so is hope. Recovery is always possible. Be there for each other today, and every day. But mostly in the upcoming days as we mourn the loss of a man who changed the music industry and touched the hearts of millions.

Music is powerful. Chester will always be a legend. Rest easy.

Linkin Park – Heavy feat. Kiiara Review

Heavy brings us a new Chester...


Chester Bennington just trolled every Linkin Park fan who was expecting to hear…

…Chester Bennington.

I mean the Chester that we’re used to. The Chester whose vocal presence was “one step closer to the edge”. But, that’s not a bad thing, as we see on the veteran band’s newest single, which is ironically titled “Heavy”.

As a long time Linkin Park fan, I know this song will take some time for the average LP fan to get used to. To be honest, Bruno Mars could have just as easily fit on “Heavy”.

However, Bruno could not have owned this song the way Chester did.

The production was masterfully crafted, it seems, to reel in younger music listeners. In today’s world where reading the news even feels like a burden, it’s inspiration to see that falling skies aren’t exclusive to little people like us:

 I don’t like my mind right now

Stacking up problems that are so unnecessary

Wish that I could slow things down

I wanna let go but there’s comfort in the panic

And I drive myself crazy

Thinking everything’s about me

Yeah I drive myself crazy

Cause I can’t escape the gravity

For a few seconds, I forgot this was the guy who used to fly into Stone Temples. He seemed more like the co-worker in the cafeteria at work, talking to me in confidence about his old lady.

But then the bridge came, and the slightly raspy, cracking of his voice reminded me that Linkin Park’s lead vocalist was still present inside of his current form.

Kiiara was also a great addition to this song. She does more than just complement the production. She holds her own with sultry vocals that explode into a powerful performance on the hook that was so convincing, it sent me to Google to find more of her music.

In conclusion, there are some listeners who will label this song as Pop. In my eyes, genres are just another tool of division. The love of music is one of the few things we all have in common. Music is all about expression, emotion, and beauty.

And those are the same things that make “Heavy” so sexy.

Review Score: B+

What did you think of “Heavy”? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!

Pre-Order ‘One More Light’

Linkin Park have announced their brand new album will be titled ‘One More Light’ and will be releasing May 19th, 2017. Their website has been updated with new information about the album with a number of preorder options. These include CD packages, vinyl packages and deluxe packages that include a 48-page hard cover album art book with photos from the album.





Chester Bennington Reunites with Stone Temple Pilots for Charity

Stone Temple Pilots will have a one-off performance this March with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, the remaining members of the iconic band reuniting with their vocalist of roughly two years for From Bach to Rock.

Stone Temple Pilots had to regretfully part ways with Bennington to allow his focus to remain on Linkin Park and his family last fall, kicking off 2016 with open auditions from any fans and musicians to find their next vocalist.

Now, the infectious chemistry between the four will be experienced quite possibly for the last performance together, From Bach to Rock proceeds to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools. Funds will support programs such as school music, physical education, library and STEM programs, safe school counselors, academic and career counselors, and teacher salaries.

From Bach to Rock will unite “platinum selling rock stars together with world-renowned classical musicians,” the line up currently headlining Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, others including Yutong and Jane Lee.

VIP Packages and Sponsorship, and General Admission Tickets will be on sale February 23rd, the intimate charity concert scheduled for March 26th. More information HERE.

Meanwhile, open auditions to front Stone Temple Pilots are still up-

If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you. No one will ever “replace” Scott, that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do… make music! We look forward to seeing you.

Vocal submissions are to be submitted HERE. On the other hand, Linkin Park have been offering small updates in photos and quick videos to fans, their return to the studio kicked off since last year. The new album is expected later this year, Bennington’s co-vocalist Mike Shinoda calling it ‘insane’ in a written update for fans.


Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz Discuss Upcoming Stone Temple Pilots Tour

Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots recently called in on-air to speak with WAAF-FM’s host Mistress Carrie of Boston, and delivered great news all around for their band, including an update on Chester Bennington’s recovery from his surgery earlier this month.

Credited as the lead vocalist to both Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots, Bennington suffered an injury to his ankle just a few shows into Linkin Park’s winter tour this past January, leading to the rest of the dates being cancelled. “He hurt himself badly,” DeLeo explained, “It was not only a break- the guy tore darn near every ligament in his ankle. They had to go in on each side.

“He has about a five-inch incision on each side. They had to go in and assemble a big bowl of spaghetti.”

DeLeo reassured, however, that Bennington is healing rather quickly, adding that “[Chester’s] just in that mindset and physicality where he wills his body to do that.”

The unexpected break in Linkin Park’s extensive touring has allowed Stone Temple Pilots’ original members to work more with Bennington, whose début EP as lead vocalist (High Rise) was released late 2013 after a small tour with the band in September of that year. The decision to replace original vocalist Scott Weiland with Chester Bennington, was revealed via a surprise live performance earlier in 2013 with the chart-topping single “Out of Time” being released the same night of the performance. Since then, only a few updates on new STP material has come, with Bennington’s priority Linkin Park releasing their sixth studio album The Hunting Party in June of 2014.

While fans await Linkin Park’s return to the stage in May for US and Canadian festivals, Bennington has began writing and recording with Stone Temple Pilots with a spring tour announced for April.

When asked of the new music, DeLeo remarked- “it just kind of sounds like us, you know? I’d like to think it’s not anything we’ve done before, we definitely don’t want to repeat ourselves.”

DeLeo goes on to add, “we want to make sure it has those elements where we’re excited not to just present a great song but something that has great performances on all our parts.”

Carrie questioned whether the writing process and style change with a new vocalist, both agreeing that it didn’t, “everybody just comes into a session with lots of material on their hands, and it’s just a matter of sifting through it.

“Sometimes a song will stand on its own, sometimes I’ll walk in with one or two parts of a song and Robert will say ‘I got another part for that!'”

They say there are no rules, as long as that product puts a ‘tingle in the knickers.’

Stone Temple Pilots have also embraced Linkin Park’s passion to support clean energy and fight climate change, Carrie noting $1 of each ticket will be donated to Music for Relief, Linkin Park’s nonprofit organization to aid natural disaster victims and relief.

You can listen to the entire interview HERE.

Stone Temple Pilots Announce Spring Tour

Stone Temple Pilots have announced a thirteen-city spring tour this coming April, pre-sales beginning tomorrow, February 18, at 10:00 AM PST with RSVP codes. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, February 20, with $1 of all tickets sold donated to Music for Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief and environmental protection.

All tour dates and ticket sales can be found HERE.

The tour announcement for Stone Temple Pilots came four weeks into the six weeks of vocalist Chester Bennington’s recovery after an injury to his ankle required surgery back in January, Linkin Park’s winter tour for The Hunting Party cancelled . The spring tour will be completed before Bennington hits US and Canadian festivals with Linkin Park in May.

Legal disputes concerning Stone Temple Pilots’ decision to split from founding frontman Scott Weiland and replace him with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington have also been settled for the spring tour, ‘Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’ no longer required.

Ultimate Guitar recently asked Weiland his thoughts on Bennington replacing his vocals- “I really don’t think about it much. It’s like our legal suits we had going way behind us now.

“They’re doing what they’re doing and I’m doing what I’m doing and I wish them luck.”