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  • Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington was found dead yesterday. TMZ was the first to report that Bennington hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence near Los Angeles. Law enforcement responded to his home shortly after 9am. The Phoenix born singer told us a while back that he often thrived as an artist on drama and turmoil: "For some reason, I feel comfortable being in uncomfortable situation(s). I don't like it, I don't like being tormented, so to speak, but for some reason, I'm drawn to -- I feel more comfortable as a person being in chaos or being in a crappy situation because I'm used to that. Ever since I was really young, it's always been chaotic and always been crazy, there's always some kind of drama, and so I've just become accustomed to that." , son Draven Sebastian with his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, and son Tyler Lee and twin daughters Lily and Lila with Bentley.
  • In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. Bennington teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland's departure for one EP, High Rise, in 2013.

  • Linkin Park's massively popular 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, introduced the world to their immaculately produced hybrid of alt-rock, metal and rap. Its follow-up, 2003's Meteora, became the first of the band's six chart-topping albums.

  • Their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, "In the End" from Hybrid Theory, peaked at No. 2 in 2002. "Numb" from Meteora hit No. 11 in 2004, "What I've Done" reached No. 7 in 2007, "New Divide" peaked at No. 6 in 2009 and "Shadow of the Day" earned a No. 15 spot in 2008.
  • Bennington was friends with Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in May. Bennington performed "Hallelujah" at Cornell’s memorial service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
  • In an open letter to Cornell after his death, Bennington wrote: "Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude. … Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache wrapped up into one."

  • AUDIO: CHESTER BENNINGTON SAYS LINKIN PARK'S MUSIC IS GETTING HARDER TO CLASSIFY
    AUDIO: LINKIN PARK'S CHESTER BENNINGTON ON HIS ALCOHOLISM
    AUDIO: LINKIN PARK'S CHESTER BENNINGTON WANTS TO ENJOY FRUITS OF HIS HARD WORK
    AUDIO: LINKIN PARK'S CHESTER BENNINGTON MORE COMFORTABLE WHEN HE'S UNCOMFORTABLE

  • Soon after reports surfaced Thursday of Chester Bennington’s death - friends, fans, and celebrities shared their sympathy online:

    Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell tweeted, " Just when I thought my heart couldn’t break any ore…I Love you T."

    Jimmy Kimmel wrote, "Chester was one of the kindest men I've had on my show. My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed terribly."

    Imagine Dragons: "No words. so heartbroken. RIP Chester Bennington."

    Bennington's bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."

    Linkin Park bassist, Dave Phoenix Farrell simply wrote, "Heartbroken."

    Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor wrote: "Jesus No…"

    Nikki Sixx: "I am in tears. Chester just told me how happy he was…..He was such a sweet and talented man. I feel so sad for his family, band mates and fans."

    Timbaland: "Our thoughts and prayers are with @linkinpark and Chester's friends and family. #RIPChester"

    Paul Stanley tweeted, "RIP CHESTER BENNINGTON. We can never know someone's pain. Prayers to his family in this tragedy. If you need help REACH OUT."

    Rob Thomas: "song of the day: NUMB - LINKIN PARK"

    Skillet’s John Cooper tweeted: "Absolutely no words. Speechless and so sad. I am such a fan."

    Dwayne Johnson: "So sorry to hear the news about Chester Bennington. Sending so much luv, strength & light to his family, kids & @linkinpark ohana."

    One Republic: "Oh dear God. Massive R.I.P to Chester Bennington of @linkinpark this BREAKS OUR HEART. Suicide is the devil on earth walking amongst us."

    Ryan Adams: "R.I.P Chester Bennington
    My thoughts are with his family & friends today
    He & @linkinpark are the kindest folks you could ever hoped to meet."

    Garbage: "Just heard the sad news of the passing of Chester Bennington . Our sincere condolences to his family, his band and everyone who loved him."

    Mark McGrath: "Thoughts & prayers to the family, friends & band of Chester Bennington...such a sweet soul and incredible talent, heartbroken again."

    Korn guitarist, Brian "Head" Welch posted a harsh statement on FB: Honestly, Chester's an old friend who we've hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I'm sick of this suicide s**t! I've battled depression/mental illness, and I'm trying to be sympathetic, but it's hard when you're pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!! I'm sorry, I know meds and/or alcohol may have been involved, I'm just processing like all of us and I know we are all having some of the same thoughts/feelings. Lord, take Chester in your arms and please re-unite him with his family and all of us one day. Be with his wife and kids with your grace during this difficult time.

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Wednesday night in Bakersfield, California, Nine Inch Nails played their first show in nearly three years and included a David Bowie song in their set. "

    Bowie was a longtime inspiration to frontman Trent Reznor. The two had collaborated on various musical projects over the years, and he credited Bowie with helping him get sober while the two were touring together in 1995.

    As Reznor introduced "I Can’t Give Everything Away," he told the crowd: "At the beginning of last year we lost someone who was very important to us, and me personally, David Bowie. We were in the studio kind of messing around, and it felt like we needed to do something, to process it in some way, so we worked on a song of his that gave us some sort of closure. It felt good to us, we didn’t release it, but we’ll play it for you now."

    Nine Inch Nails also played two songs from their Add Violence EP that comes out today.(July 21)

    Nine Inch Nails’ Bakersfield’s Set List:

    Branches/Bones
    Copy of A
    Less Than
    March of the Pigs
    Piggy
    The Frail
    The Wretched
    Closer
    Parasite How to Destroy Angels cover
    Burn
    Gave Up
    I Can’t Give Everything Away (Farewell Mix) David Bowie cover
    The Lovers
    Reptile
    The Great Destroyer
    Burning Bright (Field on Fire)
    Survivalism
    Wish
    The Hand That Feeds
    Head Like a Hole

    Encore:
    Hurt

    Source: Loudwire

  • Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died on Thursday of suicide by hanging. He was 41 years old.

    A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said they received a call about 9a.m. regarding a cardiac arrest in Palos Verdes Estates. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Bennington was home alone at the time of the suicide. His family was out of town and a housekeeper discovered his body in his bedroom.

    Firefighters arrived and cleared the scene by 9:29 a.m. Officers responding did not find a note.

    Bennington had arrived home from Arizona on Wednesday and had plans on Thursday. It was reported that bandmate Joe Hahn showed up just after the police arrived, he was there to drive Chester to a photo shoot and was "absolutely shocked" of the news.

    The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

    He told The Guardian in 2011, "No one wants that to happen to you and honestly, I don't remember when it started." He recalled that seeing a photo of himself as a child at his mother's house from around the time of the abuse - brought it all back. He had said, "I remember that stuff happening to me at that stage and even thinking about it now makes me want to cry. My God, no wonder I became a drug addict. No wonder I just went completely insane for a little while."

    After singer Chris Cornell committed suicide in May, Bennington sang at his funeral and also wrote a heartfelt message paying tribute to the Soundgarden frontman. In part, he wrote "I can’t imagine a world without you in it." Bennington was Godfather to one of Cornell’s children.

    Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

    Chester Bennington’s Farewell Letter To Friend Chris Cornell

    • I dreamt about the Beatles last night. I woke up with Rocky Raccoon playing in my head and a concerned look my wife’s face. She told me my friend had just passed away. Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I’m still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivalled. your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that’s what we all are. You helped me understand that. I just watched a video of you singing "A Day In The Life" by the Beatles and thought of my dream. I’d like to think you were saying goodbye in your own way. I can’t imagine a world without you in it. I pray you find peace in the next life. I send my love to your wife and children, friends and family.
    • Several friends and family members started arriving at the house Thursday afternoon in California. Some fans have left flowers at the end of the driveway.

    Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/chester-bennington-dead-chris-cornell-letter-read-in-full-farewell-message-a7851971.html and TMZ

    Some Musical Facts

    • Originally from Arizona, Bennington joined the Southern California band in the late 1990s. Their 2000 release of Hybrid Theory became a massive hit, selling more than 10 million albums in the United States and even more globally. It also catapulted the band into stardom and sparked cross-genre mash-ups, such as the 2004 EP Collision Course, a collaboration album between the band and rapper Jay-Z.
    • In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington was a member of Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015, when he left to spend more time with his family and "focus solely on Linkin Park." He was also part of a side project, Dead by Sunrise, which released the album Out of Ashes in 2009.

    Source: Washington Post

  • The first official AC/DC photographic tour book is set to be released this fall. It will cover the full extent of the band’s 2015 world tour.

    The coffee table book will cover the full extent of AC/DC’s groundbreaking 2015 world tour and will include an introduction from Angus Young.

    Rock Or Bust will be out in October, but if you pre-order it before August 18, the band will put your name on the back of the book!

    • The book is 264 pages and features hundreds of behind-the-scenes images and live action shots of key dates on the 2015 tour, finishing in Australia in December.
    • If you pre-order now, (and before August 18) you can get your name in the back of the book. When you place your order, you will see an area to add your name on the main order page. All names will appear at the back of the book in alphabetical order. If you do not wish your name to appear, please put "No Thanks" in the name box.

    Source: Blabbermouth

  • A nonprofit program launched on Thursday on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. The star’s widow, Vicky Cornell announced that The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation will join forces with Childhaven to support trauma-affected children through music therapy. Vicky Cornell stated, "Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children." Cornell donated $1000,000 to help get the program up and running.

    For more information, go to ChildHaven.Org

    Source: Loudwire

  • The Black Keys’ Dan Aeurbach and blues musician Robert Finely have teamed for a gritty and brassy new outlaw tune called "Bang Bang." It’s one of two tracks they have on the upcoming soundtrack for the graphic novel, Murder Ballads.

    Auerbach told Rolling Stone that "Working with Robert Finley was incredible. He's the greatest living soul singer as far as I'm concerned." Auerbach and Finely also recorded a cover of Lead Belly's famous cut "In the Pines." Murder Ballads tells the story of the owner of a struggling record label who's desperate to save his marriage and business.

    Just last month, Auerbach released another solo album, Waiting On A Song.

    • A limited-edition 10-inch EP pressing of the Murder Ballads Soundtrack is available to pre-order via Mondo. The box set also comes with the full graphic novel and three exclusive prints. A digital download of the soundtrack will come with every purchase of the graphic novel via publisher Z2 Comics.

    Source: Rolling Stone

  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    KIM KARDASHIAN’S LIFE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO AN OPERA: Kim Kardashian’s whirlwind 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries has long been the stuff of punch-lines, but now it is making its way into an opera. The London show, called The Marriage of Kim K, is half musical, half opera and will feature Kim snapping selfies and playing up her relationship for the cameras. The show is being billed as a modern take on Mozart’s classic 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, TASHA McCAULEY WELCOME SON: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has welcomed a son with his wife, the robotics expert Tasha McCauley, People reports. The private couple has not released details, but the baby reportedly arrived in June. The pair share another son who turns 2 next month. The couple has never released the names of their children. LEA MICHELE IS DATING ZANDY REICH: New couple alert! Scream Queens alum Lea Michele is dating Zandy Reich, according to a report in Us Weekly. The pair were recently spotted holding hands in New York and seemed happy and comfortable with each other. Michele has been previously linked to Matthew Paetz, Robert Buckley and former Glee costar Cory Monteith. TED DANSON SINGS WIFE MARY STEENBURGEN’S PRAISES: What a guy! After nearly 22 years of marriage, Ted Danson still has the hots for his wife. "I’m madly in love with Mary Steenburgen. She’s a remarkable human being so I’m just incredibly blessed," the Cheers alum, 69, told Us Weekly while attending Don Henley’s annual private concert in L.A. "It feels like heaven on Earth. If I were to die, I can say, I know what it’s like to be loved and to love." The pair have been married since 1995 after meeting on the set of 1993’s Pontiac Moon. FIRED KERMIT THE FROG ACTOR SPEAKS OUT: Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire is speaking out after being fired from his longtime role on The Muppets. Speaking to The Today Show Thursday of being fired, he said: "I was stunned. It seemed like it was about five minutes of silence. It probably wasn’t that long, but I was just trying to get answers. I had no advance warning on that." He added that, contrary to allegations about his "unacceptable business conduct," he had discussed becoming a producer on the show with head honchos at Disney.

    JADA PINKETT SMITH OPENS UP ABOUT DRUG-DEALING PAST

    Jada Pinkett Smith, 46, accomplished actress, wife of Will Smith and mother of two, has an enviable life, but it wasn’t always so. Smith opened up about her difficult past as a drug dealer on Sway’s World. Smith was discussing her close friendship with the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a conversation that has come up a lot since the release of Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. She has criticized the reimagining of their friendship, calling it "very hurtful." Smith said that when she met Shakur something "very bad" had happened in her personal life, making her want to get out of the drug life, whereas he was just entering it. "I've been having kind of an existential crisis around Pac because I was coming out, he was coming in, and there was a point at which we met. And then we kinda were going our separate ways. And I just felt like, 'OK, God, one day you're going to do for Pac what you did for me, which is, you saved me.' And that just never happened for him." She went onto explain the roots of their friendship: "Pac and I's relationship was about survival. That's how it started. And I know most people want to always connect it in this romance thing, and that's just because they don't have the story." Smith is planning to write a book about her early life. Meanwhile, over on The Hoda Show, Smith had some words of wisdom for her 17-year-old daughter Willow. Smith, who married at 25, says she hopes Willow waits longer than she did. "I'd have to be very careful if she fell in love when I fell in love and had a possibility of getting married. I would just talk to her and say, 'There's no rush; there's a lot of life to live.’"

    RYAN SEACREST TO RETURN TO 'AMERICAN IDOL' REBOOT

    It’s official! Ryan Seacrest is returning to the show where he made his name. He has long been rumored to be on the roster at ABC’s reboot of American Idol, but Seacrest made the announcement Thursday morning with Kelly Ripa’s help on Live With Kelly and Ryan. "I’ve got some big news to announce. Is it ok if I announce this big news? I’ve been waiting and waiting," Ripa said. "I am happy to confirm, again confirm with absolute confirmation, that Ryan Seacrest is returning of the host of Idol." She then quickly corrected her grammar and let Seacrest have the mic. "First of all, I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a 15-year relationship, and for a reason you really don’t know you break up," Seacrest said. "All of a sudden the show’s going we thought well and then all of a sudden we broke up, and I thought gosh, it would be great to get back together at some point." American Idol ended its 15-year run in April of 2016 and will be rebooted on ABC come fall. Katy Perry joined the show as judge for a reported $25 million. Reports have pegged Seacrest’s salary at $15 million. Perry hit up Twitter to congratulate Seacrest, writing: "I’m spicy, ‪@RyanSeacrest is seasoned. All the right ingredients are coming together on ‪@AmericanIdol. Have YOU auditioned?"

    O.J. SIMPSON GRANTED PAROLE, COULD GO FREE OCT. 1

    Football Hall of Famer, Hollywood actor and double-murder suspect O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday, almost nine years after being sentenced to prison for armed robbery. A four-member parole board in Carson City, Nevada voted unanimously to slash his 33-year-prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robber in Las Vegas. The 70-year-old could be released as soon as October 1st. Simpson still has the power to fascinate a world that became mesmerized by his precipitous fall from grace after being charged with a double homicide (and let off) in 1994. On Thursday, networks and cable-news stations carried the story live for more than an hour and brought in experts and lawyers to weigh in on the possible verdict, the actual verdict and the implications for O.J. and his victims. Simpson told the board via video: "I always thought I’ve been pretty good with people and have basically spent a conflict-free life." His eldest daughter, Arnelle, and a victim of the robbery, both testified in support of his release. "My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock," Arnelle said. "And as a family, we recognize that he is not the perfect man, but he’s clearly a man and a father. He has done his best to behave in away that speaks to his overall nature and character, which is always to be positive no matter what." Simpson was found guilty on October 3rd of 2008 of felony charges in connection to the robbery. The conviction occurred 13 years to the day after being found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. The acquittal came after an eight-month trial the entire country watched.

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