Linkin Park Opens Up: Demons 'Were Always Part of the Deal'

Band posts letter to late frontman Chester Bennington
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2017 12:41 PM CDT
In Wake of Suicide, Linkin Park Shares Its Despair
In this June 18, 2014, file photo, members of Linkin Park, from left: Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, and Chester Bennington, at an induction ceremony for the Guitar Center's Rockwalk at Guitar Center in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

Linkin Park had been set to start its North American tour this week, per CNN. Instead, it found itself sharing its despair with the world. In a letter to Chester Bennington posted on Facebook and to the band's website, fellow band members write of where they find themselves in the wake of the frontman's suicide. "Our hearts are broken," they begin. "The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened."

"We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal," they continue. "After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve." Read the post in full here. The band canceled its tour on Friday; a tweet from promoter Live Nation read in part, "Our thoughts to all affected." (More Linkin Park stories.)

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