Locals tribute to Chester Bennington

By Denise Parker

Chester Bennington fans gathered at Club Tattoo in Tempe July 30 for a memorial service to remember the Arizona native singer and songwriter, who hanged himself in his California home earlier in the month.

Bennington was the lead singer for the rock band Linkin Park and was a father to six children and husband to Talinda Bentley.

The memorial service ran from 7-9 p.m. at the tattoo and body piercing parlor that Bennington co-founded.

Due to the large amount of people attending the service, the managers asked those who wanted a tattoo or a body piercing to make an appointment in advance, and the business stayed open longer.

Those who attended the service sported the band’s shirts from past tours and online stores. In front of the building, there was a microphone stand and a set of speakers. Fans were offered a chance to speak and share stories. They recalled attending concerts, shared what the band’s music meant to them, and spoke about the chance of meeting the late singer. Fans could also sign notebooks that would be sent to the Bennington family.

To the side of a barrier wall between Club Tattoo and a Circle K, was a table covered with flowers and candles. A wreath was stationed next to the table, and the tribute had a banner that read “RIP Chester.”

People came to support one another, and many from across the nation sent flowers to the late singer’s home in California.

Linkin Park’s debut album Hybrid Theory brought the group fame. Their band at the time consisted of Chester Bennington for lead vocals; Mike Shindoa for vocals, rhythm guitar keyboard and piano; Brad Delson for lead guitar and bass guitar; Joe Hahn for turntables, samples and programming; and Rob Bourdon for drums and percussion. The album was released in 2000. The four singles included “One Step Closter,” “Crawling,” “Papercut” and “In the End”.

The band’s most current album One More Light was released on May 19, 2017. The singles included “Heavy,” which features pop singer Kiiara, and “Talking to Myself,” but reviews were mixed.

Linkin Park was on a tour titled the One More Light World Tour, and had visited South America and Europe in May 2017. Because of Bennington’s death, the North America tour was cancelled. Linkin Park was scheduled to play in Arizona on August 30, 2017 at Talking Stick resort. Fans were offered a refund for their tickets.

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