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Chester Bennington: March 20, 1976 - July 20, 2017

Classic Rock’s Dave Ling remembers the Linkin Park frontman

Chester Bennington wasa dreamer. A recurring childhood fantasy of his was Depeche Mode flying their private jet into his schoolyard, scooping him up and proposing an abandonment of studies and a humdrum young life to become the fifth member of their group.

“I was always so excited [by that],” Bennington told me in a Metal Hammer interview in late 2000 just as his own career with Linkin Park began to gain traction. “We would perform a concert in front of my schoolmates and then fly off for a world tour together.”

Bennington’s make-believe tale never came true, but another product of his wild imagination, the one in which he joined Stone Temple Pilots, did.

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