A few days after news of Chester Bennington’s suicide, My Chemical Romance front man, Gerard Way shared his grief over the Linkin Park singer’s death.
In an interview with Nerdist, Gerard Way said Chester Bennington “changed his life.”
“I was devastated to hear about Chester,” the MCR singer said. “He was actually at my wedding. Not a lot of people were there because we got married super quickly at the end of the tour when half the people had gone home. So there were literally only 30 or 40 people there, and he was one of them.”
Gerard Way met his wife, Lyn-Z, bassist of Mindless Self Indulgence while they were on tour with Linkin Park as part of the latter’s Projekt Revolution festival.
“His band and bringing us on tour, that changed my life,” Way said. “I met my wife. We have an amazing life now and a daughter. My memories of that period and meeting Linds again are tied into Chester and his band. It’s so sad.”
A few days ago, Way also paid tribute to Bennington on Instagram.
“I am so incredibly sad to hear of Chester’s passing. He was kind and vibrant, a good human being, and an incredibly talented individual. I will always have wonderful memories of the tour we did together, and will never forget him. Sending my love to his family, his fans, and his bandmates. –G”
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Bennington was found dead in his Palos Verdes residence Thursday last week. Authorities say the singer took his own life by hanging.
Linkin Park also shared an an open letter on their Instagram and Facebook pages as tribute to the late singer.
Fellow bandmate, Mike Shinoda also shared an old photo of the band, reminiscing Linkin Park’s early days.
1997 or 1998…I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band. He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next. The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college.