As family and friends laid Chester Bennington to rest over the weekend, including some of his musical peers, countless others continue to mourn his loss.
ET Canada spoke with Imagine Dragons at the Wayhome Music And Arts Festival outside Barrie, Ont., where lead singer Dan Reynolds reflected on the impact the Linkin Park frontman left on his life.
“I think Chester spoke from his heart in his music,” Reynolds said. “He bore his heart through his music, and it’s a heavy loss for all the industry and the world in a lot of ways.”
Bennington was found dead of an apparent suicide July 20, at the age of 41. The tragedy has generated a dialogue around mental health, a topic that hits close to home for Reynolds, whose own struggle with depression influenced his band’s latest album, “Evolve.”
“I think we need to share our weaknesses,” he stressed. “That’s what brings society close together, and helps us to feel strength.”
With a gruelling tour schedule, the band knows all about the importance of taking some much needed time off. Recently, Justin Bieber pulled the plug on his “Purpose” tour for his “soul and well-being,” according to his manager, Scooter Braun.
Guitarist Wayne Sermon added, “After doing the same thing for so long, it can wear on your mental health – no matter how amazing the job is.”
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