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Chester Bennington would have turned 47 today: interesting facts about the unforgettable Linkin Park frontman

Chester Bennington was born on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, the son of a policeman and a nurse. Complicated by the separation of his parents, his childhood was by no means easy, and his difficult adolescence contributed make Chester a tormented, but at the same time an extremely talented soul.

Sadly, as many will remember, the frontman of Linkin Park took his own life on July 20, 2017, hanging himself in his residence in California.

Today Chester would have been 47 years old, and we want to remember him with some interesting facts about his short but intense life and musical career.

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Today Chester Bennington would have been 47 years old
Chester Bennington was born on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, the son of a policeman and a nurse. Complicated by the separation of his parents, his childhood was by no means easy, and his difficult adolescence contributed to make Chester a troubled, but at the same time an extremely talented soul. Sadly, as many remember, the frontman of Linkin Park took his own life on July 20, 2017, hanging himself in his residence in California. Today Chester would have been 47 years old, and we want to remember him with some interesting facts about his short but intense life and musical career.
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Who were Chester Bennington's musical idols?
After his parents' divorce, Chester went to live with his dad and older brother, who encouraged him to listen to groups such as Foreigner, Loverboy and Rush: it was from his brother that he learned to sing at the age of two, singing a song from the Foreigner repertoire . The singer's musical influences include, among others, Alice in Chains and Nirvana. In addition, Chester revealed in an interview that he was a big fan of Madonna, crediting her with raising him as a musician, despite the fact that she was doing a completely different genre.
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Linkin Park's origin
Chester Bennington joined Linkin Park after their formation: the singer was contacted by Jeff Blue and performed an audition over the phone, after which he was convinced to move to Los Angeles to play with band, which at the time was called Xero. In 1999, Xero changed its name to Hybrid Theory, and then to Lincoln Park, which was meant  to be the final name. However, the domain lincolnpark.com had already been purchased: therefore, not having enough money, band decided to opt for the name "Linkin Park".
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Chester Bennington had a brief acting career
Even if music was Chester Bennington's main activity, the singer appeared in some film works including the 2010 film "Saw 3D", in which he plays the victim of one of the riddler's games. The musician also had a small part in the 2006 film "Crank" and its sequel "Crank: High Voltage" of 2009.
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Chester Bennington Has been included in the list of the 100 best metal singers of all time
This ranking was made by the U.S. magazine Hit Pareder, which ranked the voice of Linkin Park forty-sixth.
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A "dangerous" performance
Chester Bennington was known for his voice with a unique and peculiar tone, at times rough but at the same time melancholic: this is also why he was so beloved by his fans. In 2007, during a concert of Linkin Park, the singer fractured his wrist: despite the pain, he managed to complete the performance for the love of his audience, which still listens to his music and has never forgotten him.
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