In February, prior to the release of their new album, Chester Bennington from Linkin Park stopped by the station to talk about the bands new music.
I had spoken to Chester many times throughout the years. He was always remarkably generous with his time and candid with his words. It was never a cookie cutter conversation. Never guarded. His openness was always appreciated, his energy was infectious and his charisma was undeniable.
Needless to say - news of his suicide today was a complete shock.
His troubles - though well documented - were never obvious or apparent during the times I spent with him. Though, as you'll hear during portions of this conversation - he was very open about the fact that they did exist - and it was something that he dealt with every day.
This clip from our conversation particularly struck me today:
And the entire unedited conversation.