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One Of The Best Days Of My Life
by John Jazwiec

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The tragic death of Chester Bennington has been a family loss. Everyone that knows me - even people who read this blog and can see how prominent Linkin Park is featured in the title - knows the music of Linkin Park has been an influence on me and has given my family such joy from their albums and concerts. 


This concert event - although in Milton Keynes England - was the exact music set we had watched in Chicago. Anyone with the time to watch, can see how complex, inspirational and how different Linkin Park's music was. Seeing them in concert, was like seeing an orchestra, combined with a unique communal spiritual experience. 

The day started with a haircut and a look of Bennington. In for a penny, in for a dollar, I gladly let my daughter paint my fanboy face. My wife and daughter looked beautiful. We first watched a band called Saosin and got their autograph and talked to them. Then a band - one I have long forgotten - came to the main stage. Due to an illness, Bennington substituted as their lead singer, belting out his voice an hour before Linkin Park performed their set. In between came My Chemical Romance. 

Bennington was the best singer I have ever seen live. Linkin Park live was quantumly better than their albums. I don't know what it's like to be in a trance, but their live concert took me to a place I had never been before. It was one of the best days of my life.

Selfishly, I know that Linkin Park - without Bennington - is no longer a concert for us to see this summer.

But myself and my family's heart goes out to Bennington's wife and his six children. Your husband and children should know that he was loved. We also hope that in his death people take depression and suicide even more seriously. 

One song he sung seems to be most appropriate today and tomorrow - 

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

We will Chester.


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