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Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington: 'I Was A Raging Alcoholic'

July 14th, 2011 10:58pm EDT
Linkin Park
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has become the latest star to come clean about his booze problems, revealing he was once "a raging alcoholic."

Just a week after Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe opened up about his secret battle with alcohol, Bennington has spoken out about his own problems.

He tells rock magazine Kerrang!, "I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore."

In the candid interview, the singer also speaks about being molested as a seven-year-old child, adding, "If I think back to when ...
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Drowning Pool 'Devastated' By Tucson Gunman's Use Of Song

January 13th, 2011 10:05pm EST
Drowning Pool
Rockers Drowning Pool have distanced themselves from a deranged gunman who opened fire in a Tucson, Arizona car park - killing six people and injuring 14 others - after he used their music as the soundtrack to a video he posted online.

The band has released a statement after learning Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is a fan of their music - and used it to inspire his violence.

The group states, "We were devastated to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again."

Drowning Pool insist "Bodies," the song Loughner used in his YouTube.com vide...
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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Loved His 'Saw' Movie Role

October 28th, 2010 1:49pm EDT
Chester Bennington
Rocker Chester Bennington is delighted with his latest role - he's been immortalized as a victim of twisted serial killer Jigsaw in the new Saw movie.

The Linkin Park frontman is a huge fan of the bloodthirsty film franchise, and he jumped at the chance to play a man held in a gruesome "do or die" trap in Saw 3D, which hits cinemas on Friday. And the What I've Done hit-maker found it easy to slip into the role - he has suffered so many injuries in his life, he knows how it feels to be paralyzed by pain.

Bennington tells Kerrang! magazine, "What I love about the Saw films is the incredib...
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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Debuts New Band, Dead By Sunrise

October 2nd, 2009 7:00pm EDT
Chester Bennington, Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise
Dead by Sunrise, the new band fronted by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, have just released another new song from their upcoming album. The song, called "Let Down", is from their debut album, "Out Of Ashes", due from Warner Bros. Records on October 13.

The band, which is Bennington on vocals, guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh (from Orgy/Julien-K), bassist Brandon Belsky, drummer Elias Anda (also from Julien-K), and keyboardist Anthony Valcic, will perform at Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas on October 1; at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on October 14; and at the...
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Linkin Park: 'Songs from the Underground'

January 9th, 2009 11:00am EST
Linkin Park
Linkin Park is a band that just keeps on giving. Having just released their second live CD/DVD 'Road to Revolution,' a few weeks prior, the band deemed it necessary to drop another record for their fans, this time an eight song collection from their LP Underground fan club, entitled 'Songs From the Underground.'

They might be some time away from releasing their fourth full length studio album, but 'Songs from the Underground' more than suffices as filler for the fans in the meantime.

Granted, it may not be a proper Linkin Park album release, but it surely is one of their best col...
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Linkin Park Announce New Live CD 'Road To Revolution,' Out Nov. 25

October 18th, 2008 11:00am EDT
Linkin Park
Multi-platinum two-time Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park has announced a November 25th release date for Road To Revolution (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros. Records), an action-packed CD/DVD combo featuring 18 of the group's biggest hits recorded live in concert.

The double-disc set captures the band's June 29, 2008 show at the Milton Keynes National Bowl during the sold-out European leg of this past summer's Projekt Revolution tour. Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution has become one of the summer concert season's annual heavyweights and the Milton Keynes gig—played to a packed h...
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Linkin Park Announce Plans For U.S. Tour

November 30th, 2007 1:04pm EST
Linkin Park
Multi-platinum rock act Linkin Park has announced plans for a much-buzzed-about U.S. tour with special guests Coheed & Cambria. The road jaunt is set to kick off February 12th at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

To intensify the live experience, Linkin Park is offering fans the option of purchasing a Digital Souvenir Package with their tickets, a groundbreaking promotion that provides concert-goers with a special post-gig memento: a live audio download of an entire show, exclusive concert photos and a digital tour program.

News of the tour follows a week in which Linkin Park solidified ...
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Linkin Park Singer Didn't Cheat On First Wife With Second Wife While First Wife Was Still First Wife

June 4th, 2007 11:31am EDT
Chester Bennington
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has denied having an affair with his second wife Talinda Bentley, while he was still married to first wife Samantha. The singer married Bentley in December 2005 - just seven months after divorcing Samantha, his wife of nine years and mother of his five-year-old son Draven.

He admits he and Bentley met while he was still married - but insists he waited until he was single before pursuing a relationship.

Bennington says, "It sounds shady, but I wasn't having an affair. I literally met Talinda at a party, thought: 'Oh my God, I could actually ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 20

March 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Spike Lee
Happy Birthday to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington (1976), Franz Ferdinand singer Alexander Kapranos (1972), "Harry Potter" actor David Thewlis (1963), "Thirteen" star Holly Hunter (1958), actress Theresa Russell (1957), film director Spike Lee (1957), Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer (1950), "Dune" star William Hurt (1950), Canadian hockey legend Bobby Orr (1948), "Guitar Man" Jerry Reed (1937), "Barney Miller" star Hal Linden (1931), children's television host Fred Rogers (1928; d. 2003), director Carl Reiner (1922), actor/bandleader Ozzie Nelson (1906; d. 1975), and Norweg...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 20

March 20th, 2006 3:03am EST
Spike Lee
Happy Birthday to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington (1976), Franz Ferdinand singer Alexander Kapranos (1972), supermodel Kathy Ireland (1963), "Harry Potter" actor David Thewlis (1963), "Thirteen" star Holly Hunter (1958), actress Theresa Russell (1957), film director Spike Lee (1957), Emerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer (1950), "Dune" star William Hurt (1950), Canadian hockey legend Bobby Orr (1948), "Guitar Man" Jerry Reed (1937), "Barney Miller" star Hal Linden (1931), children's television host Fred Rogers (1928; d. 2003), director Carl Reiner (1922), actor/bandleader Ozzie N...
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Grammy Awards Highlights & Memorable Quotes

February 9th, 2006 11:13am EST
Jay-Z collaborates with Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney brought the house down at the Grammy Awards last night when he bridged the generation gap by performing Beatles anthem “Yesterday” with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Jay-Z. Wearing a T-shirt featuring John Lennon, Jay-Z rapped over the tune as Benington and McCartney sang. The rap mogul ended the surprise collaboration by stating, "Sounds so beautiful, don't you agree."

Gorillaz made Grammy Awards history when they became the first animated group to open the prizegiving. The quirky group kicked off music's big night with their hit "Feel Good Inc.," and as the ...
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Motley Crue Announce New Years Show & 2006 Tour

November 14th, 2005 12:39pm EST
Motley Crue
Following the huge success of their 2005 "Carnival of Sins" tour, which included more than 100 arena dates in the U.S. alone, legendary rock icons Motley Crue announced the next leg of their North American "Carnival of Sins" tour, which will get underway in Columbus, GA, on February 10, 2006. In addition, the group will play a special performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit on New Year's Eve, Jan. 31.

"Carnival of Sins," one of Pollstar's Top Five-grossing tours of the year, drew record crowds around the world, with the group eventually playing before an estimated 1 milli...
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