Music News 7.24.17

Linkin Park Launch Tribute and Suicide Prevention Site to Honor Chester Bennington

In the wake of the tragic and unforeseen suicide by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington last week, his fellow bandmates have launched a suicide awareness and prevention site and a memoriam for the band’s late singer and songwriter. The top of the website hosts a number of resources for those seeking or know someone who may be seeking mental health support.

International media covering the website’s launch, including UK’s the Guardian, are including resources including websites and hotlines for their own regions and countries. The rest of the webpage features a social media live feed of those remembering, grieving, and paying tribute to Bennington, who over the course of Linkin Park’s 15+ year career, touched the lives of millions of commiserating fans who found inspiration and solace in Bennington’s ability and willingness to be open about the demons plaguing his mental health, a sentiment his bandmates affirmed in a lengthy message penned on their Facebook page just this morning, stating. “After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

90+ Hospitalized at Chance the Rapper Concert

More than 90 people were hospitalized at Hot 93.7’s HOT JAM festival in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday for “excessive drinking.” The concert, headlined by Chance the Rapper, was reported to have had about 21,000 in attendance. The Hartford police department reports that the concert’s crowd was made up primarily of teens and those in their early 20s, with blood-alcohol levels reaching as high as 0.5—eight times the legal driving limit. According the Hartford Courant Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz reported that due to the high volume of people needing medical attention, some had to be taken to hospitals outside of Hartford.

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