Ben­ning­ton's mic-break­ing voice

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton nearly broke a mi­cro­phone with his voice while record­ing 'One Step Closer'. Record pro­ducer Don Gil­more, who worked on Linkin Park's 2000 de­but al­bum 'Hy­brid The­ory', in­sists the front­man - who sadly took his own life last week aged 41 - was a "dream come true" to work along­side and has re­called a par­tic­u­larly pow­er­ful record­ing ses­sion with the late star. Speak­ing about work­ing on the US rock­ers' de­but sin­gle 'One Step Closer', he said: "He knocked the walls down in the lit­tle fort. When he sang it, he just lit­er­ally de­stroyed the whole thing and al­most broke the mi­cro­phone. He was just out of his mind. And the rest is his­tory. "For a record pro­ducer he was just a dream come true. He could go to that point that was, like, be­yond - it's just crazy how hard he could go with such pre­ci­sion. And even when he sings softly, the pre­ci­sion [was there]. So yeah, he was a su­per, spe­cial guy." Don ad­mit­ted Ch­ester - who leaves be­hind six chil­dren and wife Talinda used to reg­u­larly talk about his prob­lems but also laughed a lot and would have the whole crew in hys­ter­ics dur­ing record­ing ses­sions for the band's sec­ond stu­dio al­bum 'Me­te­ora'. He added to Bill­board: "The thing that is so dis­turb­ing about this - and granted, I haven't been in touch with him in a long time - he was a guy who maybe had a few prob­lems, but he would kind of talk about them. "'Oh, this and that. My wife is do­ing this. Oh, I've got to go do this.' Just nor­mal stuff that we all do. And he liked to laugh, he had an amaz­ing sense of hu­mor. "On 'Me­te­ora', he set up this lit­tle ProTools rig out in the lounge and he would write these lit­tle funny punk rock songs and record them and bring them in and play them for us. "But I mean, he just was a funny guy, it was awe­some. It's just, boy, such a sad, sad thing." Ch­ester's death was of­fi­cially ruled as sui­cide by hang­ing, the LA County Coro­ner's Of­fice con­firmed yes­ter­day.

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