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One of my favorite artworks I've purchased from all of the conventions I have been to. This is very close to the source material. #powerrangers #art #artwork #drawing #convention #painting #cons #artist #print #ranger
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Video: As mentioned in my previous post this was the last time I saw Chester Bennington. I am in the right bottom corner. Watch until the end and you can see that I didn't force my way to get his attention. Chester didn't skip me or forgot I was there. He touched my shoulder to acknowledge me and shook my hand like he knew me my all my life.

Chester Bennington played a role in my life by helping me become the man that I am today. He saved so many lives through his voice and lyrics. He always gave back to the unfortunate as well. He always did charity. He gave so much light to the dark parts of this world. He cared for so many of us that he never got to truly take care of himself.

Chester, you have saved so many lives and I am so sorry that we could not save you. I hope that you left this world on your own terms because you deserved so much more. His final message on social media was for a world to be a better place. Chester wants us to go out in the world and help others. Not just, say you will but actually do it. Everyone in this world is important. You are not alone. I am always here for my family and friends. We all go through problems in our lives and I would never judge anyone for what they have gone through. In the end, we are all people. No matter what you are going through there will always be someone there to help you get through it.

Chester Bennington you are now immortal and will forever live on through your music and our lives. There will never be another Chester Bennington. There will always be one and only. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace and we all will see you soon.

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Video: Chester points into my camera while I was in the front row.

My first Linkin Park concert was in Madison Square Garden in NYC when Pendulum opened up. I was blown away by Chester's performance. I have never seen anything like it. No one could match his power and energy. He can move the world with his voice. His vocal range and capacity could not he matched. His voice can do it all.

One time when they were in New Jersey, I met Chester backstage as an LP Underground member. He was so happy to see his fans. When he came up to me, he asked how I was doing. I responded with how much he meant to me especially when I was growing up. I really wanted to know how he was doing. I asked him genuinely and he had the biggest smile and said, “thanks for asking, I am doing great.” At that time, I felt like with the amount of people that he met on a daily basis throughout his career and life. Not enough asked him how he was doing but asked what he can do for them. No matter what he always loved and tried his best to please his fans more than himself.

The final time I saw Chester was when he was the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots during his break from Linkin Park while they working on new music. In reality, Chester never had a break. He worked nonstop. During the concert, I was front and center. Chester came up to the front row and started singing to everyone. There was a moment where he was singing towards me. I am usually calmer in concerts than most. I could not believe one of my heroes/idols were in front of me doing what he does best. While he was on our barricade, I really didn't do anything to force him to get his attention. I did not want to disturb his flow and rhythm. While everyone was going crazy and wanted to be noticed. Chester looked toward me as if he knew me personally. He touched my right shoulder and shook my hand without me having to force it or ask for it. Chester noticed me and cared enough to acknowledge me in front of so many people where he could have easily missed me. I will never forget that.
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Photo: First time meeting Chester Bennginton and the rest of Linkin Park.

It has been a rough couple of days. This is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life. The moment I heard about this I wanted it to be fake news. Multiple sources confirmed the death of Chester Bennington, lead vocalist for Linkin Park. It was so surreal and I couldn't believe it was happening. I did not want to accept it.

Linkin Park meant so much to me and was (and still is) a huge part of my life. I had a rough childhood and I lived in a very tough neighborhood. I was bullied nearly every day. Bones were broken and I received scars from all the times I was jumped and attacked. I had to take mental abuse on top of that because I wasn't a certain race or color. I was made fun of for speaking properly and not like the others in the neighborhood. I made a habit of being silent at a very early age because of it. I choose not to speak because I didn't want to be made fun or get jumped because they were insecure. They thought I was trying to make them sound stupid just by speaking correctly. I did not speak about this because I did not want to sound or appear weak and I knew that as long as I lived in that place it would never stop no matter what. I just took it every day until I was old enough to be on my own and move to a better place.

Through those dark times, Chester's lyrics and voice showed me that you could have your weaknesses and continue to be strong. When I was alone with my dark thoughts, his music saved me. He showed me the light when I was alone in the dark. Day by day, the darkness disappeared and there was nothing but light.

It's because of him and Linkin Park that I've become so passionate with music and lyrics. He is the reason I listen to all kinds of music. Chester and the rest of Linkin Park bridge the gap between all genres of music and made it into one. Their uniqueness can never be replicated.