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Korn’s Jonathan Davis on Chester Bennington: ‘I loved that kid’

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Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has paid tribute to Chester Bennington, saying in a new interview with Kerrang! that he “loved” the late Linkin Park singer. Davis explained, “I understand depression and everything (Bennington) was going through. It’s always the seemingly happy, sweetest ones that are hurting the most. It’s a terrible disease that can make things feel unbearable. When I found out what had happened, I didn’t even have the words.”

Davis added, “I loved his smile. I always looked forward to seeing him. If we were playing at a festival together, he’d make a point to come and find me, which I always appreciated. Chester’s was an amazing journey to watch. I loved that kid.”

Bennington died on July 20th after committing suicide at the age of 41. He had been open with the press and public about his struggles with depression, drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab twice around 2006.

Davis has been equally open about his own battles with depression and even said that the title of Korn’s last album, The Serenity Of Suffering, reflected that: “I feel like sometimes I’m in that place so much, I feel serenity when I’m there. That’s where I feel comfortable, when I’m down. And I think people who have ever battled depression and stuff like that, it’s not enjoyable, but that kind of feeling you can relate to.”

Davis was one of a number of artists who joined Linkin Park onstage to pay tribute to Bennington with an emotional three-hour show on October 27th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Jonathan Davis perform “One Step Closer” with Linkin Park at the October 27th tribute show:

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SIDE NOTES: Linkin Park has released an interview that the band filmed roughly two months before Chester Bennington took his own life, in which they discuss their non-profit work with charities. The band issued a statement accompanying the video about the new One More Light Fund, saying, “The One More Light Fund supports Chester‘s favorite Music for Relief program by bringing solar suitcases — solar electricity kits — to hospitals and health clinics without electricity. The fund will also shine a light on mental health; supporting individuals and families coping with mental and emotional struggles.”

Visit the One More Light site here and watch the video below:

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