Chester Bennington Broke Down In Front Of Seattle Icon When Chris Cornell Died

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Heart singer Ann Wilson discussed seeing late Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington the day that Chris Cornell died in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“Someone came into my dressing room and said ‘Chester would like to talk to you’ – he was really upset,” Wilson remembers. She didn’t know the Linkin Park singer well. But Bennington might have known how much Wilson meant to Cornell, which would have been a comfort. The Soundgarden singer used to jam with the Heart sisters at their Seattle home in the Nineties. In 2013, Cornell inducted Heart into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And on the day he died, Wilson would honor the late singer by covering Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”

“This was just a couple of weeks before [Chester] decided to take himself,” Wilson says. “So I went in. He was really a mess. So anxious and sad and had to go onstage in a minute. I think that Chris’s departure hit [Chester] hard because he recognized the impulse. He had been hit by this news. There was a lot of fear there. I said to him, let’s just breathe here and look in each other’s eyes and go ‘we’re still here right now, let’s just do this.’ A couple of weeks later, he was gone.”

“They seemed to resemble each other,” Wilson says. “I think they knew each other and they had probably commiserated. I wouldn’t say one made the other happen, but Chris’s death obviously affected Chester deeply.”

Cornell died by suicide in May 2017 while Bennington died by suicide in July 2017.

You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

  • lima85

    Did he? How bout you stop milking these guys and move on to some real journalism!

    • makingconnections

      Oh God, you are so right–and I fall for it every time! So many don’t bother responding and that’s the only thing that will make him stop so I must quit being played all over again.
      Chris Cornell especially is being tortured and used in death.

      • lima85

        I like this site, but they really need to overhaul their writing tactics. And I speak form experience as the former senior writer for a UK website called: Rockworld.Ndirect.co.uk. We were the forerunners of what would eventually become Loudwire and Blabbermouth. We WERE the voice of Rock and Metal in the late 90s so I do know a thing or 2 about writing. Part of me wants to offer my services here and part of me feels they should sort it out on their own. Sadly these guys are too young to realise that they are just gossip-gobbing, and in the process doing the genres a dis service, dunno.

        • makingconnections

          That’s an impressive background..I think you should offer your services. I believe lots of young people have the right idea, but desperately need mentoring. I wish more of that took place. I come back because of friends I’ve made here but also I read the articles connected to musicians I like and sometimes they are relevant. There’s some reason we come back to it. I’ve been wondering if Brett is tired..his writing is scattered. Anyone could get tired when the are “chief cook and bottle washer” so to speak. Every now and then he has other writers but mostly it’s his show. Please, offer your services. He’s established a site that people know and it takes quite awhile to do that–it’s worth bothering with!

          • lima85

            I think yer right, he may be tired. I know it can be very time consuming doing this kinda thing (I assume w out pay) and trying to earn a living at the same time. I’ll have to wait to see what I may or may not do as I am ill at the moment and am also looking after an ill parent. We can’t seem to get a break w our health either. The 114 degree day we had yesterday didn’t help at all.

          • makingconnections

            Are you in South America? I hate to think of people living with that kind of heat. I hope your health improves and you can find some ways to restore yourself. Taking care of a loved one who is ill is like being punched in the gut. I’m frightened at this time over someone close to me showing some signs of serious illness. I can easily tell you, a stranger, that I’m frightened but would never let them know. That’s a positive thing about the internet!

          • lima85

            I am in Orange County, Ca. We were hit w a massive heat wave yesterday, so hot the water facets spat out hot water when you turned em on. Yeah I know what you mean about family getting ill. It’s something I have to deal w on a daily basis, thankfully this was just a bad flu but she’s almost 80 and it takes a lot out of her, recovery takes longer. I left England several years ago to come here and look after her, as much as I hate it here I’m not going anywhere for the time being.

          • makingconnections

            People in our North American culture don’t easily make sacrifices so good for you. You’ll always be glad you were there for her.

            I don’t really like the new community I’ve moved to and I’m trying to figure out what I’m meant to learn from it and how to cope and not swear at people when I feel like it!

        • Olga Stewart

          On a different topic: Is that Richard Burton in your icon?

          • lima85

            Yes, that is Richard Burton, great actor!

          • Olga Stewart

            Yes, he was a great actor. :).

            I especially enjoyed watching him play the role of Henry VIII.

        • Olga Stewart

          I really wish you and others who can write would take over the writing on this site. And then it would be a site that I actually would enjoy coming to.

          I now only come to this site to keep up with a few friends.

    • makingconnections

      I guess the recent articles–the repetitious articles quoting Vicky Cornell is an answer from Brett Buchanan. I’ll do whatever I want to do…take this!

      • Olga Stewart

        There is that one photo of Chris that I can’t ever look at (I think you know the one I mean).

        And yet Brett keeps posting it.

        It’s like he wants us to suffer all the more.

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  • Cristiann

    As much as I like Heart’s music, I’m getting kinda tired of hearing Ann talk about Chris. I’m beginning to feel like maybe she’s milking the deaths of other artists. Personally, I think that moment between her and Chester should’ve been kept private.

    I read The Rolling Stone interview and it really disappointed me when she said “Chris’ death affected me, but I wasn’t that surprised. He always had gallows humor …” I mean, seriously? A person (who had so much to live for and still had so much more to give) chooses to end their own life and you’re not that surprised?? And all because he had a dark sense of humor at times? Ugh. I’m sure Ann means well but … these comments (and the ones about being “happy that he’s free”) really bother me for some reason.

    That being said, though, I like her cover of “I am the Highway”. Ann still has a really amazing voice.

    • Olga Stewart

      I agree with you about all of this.

      Some things need to be kept private.

      Also, I (I’m only speaking for myself here) would like to try and focus on the good and positive things that Chris brought to this world. His life had meaning and purpose. And he deserves to be remembered for that.

      • Cristiann

        Same here. I want to remember Chris in a positive way. I want to hold onto the good stuff that he gave us.

        • Olga Stewart

          That is why I hang out on Youtube a fair bit.

          This way I can both listen to Chris’s music and remember how great a talent he was.

          • Cristiann

            I’m on YouTube a lot as well. I listen to Chris’ music quite regularly and I find it strangely comforting to rewatch old interviews with him.