Disturbed frontman David Draiman paid tribute to Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, and Chester Bennington at a concert in New York at Madison Square Garden on Monday, calling them ‘casualties’ of a ‘war.’
“We’ve had far too many casualties in this war,” Draiman said.
He added, “I miss Chester. I miss Chris. I miss Scott.”
Chester Bennington, the frontman of Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots, died by suicide in July 2017. Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died by suicide in May 2017. Scott Weiland, the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, died from a drug overdose in December 2015.
Expo.NJ reports that Draiman said he was using mammoth platform to urge fans to seek help when needed and assist their family and friends: “drag them kicking and screaming to rehab if you have to.”
He asked the crowd of 15,000 onlookers to raise their hand if they or someone they knew had struggled with these diseases. Almost every hand went up, in somber contrast to the band’s titanic “Ten Thousand Fists” single played a few minutes earlier.
“See, you are not alone,” Draiman said. “We are in this war together.”
Phone numbers for national suicide prevention and addiction lifelines were then shown on screen.