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ex-Orgy and Dead by Sunrise member Ryan Shuck talks about the influence of his close friend Chester Bennington

February 5, 2019

In an in-depth and personal conversation with Julien-K frontman Ryan Shuck, He talks about his close friend Chester Bennington and the influence he still has on him, even almost 2 years after his passing. "You don’t always take it in, and I can see in Chesters case when he left this earth, some of it came into me and that influenced.. heavily influenced Har-monic Disruptor, and that’s when I literally could exhibit every single range of writing and

vocal performance. All of these things that I used to have Chester just go “ No, you just stand like this, and you use your nose and you use your forehead, it’s not your chest” and he’d sing this note, and I’d just be like "yeah, I’m never doing that, that's ridiculous." It’s funny because we're playing songs that he performed on and sang on live for this new tour and he is in some of the practice material. I can sing all of it really easily and I remember hearing it in the beginning, and I remember him saying this was easy, it’s just like talking, and now Im doing it like talking. If there was ever a gift, he gave it to me. I recall performing with Jonathan at his memorial which was less than a year ago. What a great idea from Linkin Park to put us and Jonathan together, the first people that started this rad revolution in music which started with the song “Blind”. Us being together again and rocking it, and just going wow, you know we started it in the same room in Bakersfield California and we're here with Linkin Park in front of hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions world wide rocking it. These kinds of things help me break through my own wall. You know that's just the way i think, that's what I’m grateful for, and that's what people have done for me." He continues "He crosses my mind every day. It was every minute, Now it’s every day probably 20 times a day. I didn’t know you could wake up balling, crying, but I did that for months, and that was a horrible experience. He still haunts me a little bit in my dreams, and when I say haunts, I just mean he’s there and I can’t get to him. I can’t hug him, I can't touch him, and that’s usually when I wake up crying. That is a phenomenon I never experienced before in my life. Now I’m writing the album and Harmonic Destructor was going to be us going back to our roots, and all of this disruptive stuff that we did in Orgy, early Korn stuff and all D tuned guitars. Now it’s all that plus dealing with the death of Chester, and it takes on a whole new meaning, so he’s part of all of this. I think of him with every song. I’m going to be playing Dead By Sunrise in multiple shows as memorials for Chester this year, and I have a feeling that’s probably going to be my July for the rest of my life. That’s OK because I have to fight to keep his energy alive, and keep the mark that he left on the world alive and I’m willing to do that, I’m down!

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