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Gerard Way On Chester Bennington: “His Band And Bringing Us On Tour…Changed My Life”

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 26 July 2017 at 13.33

"My memories of that period and meeting Linds again are tied into Chester and his band."



Gerard Way has spoken about the influence Chester Bennington had on his life, as well as about his DC Comics inprint Young Animal.

In a new interview, Gerard said that, "I was devastated to hear about Chester."

"He was actually at my wedding. Not a lot of people were there because we got married super quickly at the end of the tour when half the people had gone home. So there were literally only 30 or 40 people there, and he was one of them."

"His band and bringing us on tour, that changed my life. I met my wife. We have an amazing life now and a daughter."

"My memories of that period and meeting Linds [Way] again are tied into Chester and his band. It’s so sad."


"I think a lot about mental health and it’s something I’ve always wanted to address in Doom Patrol, so I definitely think we’ll see a lot more of that now."

"I’ve been through depression, dark times, and therapy. I can really apply that stuff to these characters."


Doom Patrol is a series published by Young Animal - here's a little more on that.

  
"I got the chance to do something I think I’m good at and that I enjoy a lot, which is curating and pulling elements together," said Gerard of the imprint.

"I feel like I was doing that a lot in [My Chemical Romance] at times, so it felt very natural to do that here."

"The first time [Jim Lee from DC Comics] sat down, I was actually talking about a Batman story, and he started sketching Batman and we’re backstage at Projekt Revolution, which was headlined by Linkin Park."

Chester passed away last week, aged 41. his bandmates paid tribute to him in an emotional statement, saying, "You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve," while messages and photos are pouring in from across the globe at a tribute site set up in his memory.

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