I'm Listening: How Chester Bennington Made Skillet Want to Help

The Linkin Park frontman influenced the band’s song “Victorious”

September 4, 2019

The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington shook everyone, but it created a new conversation about depression and mental health. For Skillet it also sparked a hope to help those that are battling through these issues and show them that they are not alone.

“I was reading online about what caused this, what causes depression,” explains Skillet frontman John Cooper. “I never knew Chester. I always hoped that we would tour together. We never got the chance to, and I still feel really sad about that.”

Skillet will join other artists, athletes, and medical professionals for I’m Listening, an in-depth conversation about mental health and suicide prevention, this Sunday September 8 at 7 AM local time. All Entercom radio stations across the country will mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week with this special two-hour commercial-free broadcast dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.

In sorting out his own feelings about the loss of Bennington, Cooper and company were motivated to say something through their music, to honor him and attempt to help others. “I was using that as inspiration to write a song, which ended up being the title track which is called ‘Victorious,’” says Cooper in the preview clip above. “His death was for me, the reason I wanted to write a song about depression. Some people just don’t feel happy. They don’t feel right. They want to talk to somebody but they kinda might not want to talk to somebody. This is a song that I hope will help people reach out.”

“Victorious” is an anthem dedicated to the idea that you are not alone, and there is someone here to help. Prior to Sunday’s show, please SHARE YOUR STORY on how mental health or suicide has impacted your life. Select stories will be included in the broadcast.

Tune into I’m Listening this Sunday September 8 at 7 AM local time.

For more information on this year’s broadcast, visit ImListening.org.