Seether’s Rise Above Fest will pay tribute to Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell

Credit: Marina ChavezIn the wake of Chester Bennington‘s death Thursday, Seether‘s Rise Above Fest, which frontman Shaun Morgan founded to raise awareness of and funds for suicide prevention, will pay tribute to the Linkin Park frontman, as well as the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

Bennington’s death Thursday is being investigated as a suicide.  Cornell’s death in May was ruled as such.

“Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking,” says Morgan in a statement. “It’s exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend — to build awareness for this mental disease.”

“I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone,” he continues. “If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them.”

At Cornell’s funeral in May, Bennington sang Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.” He died on what would’ve been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

The Rise Above Fest will be held July 22-23 in Bangor, Maine, and will feature performances from Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Skillet, HELLYEAH, and Pop Evil, among others.

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