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Rise Above Fest to honor Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington

Seether’s 5th Annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, which will be held this Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine will feature performers including Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm, Falling in Reverse, and more.

“Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking,” says Seether’s Shaun Morgan in regards to Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington taking his own life. “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. 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.”

Morgan, Rise Above Fest’s founder, was honored in 2016 with the “Artistic Expression” Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.

Fifteen years deep into an incredibly consistent and rewarding career, Seether continues to thrive, pushing their creative boundaries while remaining true to their fiercely loyal, worldwide fan base. Poison the Parish is Seether at their very best, a gripping and self-assured affirmation of a quintessential hard rock band in peak form.

In May, Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room following a Soundgarden performance. Cornell was found dead in his hotel bathroom with a device tied around his neck. He was 52. Eerily, 41 year old Bennington was found nearly the same way at his home in Los Angeles yesterday morning (July 20th) on what would’ve been Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Both men were good friends and had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse.

IN A CRISIS? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.