Nelson's band opened for the Bennington-fronted Stone Temple Pilots back in 2015.
Marc Nelson is the bassist for the band DREAMERS, who opened for the Chester Bennington-fronted Stone Temple Pilots back in 2015. Below, Nelson remembers his experience on the road with Bennington, who died Thursday (July 20) at his estate in Palos Verdes.
I am in total shock. Chester Bennington may have very well changed the course of my career, and more importantly my outlook on staying humble and generous.
I met Chester during DREAMERS' first big tour. He was singing for Stone Temple Pilots at that time and we were opening for them. Chester and STP took us under their wing and that is NOT the norm. We were just starting out, really roughing it, sleeping in the van (which had to be replaced with a Volvo pulling a trailer when the van broke down), generally not living like "rock stars." Chester noticed this and did an incredible thing: He bought us hotel rooms out of pocket for the entire monthlong leg of that tour. This was the second day we joined up with them. He barely knew us. He (and the STP guys) continued to extend that kind of generosity throughout the tour. They'd invite us into their green rooms to meet their friends and family. It was a wonderful experience. They were showing us "the way."