Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich praised late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in an interview with Los Angeles radio station 95.5. KLOS on Monday morning (July 31), calling the late artist a “very kind, very unassuming and very gentle soul who had a really big heart.”
Ulrich also said he remembers being struck by the “unbelievable power” of Bennington’s voice after listening to the band’s debut album.
“He was one of those singers that has that rare gift where every word that comes out of him sounds authentic,” he said. “Everything that comes out of him sounds like he feels and means it.”
Bennington, who committed suicide on July 20 — what would have been his friend and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell‘s 53rd birthday — had previously toured with Metallica during their Summer Sanitarium tour in 2003.
“We had a lot of fun,” Ulrich said. “All those guys are great guys, and my heart goes out to all of them, and their families.”
Ulrich had previously tweeted about the singer’s death, saying he was “deeply saddened” by Bennington’s passing.
Gracious, kind & humble. A rare combination in Rock & Roll. Deeply saddened… pic.twitter.com/cVtNEzrjHD
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) July 20, 2017
“I think, more than anything, it just reaffirms — without sounding too cheesy — that we got to live each moment to the max,” the drummer said. “Just be in the moment. Every time we go out onstage, we try to take it all in. … Life is beautiful and we got to harness and maximize each moment to its fullest.”
Watch the full interview here: