Hello fellow soldiers
I don´t usually post here, but I wanted to get this off my chest for some time now.
So first of all, I want to tell you about how I found out about Chester´s passing… My parents weren´t home, so my sister and me invited a few friends over and we had a little party. It was about 9pm when I saw the first tweet from LPLive, but didn´t think much about it, because there was no way it was true. When the first notifications from actual newspapers came in, I still didn´t believe it. When Mike tweeted - I broke into tears and all my friends seemed very confused. I showed them the tweet and they were all so concerned, because I´m probably the most hardcore LP fan in my area - and they knew that. The party turned from this point on into a LP Party and my friends let me pick every song until 4am!! even though they were not huge fans. In this night, my mom, my other sister and a few of my friends called me to check on me and my sister insisted to sleep on my couch because she was so worried.
I read a lot about people that couldn´t listen to Chesters voice for a long time. I think the only reason I was able to keep listening was this party, because I celebrated Chester the whole night and all the support from my family and friends gave me so much strength. After the Tribute show everything changed. I was so devastated seeing the guys on stage barely keeping it together. I was and still am struggling with depression but after the Tribute show, I was in a very dangerous condition. Thats when you guys come in. I read through all the forums here and on reddit and it was such a healing process. Seeing you guys showing each other the light in the darkest places really touched my heart. I was so scared to go to one of Mikes shows, but you guys gave me the strength to do it. I eventually ended up having a Meet and Greet with Mike and after the show I knew that I found a safe place again.
LP has the best, kindest and most beautiful community in the world. Thanks to each one of you that has shared his thoughts and struggles on here. Some people (like me) will probably never comment anything, but just reading what this community does for each other is just amazing.
and of course, thank you Chester I will always love you!