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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 09: Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs onstage during Rock in Rio USA at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada; CHICAGO - AUGUST 05: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs an intimate Lollapalooza pre-show at The Vic Theatre on August 5, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

This weekend, the Rise Above Festival will take on new significance as it pays tribute to two of rock’s fallen voices.

Taking place July 22-23 in Bangor, Maine and benefiting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), festival founder and Seether frontman Shaun Morgan is dedicating this year’s festival to the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell.

In a statement, Morgan said the following:

“Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking.  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.”

In addition to Seether, the Rise Above Festival bill includes Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm and many more.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.