Linkin Park tribute concert to raise suicide awareness

Linkin Park tribute concert to raise suicide awareness

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PROVO — Utah musicians are coming together on Friday for a concert to help bring awareness to those who are struggling.

“We want to help people find meaning and purpose in life and create a better community that supports those who are in the depths of depression,” event coordinator Brendon Nielsen said in a press release.

The concert, billed the Linkin Park Suicide Awareness concert, will feature artists performing covers to various Linkin Park songs. All proceeds from the event will go to Empower, Slave to None, an organization dedicated to suicide awareness and helping people overcome addiction.

The recent death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington helped inspire the concert.

Both Nielsen and event coordinator Steele Saldutti have lost loved ones to suicide, so the event holds a personal connection for them.

"Opportunities like these are a way for me to step outside myself and offer my plea to stay, to those who may want to end their life prematurely," Nielson said in the statement. "By offering support and understanding, we may be the lifeline that helps someone get back on their feet and to their senses."

Local musicians include VanLadyLove, Foreign Figures, Chelsie Hightower, BDN and more.

Saldutti, who is also the bassist for VanLadyLove, said the "event is about coming together as a community for healing and raising awareness for an issue almost all of us have been affected by."

The concert will be held at the Velour Live Music Gallery, 135 N. University Ave in Provo. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets — available at — are $10.

Camilla Stimpson enjoys reporting on politics, crimes, and her own awkward moments on When not writing, she can be found watching '30 Rock' or 'The Office,' napping, planning trips she can't afford and googling dogs she can't have.

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