Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Site is finally moved

Sunrise On Fire is finally and completely moved to another server! You can now reach us at, go over to see the latest updates on Dead By Sunrise!

And don't forget to vote for DBS on FuseTV!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

DBS to play KROQ's Almost Acoustic

As LPLive mentions it, DBS are going to be a part of this year's Almost Acoustic set, referring to a tweet from Chester.
Unfortunately, I can't find any official date but I will keep you informed on it! :)

Sorry, for the late updates. I'm busy with working on the new layout, it took its toll :(

Monday, November 02, 2009

Site News - Good ones, this time

So, now that our gallery is on another server, and available again, my computer works again, I started working on a new layout for Sunrise On Fire. Finally! I think I will finish it by next week. At least, I hope so...

And because someone was very curious about our new look (the color theme isn't very different from this one), I cut a part out of the new header to show you what you can expect from the upcoming layout. Here it is:

Let me know what you think! It's not much, I know but the best part I think... :)

Gallery is back

Maybe some of you have noticed it already that our gallery is back online again! Go and say thank you to Matt for helping us whenever we're in trouble. You rock, dude!

So, the link is the same. There are only some pictures missing, the ones we uploaded last week. And, as mentioned in the last post, everybody who registered to the gallery last week has to register again, I fear.

In case there are still any issues, problems, concerns, whatever else, just let us know.

Thanks for your support!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Technical problem with our gallery

Some of you might have noticed it already, our gallery is down again. This time, it's way more serious then the last time. Our host had to repair some servers and something went wrong. That's why you enter the gallery. Because everything is gone.

They promised to repair it this weekend, so we hope that we'll be able to upload everything again this weekend. So that you'll be able to enter the gallery on Monday again.
One thing just: All registrations that happened in the last few days are also gone. So you may have to register again.

We're very sorry for that!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ShockHound Interview

New interview with Chester on ShockHound! Check it out here. Thanks to Allison!

SHOCKHOUND: What's the most personal song on this album for you?

BENNINGTON: Every single one of them is pretty personal, but I think the most important one for me is "Give Me Your Name.” I wrote that one for my [new] wife. We danced to that song at our wedding. I didn't write the song with the idea that it would make the album. I actually wrote it to play at our wedding, but it turned out to be a great song. "In The Darkness" is another one that is very personal for me. It's not necessarily about anything personal, but it's my song about making love and how that feels. At the same time there are songs like "Condemned" and "My Suffering" which talk about my love affair with feeling like shit, so to speak. There's a weird juxtaposition between some of the songs. Some of them have more of a deep, emotional thing, and some of them are directly about specific things like relapse or learning not to repeat the mistakes of your past relationship in a future relationship. Then there are songs that I tried to mess with a little bit lyrically because they dealt with the God and my personal feeling about God. Those were "Fire" and "Too Late". Some people kind of get squirmish when you're dealing with that subject matter, so I changed it up a little bit lyrically to make it more about a relationship between two people rather than a relationship between myself and my God.

New HQ Pictures

I am done. I did it... finally. I added some more new pictures to our gallery.

You can find some new HQ's in the section of the Ulalume Festival.
Special thanks to Joy Noyes for giving us the okay to post them here :)
You can also check out Joy's homepage here. She's pretty talented.

As well as some new pics from New York ;)
I want to thank digenger for letting us post the pics :)

Wanna see Dead by Sunrise live?

Heres your chance.
CBO said that the guys will play at How The Edge Stole Christmas in Grand Prairie, TX on December 3rd. Other than Dead by Sunrise you can see Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Flyleaf, Sick Puppies and Janus. For more information, click here.

You can get tickets here, they go on sale this friday October 30th.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Several more updates around Dead by Sunrise

I just found this two new "Out of Ashes" Promopictures. If you want to see them in fullsize, just check out our gallery by clicking on the picture ;) Thanks to PFF

Just got this picture from my beloved friend Allison, she won a signed copy of "Out of Ashes" at the LPStreetteam contest. Awesome. If you have any Fan Pictures as well, just send them in to

There are more pictures in our gallery, make sure to check them out ;)

Roxy, 10/19/2009
Chester + Julien-K
Ulalum Festival

Huge thank you to Chester-land and JoeyDC ;)

We also got te information that the next single from Dead by Sunrise will stream the german Radio's this friday, 30th october. When the video for "Let down" will be out is not out yes. As well Dead by Sunrise announced concerts in Germany in January, but no details so far.

"Let down" at Ulalume Festival

Dead By Sunrise perform “Let Down” live from the Ulalume Festival.

More interviews with Dead by Sunrise

Live Daily! Found this interview with Chester on LiveDaily. And also got the link from my great friend luvnLP, thank you love.

In 2005, while writing songs for Linkin Park 's album "Minutes to Midnight," lead singer Chester Bennington began penning tunes that were outside the realm of what the multi-platinum, two-time Grammy-winning band hoped to accomplish.

That laid the groundwork for Dead by Sunrise , Bennington's new project, whose debut, "Out of Ashes," hit stores Oct. 13. The set's first single, "Crawl Back In," was one of the most-added tracks at rock radio for four weeks spread across late August and early September.

Dead by Sunrise--Bennington on vocals, guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh (from Orgy/Julien-K), bassist Brandon Belsky, drummer Elias Anda (also from Julien-K), and keyboardist Anthony Valcic--performed last week at MTV's first annual "Ulalume" Halloween festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, alongside Paramore, AFI and Kid Cudi. Their performance will air during a Halloween-themed week on MTV,, mtvU, and

Bennington spoke to LiveDaily via telephone from Beverly Hills, CA, about the timing surrounding the Dead by Sunrise album, the band's plans for a tour and the new Linkin Park album.

Why was now the time for Dead by Sunrise?

Interesting question. Now's a good time because I have time to do it. Starting a new band wasn't really something I planned on doing. The music is just kind of a little outside the spectrum of Linkin Park. So the songs kind of told me to do something different with them. In doing so, I have to work around Linkin Park's schedule. We started writing songs in summer of 2005. Then we worked for a few months, got a lot of the record done and then I stopped working on the record to go make [Linkin Park's] "Minutes to Midnight." We toured "Minutes to Midnight;" that sucked up three years. Now that that's over, we went back in the studio last year, finished making the record with Howard Benson, now we're putting it out. Linkin Park is in the studio working on our new record. If there's gonna be a time to do it with this record, this is the time. So I made it happen.

Were you writing songs specifically for Dead by Sunrise, or did you find you were writing songs that were not very appropriate for Linkin Park?

I wouldn't say they weren't appropriate. The guy in the last interview actually made a good point. He was like, "The Beatles made music all the time"--I'm not comparing us to The Beatles--"that was totally different than what they made in the past. It didn't really matter what style it was. They just made their records." I think that that's the case for us now in Linkin Park.

If I had started bringing these songs in the band now, they may have fit better into the idea of what we're doing in Linkin Park. At the time, close to four years ago, we weren't really in that frame of mind. We were still juggling the idea that we had to make hip-hop metal. When you write a Spanish-influenced song in 6/8 time with a little bit of swing and swagger, it doesn't really fit in the hip-hop realm with metal.

Once we got past that, we got over ourselves, and we were told by somebody we respect in Rick Rubin, that if you like the music and you think it's great, then you should be able to put it on your album. That opened our minds a lot in Linkin Park. The timing of this album was [that it] just happened at the time when it wasn't quite into the realm of what Linkin Park was ready to do. That's just the reason it worked out the way it has.

Do you plan on touring with Dead by Sunrise?

Yeah, we like to tour as much as we can. It's gonna be more difficult to tour with Dead by Sunrise than with Linkin Park, simply because Linkin Park is No. 1 and they take the highest priority. So if I need to go in the studio or if I need to go tour with Linkin Park, that's going to stop whatever Dead by Sunrise is doing. But I'm confident that we'll be able to do plenty of shows to go around and play as much as we can for people who are fans of Dead by Sunrise.

How did you come up with the title 'Out of Ashes'?

It just kind of seemed to fit how I feel about where I am today. There are times in people's lives where you have to go through and clean house. I feel like I've gone through one of those periods of time, coming out of the ashes, so to speak.

What was it like to work with Howard Benson?

Howard is actually a very cool guy, really fun to be around. He's smart. He's a noble kind of guy. It was really cool. He was very focused on the vocals and making the vocals pop on this album. So, he was cool. The guys I'm working with in Dead by Sunrise are all talented musicians and very talented in the studio, in terms of being engineers and producers. So when it came to record music, [Benson] was kind of like, "You guys do your thing. I trust you." So Howard and I spent most of the time working together, while the other guys worked in the studio on their own. It was kind of cool to have that freedom.

What do you think he brought out in the band?

Well, producers always come in and tell you whether they think a song is decent or not. A good producer will maybe push you to maybe change melodies or write better lyrics. Maybe there could be a better post-chorus musically. There's got to be some kind of build or dynamic in the music. That's what good producers do. When they come in and help bring a song to a life they didn't have before. That's what good producers do.

How long have you known the guys in Dead by Sunrise?

I've known Ryan and Amir for probably 10 years now, maybe more. We've been good friends for a really long time. They started a band called Julien-K. I met Brandon probably five or six years ago. It's very cool to be in a band with them. We get to hang out and make music together.

How's Linkin Park's next album coming along?

I always get kind of nervous answering questions like that. It's truly my opinion, but ... I am the luckiest motherf----r to be in this band. That's all I have to say. Just curiously, crazy good songs in the studio right now. It's kind of crazy. There's some magic happening in there. Something's happening with us and it's good.

There's also a great interview with Dead by Sunrise up at MTV.

"It's kind of funny, because I wrote a song, and I was positive it was a Dead by Sunrise song, and I was in the studio playing it, and [LP guitarist] Brad [Delson] goes, 'You are putting that down right now!' " he said. "And I was like, 'Well, apparently that's a Linkin Park song.' The song is called called 'F---ing Awesome,' by the way."MORE...

The Gallery is back

Hey guys!
The moving from our gallery is down and we're glad to let you know that you can check it out again.
I added some cool new pictures so make sure you stop by ;)

New Epicenter Pictures
Chester @ Rocksound - got them from Chester-land
"We need to talk" interview screenshots - Huge thank you to Chester-land
Dead by Sunrise at Jimmy Kimmel - Thanks to LPUnderground

There will be more as soon as I am able to upload again :( Hopefully soon...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Beverly Hills Royalty Monster Halloween Bash

DBS are going to play at the Beverly Hills Royalty Monster Halloween Bash on 29th October. The event will take place at the club "My House" in Hollywood.
Here's an excerpt of press release:

Party like a rockstar with celebrity clientele guests -- Dead by Sunrise, Korn, Slash, Limp Bizkit, POD, Crazytown, Vanilla Ice, Carmen Electra, Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Nick Canon, Ray J, Pitbull, Lil Kim, Lil Jon, Perez Hilton, Brody Jenner, Zac Levi, David Spade,Tom Green, Dennis Rodman, Chuck Liddell, Aubery O'Day, Laura Prepon, Tila Tequila, Wilmer Valderrama, Scott Caan and Simon Rex, just to name a few. Read full press release

Source: LPTimes

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dead by Sunrise @ Jimmy Kimmel

Amir posted a link to a video of the band performing "Crawl back in" at Jimmy Kimmel, earlier this week. So if you have any videos of this gig, just let us know via mail at

I'll add some pictures later on ;)

Review Epicenter

We found this old review from the Epicenter Show at Best Music Live

Pomona, CA - The Fairplex was the scene of some great hard rock this afternoon. Begining with Street Sweeper Social Club, Tom Morello and Boots Riley kicked it off like only they can. Also happy to report they are some of the coolest and most down to earth guys you will meet as was the case in the media room. Did anyone happen to notice that Tom played a small roll in the first Iron Man movie? Whip out your blu-ray and watch the scenes when Tony Stark ( Robert Downey Jr) was held prisoner. There were 2 stages, the Monster Energy Stage, which hosted the following bands, After Midnight Project, Sonny, Paper Tongues, Aesop Rock, and Atmosphere and the Main Stage that hosted Street Sweeper Social Club, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Wolfmother, Alice In Chains, Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise (brief 3 song set) and Tool. The "fire pit" during Tool's set was interesting because apparently moshing while lighting your clothes on fire is really the only way to do it. That is of course if you are looking for 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Have not heard if anyone got hurt, no news is good news right? Real men of genius out there.

Setlist from the Roxy gig + new Interviews with Chester

Lplive posted the Setlist of the Roxy Gig as well as some informations.

West Hollywood, California
The Roxy Theatre
19th October 2009

01. Crawl Back In
02. Condemned
03. The Morning After
04. Fire
05. Let Down
06. Walking In Circles
07. Too Late
08. The End Of The World
09. My Suffering
10. Inside Of Me
11. 20 Eyes (The Misfits cover)

Show Notes:
- Chester started to sing too early on 'Crawl Back In', but corrected himself.
- Chester announced during the show that fans who sent him a "tweet" on Twitter would get free tickets to the Jimmy Kimmel performance a few days later.

Other Notes:
- This was the first Dead By Sunrise show with an official LPU Meet & Greet.
- All other five members of Linkin Park were present in the crowd.

LPTimes added two new Interviews with Chester, one with USA Weekend and one with AfroJacks

From classic rockers such as Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton to Jack White and Dave Grohl today, musicians have long had side projects in addition to their usual bands. The latest to moonlight with another group is Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who teamed with members of Orgy and Julien-K to form Dead By Sunrise. The new band issued its debut album, Out of Ashes, this week, and our Brian Truitt says the songs — some of which deal with Bennington’s own struggles with divorce as well as drug and alcohol addiction — are darker, more dynamic and less hip-hop-influenced than Linkin Park’s. Brian talked with Bennington, 33, right after a sound check on Wednesday, so read below for their conversation and check out a music video for the new single, Crawl Back In.

Is it neat to have another debut album come out? Most musicians only get one.
It is pretty awesome. This one was as nerve-wracking as when [Linkin Park’s debut] Hybrid Theory came out. It is really cool to not know what’s going to happen.

Do you wonder how Linkin Park fans will embrace these new songs, especially since they’re so personal?
All around, stepping outside of something as big as Linkin Park, one thing is that expectations are really high. When you do something different, a lot of people wonder why or is it going to be good. In terms of the lyrics, the fact that I’m not lying about what the songs are about in press and being really open to what they’re about, that freaks me out a little more than anything else. To be open and honest about things, to put your whole dysfunction out there so people can see how raw you really are, that’s something I really didn’t think through so much. And 200 interviews later, this is what everybody’s focusing on.

Because your voice is so distinctive, is there a worry that someone not in the know may think these are a bunch of new Linkin Park songs?
Yeah, it is, actually. I know my voice has a very distinct sound and when I sing, I sound like myself, no matter what. That’s why I really wanted to make sure that I didn’t change too much from the original versions of the songs in terms of style. These songs are grungy, and some of them are kinda punky and pretty straightforward in terms of the rock element. That’s the thing that gives DBS our unique quality that’s different from Orgy and Linkin Park. In doing so, naturally my vocal style lends itself to the style of the song, so even though I sound like myself, it also sounds like I’m singing a little differently. You put all that together, and it equals a record that doesn’t sound like Linkin Park.

When you were younger, you grew up on Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots. Did you go back and listen to those kinds of bands when you were figuring out what kind of sound you wanted to create?
No. I actually don’t listen to much music at all when I’m writing. I tend to write songs that sound like what I’m listening to. That in itself turns me off and bothers me. Usually when I’m writing, which is all the time, I don’t really listen to too much music from other people, and the style of stuff I like is so different from the style of stuff that I actually write that typically I don’t have to worry. I’m not going to write a song like the Metrics, I don’t sound like Phoenix, not too much of my stuff sounds like Depeche Mode. But a lot of my stuff is grungy, so anything that lands in the grunge era, yeah, you could probably make a connection to. But that’s the stuff I like to write and the stuff I listen to the most.

It seems a lot more musicians these days have side projects — for example, your own Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda has Fort Minor, and Jack White is in three bands at the same time. Being on the frontlines, do you have any insight? Is it cool to have side projects?
I don’t if it’s cooler – I just think maybe bands are more comfortable with themselves. I know for me, if I felt anyone in Linkin Park were at all not happy with me doing this, I wouldn’t do it. I would have found a place for the songs somewhere eventually, and maybe not doing a completely whole other band. The Foo Fighters probably don’t have to worry about not being the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl goes around and plays with Queens of the Stone Age and he’s now doing something with John Paul Jones and Josh Homme, but they know he’s going to come back and do another Foo Fighters record. And it’s kind of his band, too. [Laughs] Jack White can do whatever he wants because he’s going to make another White Stripes record, he’s gonna do more Raconteurs. A lot of bands are doing it because they maybe are communicating better within the group, or maybe they just don’t give a [fudge].

You have four kids, the oldest of whom are 12 and 13. Did you try out the new album on them to see what they thought?
Family’s tricky because they’re always going to tell you that they like it. But sometimes kids can be extremely honest. My wife is a really good gauge of honesty, too — she’ll tell me if she doesn’t like something.

In the next year, you’re planning to tour with Dead By Sunrise and finish a new Linkin Park record. Do you thrive on that kind of busy schedule or do you steel yourself to not being home for a while?
Even though I am pretty busy, I feel like I do make sure that I spend enough time at home – well, I guess it’s relative. I try to spend as much time as I can with my family. Whether my kids feel like I’m at home enough, that’s for them to say. But at the same time, they’re the most important thing in the world to me and I definitely do not want to take away from that too much. I’m at home as much as I’m gone.

The Fro got 4 questions in with ex-Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and his new band Dead By Sunrise.

Dead By Sunrise is Bennington, Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh, formerly of Orgy and current Julien-K members, Brandon Belsky, Elias Andra, and Anthony "FU" Valcic. "It was just me writing the lyrics this time around, so I was very straight to the point, very forward, and very personal with the lyrics for this record," Bennington says of his first endeavor outside Linkin Park. "I got to the point where I thought, 'Okay, it's time to be real.'"

The album Out of Ashes is out today.

FROMAN: Dead by Sunrise has more of a metal feel to it than Linkin Park, is this a sound you are looking to pursue?
DEAD BY SUNRISE (CHESTER): I wouldn't say it's metal so much...I think it has more of a grungy sound to it, but there are metal elements to the record, and that's a style we also like.

FROMAN: Everyone has a couple guilty pleasure songs mine is Boz Scaggs- Lido Shuffle, I love that dumb ass song. What's your favorite guilty pleasure band/song?
CHESTER: You Spin Me Right 'Round – Dead Or Alive

FROMAN: If you were to go to the P section in the artist list on your ipod, what would the first artist that comes up?

FROMAN: Out of all the years of being a musician what was your favorite year?
CHESTER: This one by far.

Several Updates around Dead by Sunrise

I found serval updates at our beloved Partnersite Chester-land, and I want so share them with you too :)

We start with a review from the show at the Roxy.
"Condemned" gave Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh the space to cut through gnashing choruses with a direct distortion assault. Their grungey and guttural playing perfectly contrasts with Bennington's croon. Before "Fire," Chester let out a big smile, "Welcome to our very first show in Los Angeles! What a fuckin' beautiful moment to share." "Fuckin' beautiful" is the only way to adequately describe the ethereal echo pulsating through "Fire." It shows just how diverse Dead By Sunrise can get, and it also sparked a big sing-a-long. MORE
I will also add some pictures to our gallery later on :)

There will be some screenshots from the "We need to talk" interviews with Ryan and Chester in our gallery as well as Chester-land posted another great interview with Chester from Rocksound.
I will add Screenshot of this too ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Loveline Interview Download/"We need to talk"

You can now download the Loveline "interview" with DBS, the first part is missing. So if anybody out there has this part, let us know!
Thanks to Julien-K Germany for their post! ;)

And there a three videos, showing Chester and Ryan. They have to answer a few spontaneous questions, it's very funny. :D

Source: Julien-K Germany

New LPTV episode

There's a new LPTV episode, very funny I think. It shows the band rehearsing for the Las Vegas show, as well as a part of the show.

You can either watch it here, if the widget doesn't work for you try it on youtube :)

Sorry for the "late" update and that there are still no changes to the site but my PC broke down on Sunday, repairing it took about two days so I couldn't work on anything (and anything else is gone, btw). So, sorry for that!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Site Update

The last stories are added and you can read them here. You should really read them, they're great! And because of that, I want to thank everyone who sent us their story, it was a nice experience to read all your thoughts and feelings about the release. Thanks for sharing!

The other thing, I want to announce is that we're moving to another server, finally! I'm not just saying it, it's true (since we've been telling it for days now...). Perhaps, you won't be able to visit our gallery but I promise that it'll be back up soon. I hope we're done by wednesday. Back with a new look, our gallery and a message board. And maybe some contests... we'll see.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Las Vegas

New pictures from the Las Vegas gig, found them at LPTimes.

New Interview with Chester at Herald Sun

Herald Sun has a new interview with Chester about Dead by Sunrise.

Linkin Park's singer delves into the depths of his depravity with a side band, but Chester Bennington's finding things are very different when he's the one in charge.

Chester Bennington has a taste of power and it's making him nervous.

The Linkin Park singer has taken temporary leave from his multi-platinum safe haven to try his luck leading his own band, Dead By Sunrise.

And he's finding things are different when you're in charge.

"In Linkin Park I have a role I play - I come in, I hear music, I can say whether I like something or not, but I leave it up to the guys who play the instruments to do their thing and work through the motions of writing the music," Bennington says.

"Then, once they get something really dope, I do my job - I write some lyrics, I make melodies.

"In Dead By Sunrise, I'm really playing more of an all-round bandleader position, where I'm writing the songs, I'm dictating a lot of the style, but I'm letting everybody insert their opinions or give their feedback or do things the way they might think is cool. So it's really different for me to have my fingers in everybody's soup, so to speak."

But the position of bandleader doesn't sit all that easily with him.

"It makes me kinda nervous. If this doesn't do well, it's because my songs aren't good, because these are the songs I brought in. That's reality," he says.

"So that's a little frightening, to think that's a possibility. But I really feel like we've made a good record and so far the people who have heard it like it. Unless everybody's blowing smoke up my ass, which I hope they aren't."

Dead By Sunrise (or DBS as Bennington is already calling it, just as he calls his other band LP), has been a long time coming.

Bennington began working on a solo project in Linkin Park downtime in 2005.

By the time he was promoting that band's most recent album, 2007's Minutes to Midnight, Dead By Sunrise had a name and had become a band - the two integral cogs of which are former Orgy members Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh.

But it's taken until now to get Dead By Sunrise's album, Out of Ashes, out of the studio and out of storage.

"It feels like we've been working on this thing forever," Bennington says with just a little understatement.

Though there's no chance of hearing the band and not recognising it as the work of "that Linkin Park guy", it has its differences.

It's a far more straight-up rock proposition for a start. And though Bennington's lyrics in Linkin Park often need to tell a story in tandem with what the band's MC Mike Shinoda is writing about, in Dead By Sunrise Bennington was free to shovel his own dirt.

"People will get a little bit more of a personal glimpse into my life and maybe see the kind of songwriter I am," he says.

It's not about being honest for the first time - he's always done that.

"I've always been pretty up front, especially lyrically, with my music. I think that's the one real similarity between LP and Dead By Sunrise."

On this album, Bennington is a cathartic kind of songwriter. The band's name and the album's title refer to his descent into, and his eventual rise out of, a period in which he was doing - as he puts it in PC terms - a lot of partying.

He was self-destructing, he was addicted to booze and various other substances, and his first marriage was falling apart (he divorced in 2005).

"I've seen the devil in a smile, I've found salvation in a vial, my happy ending exists only in my dreams," Bennington sings on My Suffering.

"When I was going through it, I was actually trying to hide it - at least in my mind I was trying to hide it. I don't know if I did a very good job of hiding it," he says. "But I didn't want everyone to know how bad I'd really gotten. So a lot of the more revealing stuff was written afterwards, looking back, like 'OK, I'm cool with this now, I can handle being more open about my experiences over the past couple of years'.

"So that was really freeing for me. It was really interesting to look back and have that kind of perspective."

But some of the songs were written he says "while I was going through all the craziness . . . stuff that had nothing to do with that downfall, the downward spiral kind of thing".

Nowadays, of course, Bennington is happily remarried with a "litter of children".

The four kids in his house not so long ago became five - "One of my nieces moved in with us, which is pretty cool. So I guess I did acquire a 14-year-old girl somewhere along the line . . ."

It makes one wonder what his wife, Talinda, makes of all the darkness on Out of Ashes.

"At first it might have been a little disarming," Bennington says of his wife's reaction. "Like, 'Do you really want everybody to know all this stuff?'

"Honestly, what do I really have to hide?

If I can't be honest about what I'm experiencing and about my life, then what am I going to write about? Make up stuff?

If you do it tastefully and you do it in a way that's not like pornographic, if it doesn't come across as being dirty and kind of creepy, then I think that's OK."

But was it ever coming across as being dirty or creepy?

"No," Bennington says with a laugh. "I'm totally 100 per cent pure, never done anything wrong or weird in my life."

Though tearing out his heart in his Dead By Sunrise songs unburdened him, Bennington says it wasn't what saved him.

"The biggest epiphany for me during this period was realising how much value I had put into the stuff I had. That was the hardest part for me, discovering I had actually associated my success with the things I had accumulated, like money and cars and houses, things like that.

"When that's all gone, when that all disappeared, I kinda felt like maybe I was no longer successful, and I felt like a failure. And that was really tough to feel that way.

"That was really the beginning of the cascading downfall of my mental state for a little while. Then I got my s--- together and pulled myself out of it, with the help of my friends and my family and my beautiful wife."

These days, Bennington counts success as just living. "Success is if you can make it through life - you've figured something out, you know what I mean?" he says with a laugh.

"I'm still doing what I love to do, I get to be with my family as much as I want to be, I get to work whenever I feel like working, and I get to stop working when I'm over it.

"I don't have to get up and go to a job I hate every day, like a lot of people have to do to pay the bills. So I'm totally fine with that."

His other job, Linkin Park, is still simmering away in the background.

They've already been writing for a follow up to Minutes to Midnight, and their singer is more than positive about its direction. "We're always trying to do something that's different from what we've done before, and now we finally have the balls to do it," Bennington says.

"We're in a place where we're writing a lot and a lot of it's really good."

But it's unclear when any of that new Linkin Park music will emerge and Bennington will have to put Dead By Sunrise on the shelf.

"Get back to me in a year and I'll let you know how this is all working out," he says.

"I'm just starting to put all this stuff together and figure out how I can work on Linkin Park and tour with Dead By Sunrise and manage to be home enough to spend time with my kids so they don't feel like I'm a big jerk who always leaves the house."

His Linkin Park mate Shinoda at least has some wisdom to pass on, having been through this side-project thing himself with his hip hop-flavoured Fort Minor album The Rising Tied in 2005 (while Bennington was using the downtime to, ahem, party).

It wasn't a bad album, but it didn't do big business. So Shinoda has helped Bennington temper any grand expectations.

"He's given me a lot of good advice," Bennington says. "Don't go out there expecting to be treated like you're Linkin Park, which I think a lot of the guys in the band may assume - 'We're gonna go out there and have another project and it's gonna be HUGE!'

"I appreciate that. Mike is one of the coolest people I've ever known. He's one of my best friends. I love him to death, he's an amazing guy, super-talented, so anything he tells me, I pretty much listen to."

So what are Bennington's expectations for Dead By Sunrise?

"It just became this thing that is something pretty special for me. So all I really care about is that people, when they get the album, that they like the album from beginning to end," he says.

Dead By Sunrise Listening Parties in the UK

There will be a number of Dead By Sunrise listening parties throughout the UK this weekend! Fans will be able to listen to the album, and also have the chance to win some DBS shirts! Times and locations are below:

Friday, Oct 16 - Sheffield, Drop @ The Corporation (from 9.30pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Newcastle, Legends (from 9.00pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - London, Chinese Karaoke Bar St Moritz (from 10.00pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Birmingham, The Academy (from 9.30pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Nottingham, Rock City (from 9.00pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Manchester, Jilly’s (from 9.00pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Liverpool, Krazy House (from 9.00pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Glasgow, The Cathouse (from 10.30pm)
Saturday, Oct 17 - Glasgow, Voodoo @ The Cathouse (from 5.00pm) - Under 18’s

If you can’t make it out to one of these events, UK fans can still pick up some Dead By Sunrise merch HERE!

And I also added screencaps of the Letterman gig, you can find them here!

Out of Ashes Release Day

We posted this little video from Chester right before their gig at the Letterman show.
I just wanted to let you know that I added some nice screencaps of it on the Sun(rise) on Fire gallery, thank you very much for making them to Chester-land.

If you watch the video closely you can sneak into his shirt and look at his new Tattoo ;)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Upcoming LPlive Interview/Winkin Park Update

There's going to be another interview by LPLive! They're planning on doing an interview with the art director of OOA's art work. And they are asking you to post your questions! :D
To do that, I think you have to register to their message board which I think is worth it (thinking of what a great site LPLive is).

I promised to keep you up-to-date about Winkin Park. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here a quick explanation:
Winkin Park is a Linkin Park Wikipedia done by fans and it only contains stuff about Linkin Park and LP-related things. Everyone can help by writing articles, correcting them or adding facts.
We're in contact with the owner of the LPWikipedia, so he informed us about changes to the site. The latest change is the English version of Winkin Park. And therefore, he needs contributors. If you're interested, you can either contact the webmaster or tell us (by commenting) that you want to help him out and we'll let him know about it.

Beautiful Scans of Sonic Seducer Magazine

Sandra from our partner site made some nice scans of the article on DBS in the latest issue of a german music magazine called Sonic Seducer. There's this article in that issue and a (kind of weird and ugly) poster of Chester. Don't get me wrong, the picture is nice but the background is weird. ;) And DBS is on the cover of the magazine. Go and get it if you're able to, it's out now!

Here are the scans; all credit goes to Sandra! ;)

I will post a translation later ;)

Source: Rob and Chester Fansite

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

At Music for Relief with Team Shinoda and Team Phoenix

As you know we're also supporting Music for Relief so I want to post this cute message from Mike Shinoda and Phoenix.

Someone else who's "working" for Music for Relief is Mike's wife Anna... so I'll post her last Journal entry here too.

I just spent another awesome Saturday morning planting trees with TreePeople: an environmental nonprofit organization here in Los Angeles. I love gardening and occasionally volunteering with TreePeople gives me a great opportunity to get my hands dirty while adding some much needed trees all over Los Angeles County. This morning we planted 35 trees in a park in Sun Valley. The trees were planted near an field area that is used for sports. Although small now (around 6 feet tall, with skinny trunks and boney sticks as branches) eventually they will be towering with thick, leafy canopies! I love to imagine how children and adults will enjoy the shade and beauty that these trees will bring to their park.

Next Saturday, October 17th, from 9am- 1pm, Music for Relief will be teaming up with TreePeople to reforest an area of Sylmar that was devastated by the 2008 wildfires. If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to come plant with Music for Relief, register online at

Dead by Sunrise @ Letterman

We already posted that has some awesome pictures from the guys at Letterman and now I want to post you the performance, so here you go :)

We also got some great pictures from the Las Vegas show from Melissa, thank you again, girl ;)

I also got another interview from Ryanne where Chester talked about "Out of Ashes"
Im posting it here without any further words.
Found it at 102.1 the Edge.

The debut album from Dead By Sunrise, called Out Of Ashes, features some of the most personal lyrics ever written by singer Chester Bennington. A number of the songs were inspired by Bennington's struggles with his own psychological demons as well as drugs and alcohol. Bennington told us that his addiction to alcohol reached its peak after a divorce from his first wife left him emotionally and financially drained: "I lived on alcohol. It was either beer, or Jack and Coke, or Jack Daniels in a pint glass with ice. And then it got to the point where my wife said to me about seven months after we got together, she goes, 'I don't think there's been a day since I've known you that you haven't drank.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? That's crazy' -- as I'm drinking a Jack and Coke. That was where my life went."

Bennington told us that during the divorce proceedings, he went from living in a mansion to a 700-square-foot apartment, and that all his money was wiped out.

Out Of Ashes was released on Tuesday (October 13th) and features the single "Crawl Back In."

Dead By Sunrise will play at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Wednesday night (October 14th), and the Roxy in Los Angeles on October 19th.

Letterman/Show update/Review

The band was at last night's Letterman Show. There are some great pictures of it over at, and there's a video of Chester getting ready for the performance on the band's Facebook. You can download the video on LPTimes.

DBS will play at the Holiday Havoc 2009 on Dec 12. Get your tickets here to see them play at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas (pre-sale starts on Oct, 15 at 10 am).

Also, there's a pretty nice review by Jas on her site, LPTimes. It's an honest and great review, I recommend you to read it ;)

Another info on this site:
There'd be some difficulties browsing through this site and the gallery in the next couple of days. The server on which our gallery is hosted on currently, has problems, so we'll move this site to another one. Hopefully, we're done with it by next week, including a new look for Sunrise On Fire ;)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Interview with Chester at Aquarian

Sandra from R&CFansi posted this interview with Chester at Aquarian.

The record is so well rounded; you really get something new from it with each listen. The sense of darkness and deep disappear is immediately striking, but there’s also the pure rock elements, the anger, a few great love songs, and acceptance. What contributed to that, were the songs written over a long stretch of time and so you had all these emotions to draw from?

The record was written over a long period of time, because when we started the record it was late 2005 or mid-2005, so I started writing it then and we worked till end of the year. Then I started working on Minutes To Midnight. So I took the next three years off basically from working on the record [Out Of Ashes]. After that, I started picking it back up again after we finished touring for Minutes To Midnight.

I had a bunch of new songs, I wrote other new songs in the process of recording with Howard Benson. So there are phases of writing in different periods over the last four years. A lot had happened in that time, you can imagine, a lot of things have happened to yourself in four years, so there’s plenty of stuff to draw from. Some of these songs are about when I met my wife and fell in love with her. That’s where the love songs come from. At the same time, I was having tough times in the middle of a long, drawn out divorce that was draining and pretty much put me on a downward spiral just because it was so…there was so much going on during that period of time, that you get songs like ‘My Suffering’ and ‘Condemned,’ and the heavier, darker stuff was all derived from the phases of that experiences. But yeah, there was a lot going on.

Yeah, because an outsider looking in on you could say, ‘Oh, Chester is in Linkin Park, and he has Club Tattoo, his life must be a dream.’ So the depths of despair on the record are shocking.

My life is a dream, but unfortunately, I am an asshole sometimes. I can be very selfish or my perspectives can be off, but there were a lot of really stressful things that happening over that period of time. Like waking up one day and having a lot of money and a big house, and a year later, not having a single dime and living in a seven square foot apartment in Santa Monica. That can make you go, ‘Okay, none of this stuff is actually going to be here for very long.’ That freaked me out, and that spun me into a place of like drinking every day. Kind of like, ‘How did this happen? All I did was not want to be married anymore and now, I have nothing.’

It was kind of crazy, but the thing that kept me going through the whole process was that I did fall in love again. I did find myself, because I knew that I had a lot to live for. Like you were saying, I do have this really blessed life. I do have Linkin Park, I do have Club Tattoo, I have a beautiful wife and a beautiful family, and all this great stuff. I put too much focus on the materialist things in life like money and houses. Yeah, families, everybody has got one and some suck, I kind of have a mixture of both, but I really consciously understand how much value I had placed on things that didn’t really matter. It was pretty tough and that’s what the record was inspired from. It was a combination of all those things.

Hence the title?

Right (laughs). I torched the life I had and started a new one.

How did you meet up with the guys in the band?

Well, Ryan, Amir and myself have been friends for ten years or maybe more. We met when Orgy was on its second record, Vapor Transmission, we [Linkin Park] were recording Hybrid Theory. We were working in studio called NRG, and there are multiple studios that bands can work in, and Ryan heard me screaming some parts I was working on for the record. He came walking down the hall and was like, ‘Who are you? And what are you doing here?’

He was very funny, and I told him who I was and honestly, like an hour later, we were best friends. We’ve spoken at least once a week since then. So when I was writing songs, after Meteora was finished, Ryan had heard me play some of these songs, and he kind of gave me the push to convince Linkin Park that they weren’t Linkin Park songs, which obviously they aren’t or do something else with them. I thought about that, he didn’t say, ‘with me,’ he said, ‘with them.’ It was going to be my solo album, and I was going to do pretty much everything that I could with the exception of play drums, and it very quickly turned into Ryan and Amir asking if they could manipulate the song structures or maybe playing things a little different. I just gave them full reign, ‘You guys can do whatever you want to the songs.’ That’s kind of how it started, and I knew the rest of the guys in the band from them being in Julien-K. The other half of the band, they are engineers or producers, so they are all working behind the scenes, most of them and we came together through friendship.

A few years ago, on a Family Values tour you did a duet with Scott Weiland and you easily went toe to toe with him. I realized that you weren’t only a great vocalist, but you’re a great singer. That’s really evident on this record, because you can really hear your range.

In Linkin Park, the thought process is like me and Mike share half percent of everything, so if I am doing stuff that only I could do in the band, then it kind of restricts us. No one else in Linkin Park is a vocalist, so we can’t do three part harmonies or anything like that.

Whereas in Dead By Sunrise, I have Ryan, I have Brandon, Elias, and they have all been singers in other bands before, so I have a pretty good arsenal who can do three part harmonies with me. Also this is probably the real truth, Howard Benson is just like, ‘I don’t give a fuck. This is your record, so we are just going to do it. People want to hear you sing.’ So he really kind of pushed the envelope in a lot of ways. It wasn’t just singing a harmony to a part, it was singing a harmony and then doing harmonies to harmonies which separate sections that cross in different ways and layering those. It was very complicated—it was the most layering I have ever done on any record. I think that it’s something that will really set it part from sounding like a Linkin Park record.

What was the song selection process like? For instance, ‘Morning After,’ which is also a great song isn’t not on the record?

That was done, because I already released ‘Morning After’ on the Underworld soundtrack. I felt that if I put that on the record, it would kind of be cheating. So we basically took some songs that didn’t quite make the cut, and we’re reissuing, because the version that is on Underworld II is kind of a remix, it has some guitars taken out, and a more danceable beat to kind of fit the mode of the soundtrack a little more. This is more of a direct, straight rock version, and I believe that is actually going to be on the record if you get it as an import from Japan or some parts of Europe. So if people want that on the Dead By Sunrise record, [there’s] that, and we did a cover of the Misfits’ ‘20 Eyes’ like as extras.

Why that song in particular?

Well, I actually started playing that song when I was in a cover band called Bucket of Winnies for a little while. I play it with Bucket of Winnies and Camp Freddy sometimes, it’s just fun to go play with a bunch of guys and play cover songs. So we started playing ‘20 Eyes,’ we recorded it and we really liked it. There’s nothing we’ll ever be able to do with it, so we thought that this was kind of good way of letting people have it.

You’re playing the MTV Halloween gala, is that the launch of a huge tour?

We’ve actually kind of gone back and fourth a little bit on how we wanted to approach touring. I was thinking festivals, maybe a couple of touring bands, and then I felt like I don’t want to do that. Maybe next year after the band has been around for awhile we could do that, but I really want to go play for people. Have their faces really close and loud and sweaty and right in people’s faces, and have them see the band in that way at first. I really want to build fans in a more grassroots way, not just because I’m in Linkin Park [and] the other guys have been in Orgy that we deserve to go play these amazing tours. I think we really need to earn our place. The goal is to go out and get people to fall in love with the band the old fashioned way.

Are you especially eager to do that, because it seems with Linkin Park, you guys just skyrocketed to the top?

I just feel like it’s the right thing to do. I feel like I don’t want to take Linkin Park fans for granted, and I know that the other guys don’t want to take Orgy fans for granted. I feel like hopefully, they will like this music that we’re doing, but those are fans of those respective bands, and we can’t just like leech off that.

It really feels like the right thing to do, and I actually if there is anyone else in the band who put in a little more time before things took off for Linkin Park, I have been doing this since I was fourteen. I made my first record when I was 16-years-old. I was in a band [Grey Daze] for seven years before I was in Linkin Park. We played with hundreds of national acts, and by the time we were finished and broke up, we were drawing anywhere from 1000-2000 people every one to two weeks.

That’s a pretty big deal for a band that’s never going to go anywhere. That was frustrating to me, so I feel like I have paid my dues. I don’t feel like I need to go out there and prove that, but I do think that it’s important not to just be like, ‘Oh, I am in my famous band, I can go play arenas,’ that’s ridiculous. ‘Or I deserve to have this great support slot just because I am Chester.’ It doesn’t make much sense to me.

Getting to the actual songs on the record, ‘Fire’ sounds like an open letter to someone who has passed.

That song took a few different lyrical changes. It started out one way that was really like a sad story using interesting metaphors and that’s where the name ‘Fire’ came from. The lyric that inspired the title was, ‘There’s a fire in our hearts that’s the reason why the tears keep falling, to put out the fires that our hearts are starting.’ That’s where it came from, [but] the melodies didn’t quite seem to fit. So I started over, and kind of just ran with that, and went with a more spiritual path of getting through the tougher times.
Some people may look at that song and just say, ‘Oh he must have wrote that about someone who passed on.’ Or, ‘Wow that’s really sad.’ Or some people may see it as a spiritual thing, looking up at the heavens, and you know that there is something greater than yourself that’s with you all the time. This is probably one of those songs that is written with a Linkin Park sort of a touch, because it’s more open in general.

Songs like ‘Condemned’ and songs like ‘Inside of Me’ are pretty straightforward—there is no question as to what those songs are about. This one the fact that it can be seen in so many different ways is what makes it special, and I think that’s what going to give it the ability to connect with people in a much deeper way then perhaps other songs on the record. Oh, and by the way, ‘Give Me Your Name,’ I wrote that song for my wife for our wedding.

That’s my favorite song on the record.

That’s my favorite song on the record as well. That one and ‘In The Darkness,’ those are my two favorite songs. Those are both written with love about the relationship I have with my beautiful wife. So I wrote that for her, and we danced to that at our wedding.

How did you meet?

We met through a friend, and we never actually crossed paths. Ryan was friends with her for many years. Almost for as long as I have [been friends with him], and we had known of each other for the same amount of time, but I have never met her for some reason. If she was at a party, I didn’t make it. We had never met and eventually, after I had split up with my ex-wife, we met at a party.
We hit it off right away, like instantly. Ever since we met—I think it was like four or five days before we’d see each other again, and we have been together ever since. I think she moved in with me about a week-and-half after I met her. We met, and that was it.

Update around Sun(rise) on Fire

Okay, I guess we're back up to date now. If I missed anything, just let me know ;)
Uhm, we had our little project "Tell us you story", on until 7th october and we're still working. So don't be mad of disapointed... the story's will be up here soon.

We're also closing the poll for the board. Sun(rise) on Fire will have a Forum. We just want to test it at first and than we'll see how it'll work out ;)



New LPTV Episode with...

Chester reording vocals for "Inside of me"

I also got this nice picture for the awesome freaksoldier on Twitter, one of her friends made it as they visited Berlin. BUT.... why the heck is he alone on the poster? Where's Ryan and where's Amir?

Dead by Sunrise at TV Total Stockcar Race, Germany

I found some great videos from the guys at TV Total in Germany, at Julien-K Germany. Thank you guys.

Right before peforming "Crawl back in"

Performing "Crawl back in"

After performing "Crawl back in"

Dead by Sunrise watching "Raab in danger"

OC Register Interview with....

... Ryan Shuck.

At this point, with only a single in rotation on KROQ and an album still a week away from being released, some might be inclined to write off Dead by Sunrise as nothing more than a side project from Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington.

It's an impression further deepened by the group's debut at the end of August before a Southern California audience of more than 30,000, when, in the middle of Linkin Park's set at the first Epicenter festival in Pomona, DBS unveiled a handful of songs.

"While we were playing," remembers Ryan Shuck, the band's guitarist, "people were yelling 'TOOL!' It was one of the hardest shows … but we didn't expect it to be easy. Between all of us (in the band) we've sold 57 million records, and we didn't get there by going in front of a bunch of people and expecting not to have to fight for it."

What some might not realize, however, is that this band has been almost decade in the making. At the turn of the millennium, when Linkin Park was first breaking big, Bennington met Shuck and Amir Derakh, who were also enjoying success with their band Orgy, riding high off their rocked-out version of New Order's "Blue Monday."

Though the trio soon went different directions professionally – Linkin Park quickly became one of the biggest rock acts of the era, while Orgy disbanded in 2004, leading Shuck and Derakh to form a new band, Julien-K – they stayed in touch, often getting together in their time off for barbecues and to mess around with music.

These days, Bennington shares his time between Newport Beach and Phoenix. Shuck and Derakh now live in Long Beach but got their start in Orange County; Shuck owns a couple of local restaurants, Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana and Gypsy Den in Costa Mesa.

While at a get-together five years ago, Bennington pulled out a guitar and started playing some songs he had written that didn't fit the Linkin Park mold. Shuck says he immediately heard potential in the songs and wanted to help Bennington put them on record. The guys had always said they should play together – this seemed like a good start. Already Bennington was considered the unofficial fifth member of Julien-K, given how often he would stop by the studio to offer pointers.

So Shuck and Derakh were excited when one day Bennington asked them to return the favor, handing them a disc with new guitar parts and vocals to see what they might add. The result of their three days of tinkering ultimately became the basis of Dead by Sunrise. The duo soon brought in Julien-K bassist Brandon Belsky and drummer Elias Andra, later adding keyboardist Anthony "Fu" Valcic to the project.

"It's really incestuous and extremely complicated in the way that it all pencils out," Shuck says of the lineup. "The 'Reader's Digest' version is that we were all just really good friends who play music together … and create all sorts of different sounds."

"Out of Ashes," the band's Warner Bros. debut, drops Oct. 13. The following Monday DBS plays to its hometown crowd at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.

"I'm totally excited," Shuck says, "because we've been working on this for, like, five years. We've finally found a window (of time) to get this record out. We feel like we've been carrying a baby for five years and now it's finally being born."

Although all pre-production was done by the band in Shuck's home studio in Long Beach, big-time producer Howard Benson Рnoted for his diverse work, ranging from Moțrhead and Papa Roach to Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry Рwas called on to polish the record.

"It could have probably been released the way it was," Shuck figures, "but when you work with someone like Howard, he's going to sit there and take an objective look at it. He's going to dig into things that matter, zero in on them – make it into something that really pays off. … This project deserved that sort of respect after all of the sacrifice and dedication that went into working on it."

As to what critics might think of Dead by Sunrise – or whether people will take the group seriously or bet on it fading away – Shuck says they're all out of their heads.

"This is a real band and it's going to be something that stays around," he insists. "We're not going to just go away – and no, it's not cutting into Linkin Park time. We're looking at it as bringing people double the Chester."

Source: LPTimes

Ryan and Chester @ QuiM in Paris

Here are two videos, one is from QuiFM in Paris and the other one... I don't know to be honest. Seems like some Fans met them and they gave a short "Interview", pretty nice :)


Fan "Interview"

Interview at german radio + BBC

We also got a mail from our beloved Matt again, and he send us a interview with Ryan and Chester, in german but you can listen to some things they said during the interview ;)

(click on the picture to get to the interview)

Other than that he also send us a nice picture of Ryan, Amir and Chester from the BBC :) Thank you. And Amir himself posted a picture from the BBC recording as well :)

And as we're talking about the BBC, here is the interview :)
Thanks to Jani for the mail.

Part 1

Part 2


Part 4

Part 5