Mike Shinoda shares photo from 1997 when Chester Bennington first joined Linkin Park
It's been one week since news broke that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had committed suicide, on the same day his late friend Chris Cornell would have celebrate his 53rd birthday.
The tragic news hit the rock and music community hard, especially as the world had just suffered and mourned the loss of Cornell, who also took his own life only two months ago.
Bennington's bandmate and long-time friend, Mike Shinoda, recently took to Instagram to post a photo of himself, Chester and the others (who would later form Linkin Park) taken in 1997 or 1998 - before the band's meteroic rise to fame.
Look how young they are:
The caption reads:
1997 or 1998...I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band. He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next. The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs. No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college.
After this, the rest is history. Linkin Park went on to release the insanely popular popular Hybrid Theory album and become global megastars, then followed up that superb outing with another modern classic, Meteora.
Watch The Morning Rumble's tribute to Chester Bennington.