Mike Shinoda shares photo from 1997 when Chester Bennington first joined Linkin Park

Who knew these dudes would go on to become one of the most iconic bands of this generation.
28 July 2017 11:39AM

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:

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.