Mike Shinoda Shares Picture Of Linkin Park Days After Chester Bennington Joined

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Mike Shinoda, a co-founder of Linkin Park, has shared a photo of the band only days after the late Chester Bennington joined.

Shinoda posted the throwback photo of the fresh-faced band on his Instagram account last night in tribute to frontman Bennington who was found dead on Thursday.

He believes this is the first photo ever taken of what would later become Linkin Park

Originally taken in 1997 or 1998, the photo was captioned:

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.

Shinoda founded the band with his high school friends in 1996 with Bennington joining later as a lead vocalist.

20 years later he was one of the first to confirm the death of his friend on Twitter.

Fans have flooded Shinoda’s Instagram post with comments of support saying ‘stay strong man’ and ‘remember we are always with you and love you’.

The band have since cancelled their One More Light tour, which was due to start later this month.

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray

Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn't writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.