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Mike Shinoda Posts One Of His First Photos With Chester, Tells The Story Of Him Joining The Band

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 24 July 2017 at 17.54

"1997 or 1998..."

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has shared the first photo the band ever took with the late Chester Bennington in the line-up, and told the story of Chester joining the band in the first place.

"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.," he said.

"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."


Chester's bandmates paid tribute to him in an emotional statement today, saying, "You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve," while messages and photos are pouring in from across the globe at a tribute site set up in his memory.

The Linkin Park frontman passed away last week at 41.

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