As the world is trying to process the tragic death of Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda has decided to share an old photo, which he believes is the first picture Linkin Park took after Bennington joined the group. Back then, in either 1997 or 1998, the band was known as Xero.
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.