Mike Shinoda Shares First Linkin Park Band Photo After Chester Bennington's Death

Mike Shinoda, the co-founder of Linkin Park, just posted a throwback photo with the late Chester Bennington on his Instagram account. The picture of the fresh-faced gang -- which Shinoda thinks is the first band photo of Linkin Park -- is a sentimental tribute to co-frontman Chester Bennington, who was found dead Thursday.

"No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college," Shinoda captioned the post in part.

In 1996, Shinoda founded the band with his high school friends, and Bennington then joined them as a lead vocalist. Twenty years later, Shinoda was one of the first to confirm the tragic death of his friend and colleague on Twitter. The band's official statement was released Monday (July 24). The band has since canceled their One More Light tour, which was set to start later this month.

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