Linkin Park has issued its first full statement following the death of frontman Chester Bennington, saying “your absence leaves a void that can never be filled.”
“Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.”
“After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place.“You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human.“You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”
Founding member Mike Shinoda has also posted what he believes to be the first image of Linkin Park as a band, taken immediately after Chester was asked to join in the late 90’s.
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.
Photo: Paul Archuleta / Getty.
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