Just a few days after the incredibly sad passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, his former bandmate Mike Shinoda posted a touching tribute to Bennington on his Instagram on Monday, July 24. The photo, taken in the late '90s, shows the members of Linkin Park as young men still in college. Shinoda not only posted the photo, but he also took the time to write out an explanation of the photo. In doing so, the picture he paints is of the then-young men of Linkin Park coming together and clearly excited about the journey they wanted to take as a musical group.
On his Instagram, Shinoda captioned a photo of the young members of Linkin Park as thus:
While he makes no mention of Bennington's passing in the caption, it's evident that Shinoda misses his bandmate and close friend. In opening up and sharing this memory, those who looked up to Bennington, Shinoda, and Linkin Park may be able to connect with the Linkin Park frontman over this memory and find some solace in this memory.
When the news broke about Bennington's death on July 20, Shinoda confirmed the news on his Twitter. Shortly thereafter, Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman, Cameron Strang, released the following statement to Bustle:
Additionally, Linkin Park canceled the North American leg of their tour, One More Light, as well as their co-headlining tour with Blink-182. For now, it appears the band is still processing this loss, which is completely understandable.