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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park, And The Thrill Of A First Favorite Band

The back cover of Linkin Park‘s seminal 2000 album, Hybrid Theory, is a revelation. In an industrial alleyway, five young guys stand broodily in a flying-V shape. All five sport dark clothes, Carhartt hoodies, and Dickies work shirts. The guy up front is different: He looks like an anime vampire (or maybe a vampire hunter) in black sunglasses and yellow hair, flame tattoos engulfing his skinny arms.

It was simply the coolest photo I could’ve se…

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