Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda On Discovering System Of A Down

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda recalled their first show with the metal band that made him starstruck.

In an interview with NME, the rocker discussed his ‘firsts.’ He shared that the initial concert he attended, and also the first live show with just a ‘local band’ back then. He revealed:

“It was very minimal, it wasn’t like a full on ‘I can’t talk, I am completely overwhelmed,’ it was that we played our first show with a local band that had just got signed called System Of A Down.”

The Linkin Park rocker was there to witness the biggest record deal System Of A Down signed for:

“And I was like ‘These guys are so cool and they just got signed at like a major record deal.’ We opened for them and I met a couple of the guys and thought they were the coolest. I think they are just barely older than us but I was so impressed, I mean besides, they’re incredible so of course I was impressed.”

SOAD And Linkin Park Were Good Friends

A year after Chester Bennington’s passing, System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian reminisced about the days they spent together with Linkin Park in another interview. Sharing his disbelief that it had already been a year since his passing, Malakian stated that Chester, the band, and he were good friends. In fact, Shinoda believed that Bennington did not seem like a depressed person, and instead, he was an energetic and upbeat person around them.

Their companionship did not just end with friendship. In 2014, Malakian appeared in Linkin Park’s sixth studio album ‘The Hunting Party,’ to collaborate on the track ‘Rebellion.’

You can watch the interview below.