Producer Don Gilmore worked on Linkin Park’s hugely successful debut album, Hybrid Theory, and like many, he’s been impacted by the tragic death of frontman Chester Bennington. Speaking with Billboard, Gilmore recalled his early days work with Bennington.

"He was just a nice young kid," Gilmore said of Bennington. "The whole band were nice guys. In my opinion, in that first rehearsal he overshadowed the whole band; he was such a huge force vocally that it got me really excited about the project and it made me want to work with them really bad."

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park by Anne Erickson

"As a producer, you're always looking for special things that kind of stick out and are extraordinary, because sometimes it can take just an ordinary record -- maybe it has good songs and it sounds good and maybe you're fine," Gilmore added. "But when you can marry all that with something like Chester's singing, then it's just unstoppable.'

Gilmore also produced Linkin Park's sophomore album, Meteora.

He also did engineering on Temple of the Dog’s sole studio album. Both Bennington and Chris Cornell of Temple of the Dog and Soundgarden died by reported suicide earlier this year. Bennington died on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.

"I've maybe had four or five times in the studio that I got goose bumps, literally like shivers, and one of them was with Chester, for sure," Gilmore said. "And oddly enough, one of them is Chris Cornell, when I recorded Chris on the Temple of the Dog record."

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