Chester Bennington answered the phone on March 20th, 1999, at his home in Phoenix. The guy on the other end of the line, Jeff Blue, vice president of A&R at Zomba Music in Los Angeles, came straight to the point: “I’m going to give you your big break. I have a great band for you.” The band was called Xero, and they needed a singer. The date happened to be Bennington’s twenty-third birthday; Blue called him in the middle of a surprise party. The next day, Bennington – whose L.A.-based attorney had recommended him to Blue – received a Xero package in the mail: a demo with the group’s previous singer and one with just the instrumental tracks. Blue told Bennington, “I want your interpretation of the songs.” Bennington wrote and recorded new vocals over the band’s playing and sent the results to Blue by FedEx. Two days after that, Bennington was in L.A., formally auditioning for Xero at their Hollywood rehearsal space. He arrived with his favorite microphone, some clothes and the blessing of his wife, Samantha, who had stayed behind in Phoenix. He had also quit his job as an assistant at a digital-services firm. Related Chester Bennington,… Read full this story
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