The Group’s History
Linkin Park is a new metal rap/rock group from Agoura Hills, California. This great group started out with three high school friends with Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, and Mike Shinoda. Once these three friends graduated from high school in 1996, shortly there after they decided to form a rock/ rap group called Xero. The band would eventually recruit Joe Hahn, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, and Mark Wakefield. After Mark Wakefield left the group in 1998, he was later replaced by Chester Bennington, and the rest is history. The group would later change their name to Linkin Park and in 1999 Linkin Park signed their first record deal to Warner Bros. Records.
The Break Through
On October 24, 2000 Linkin Park released the critically acclaimed album “Hybrid Theory” which was a mega smash commercial success. The album sold 4.8 million copies during the first year of release and ended up being the best album of the year in 2001. Singles off of the album like “One Step Closer” & “Crawling” established the group as staples on alternative rock radio stations across the country. Linkin Park won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for the single “Crawling,” and was also nominated for two others: Best New Artist and Best Rock Album for 2001.The band was awarded two awards by MTV for Best Rock Video and Best Direction for “In the End”. With the overall success of Hybrid Theory, the band catapulted into mainstream success. Around the same time, Linkin Park received invitations to perform on high-profile tours and concerts, such as the Family Values Tour, KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, and Ozzfest. But they didn’t stop there. Linkin Park also formed their own tour called Projekt Revolution, and it featured notable artist like, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, and Adema. The band released a DVD in November of 2001 called Frat Party at the Pankake Festival documenting their performances and experiences. With the success of Hybrid Theory, the band performed over 320 concerts within a year. In 2002 the group made a remix album called Reanimation, and the album featured several guest like Aaron Lewis, Jonathan Davis, Black Thought and many more. The first week of sales for Reanimation were 270,000 copies, and the album claimed the number 2 spot on the Billboard 200.
The Follow Up
By the time the band released their second album “Meteora”, they were already established as rap/rock royalty. During the first week alone Meteora sold over 800,000 copies and the album ended up selling nearly three million records by 2003. Linkin Park also did a collaboration album with hip-hop mogul Jay Z entitled Collision Coarse, which capitalized on the trend of song mash-ups. This is when you make a new song out of the recognizable pieces of two existing songs. Collision Coarse went to the top of the Billboard Charts.
Round Three (2007)
Minutes to Midnight was their third solo project and would be one of their most successful albums of to date, selling over 625,000 copies in the first week of release alone. Minutes to Midnight sold over 2 million copies in the US, and put four singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. In 2008, Linkin Park won an award for Best Rock Video at the MTV VMA’s.
“The Dawn of A New Day”
In September 2010 Linkin Park released their long-awaited album, “A Thousand Suns.” The lead single off the album entitled “The Catalyst,” made history by being the first song atop the Billboard Rock Songs chart. By the end of 2010, “A Thousand Suns” reached #53 in the Year-End charts of Billboard Top 200 albums and #7 in the Year-End Rock Albums category.
Current Band Members
- Mike Shinoda- rhythm guitar, keyboard, production, rapping
- Brad Delson- lead guitar, background vocals
- Joe Hahn- background vocals, keyboard, samples, turntables
- Dave “Phoenix” Ferrell- bass guitar
- Rob Bourdon- drummer
- Chester Bennington- lead singer
The Game Changer
Hybrid Theory is known around the world as being one of the best studio albums that was ever recorded. Linkin Park took rap/rock music to another level and is by far the group’s greatest album of to date. Linkin Park gave the perfect blueprint on how to take music to another level.
The Band Discography
- Hybrid Theory (2000)
- Meteora (2003)
- Minutes to Midnight (2007)
- A Thousand Suns (2010)
- Reanimation- remix album (2002)
- Live in Texas- live album (2003)
- Collision Coarse- with Jay Z (2004)
- Road to Revolution Live at Milton Keynes (2008)
There is no denying that Linkin Park is one the best rap/rock groups of our time and that their musical style is nothing short of pure genius.