Linkin Park

  • 09 June 2004

Band form

1996

Linkin Park (formed 1996) Linkin Park is an American nu-metal band that has won two Grammy awards and sold over fifty million albums worldwide.

The Formation: Linkin Park was originally formed by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon, who all knew each other from high school in California. After graduation, Joe Hahn, Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell and Mark Wakefield joined the band. At the time, the band was known as Xero.

Xero recorded their demos in Shinoda's bedroom but failure to secure a record deal caused tensions in the band. Mark Wakefield (the vocalist at the time) and Dave Farrell both left the band.

Chester Bennington was drafted in as Wakefield's replacement. He was formerly the singer for Grey Daze and his distinctive vocal style stood out. The band changed their name to Hybrid Theory for a short time but the addition of Bennington to the band brought a new chemistry and they changed names again to Linkin Park: a homage to Lincoln Park, in Santa Monica.

Although a record deal remained elusive for some time, they eventually signed to Warner Bros. in 1999.

Commercial Breakthrough: The band's debut album, Hybrid Theory was released in 2000 and was representative of the last five years of the band's work. The album sold over 4.8 million copies in its first year and was the highest-selling album of 2001.

Hybrid Theory was also nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance (for 'Crawling'). They won the latter category.

Around this time, Linkin Park performed at a number of high profile events, such as 'Ozzfest, the Family Values tour and their own 'Projekt Revolution', which featured such luminaries as Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg.

Dave Farrell re-joined the band and they began working on a follow-up album. Reanimation was a remix album that featured tracks from Hybrid Theory and featured Black Thought and Aaron Lewis, among others. The album went to number two in the Billboard 200.

Linkin Park began to write new material whilst completing their extensive promotional tour schedule. They spent some of their free time recording in the studio they had in their tour bus. The resulting album, Meteora was released in 2003 and went to number one in the US album charts. More than 800,000 copies were sold in its first week.

The band undertook another Projekt Revolution, this time with Mudvayne, Blindside and Xzibit. The band was invited by Metallica to play on the Summer Sanitarium Tour, along with Limp Bizkit and the Deftones.

A DVD entitled Live In Texas showcased some of their live performances from the tour.

Following Meteora's commercial success, the band took a brief hiatus. Shinoda worked with Depeche Mode and formed Fort Minor as a side project. Bennington also worked with DJ Lethal and Dead By Sunrise.

Another remix album surfaced, this time produced by Jay-Z and was entitled Collision Course.

Producer Rick Rubin was chosen to work on their next studio album; the release of which was delayed until 2007. Minutes to Midnight was 14 months in the making and sold over 600,000 copies in its first week on sale. It also went to number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.

The band headlined the Download festival in England as well as undertaking their fourth Projekt Revolution tour and embarking on a UK arena tour that culminated in two nights at the O2 Arena in London.

Mike Shinoda Set For Solo Show

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 02 February 2018

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is set to perform his first solo show since the tragic death of Chester Bennington in July 2017.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda will perform his first ever solo show this summer following the death of Chester Bennington last year.

The 'In The End' rocker has previously confirmed the band will continue after they've taken time away after their frontman and friend committed suicide in July 2017, and now he is set to take to the stage on his own this summer.

Shinoda has been confirmed for this year's Summer Sonic festival in Japan, which takes place in both Osaka and Chiba in August, and he will join a stellar lineup including the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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Linkin Park, Usher And Katy Perry: 2017 Carpool Karaoke Episodes Ranked

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 25 December 2017

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Who were the best guests from James Corden's Carpool Karaoke?

The world just can't get enough of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke from his 'Late Late Show'; so much so that an Apple series began this year featuring long segments with different guests. But here is a list of episodes ranked in order of our favourites from 2017.

Image caption James Corden at the Emmy Awards

1. Linkin Park - Not part of the 'Late Late Show' segment but for the Apple series, this episode was shot with Ken Jeong less than a week before frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide. It was released in October and is definitely the most memorable episode of the series.

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American Music Awards 2017: Bruno Mars Wins Big And Pink Is Blown Away By Xtina

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 20 November 2017

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Here are the winners and highlights of the 2017 AMAs.

The winners of the 2017 American Music Awards have finally been unveiled, with Bruno Mars coming out on top with an impressive seven gongs altogether. Plus, learn the truth of Pink's facial expression while listening to former rival Christina Aguilera singing a Whitney Houston cover.

Image caption Pink at the 2017 American Music Awards

Bruno Mars was not only the winner of Artist Of The Year but also Favorite Male Pop / Rock Artist and Male Soul / R&B Artist, with his third album '24K Magic' landing Favourite Pop / Rock Album and Soul / R&B Album, and single 'That's What I Like' taking Video Of The Year and Favourite Soul / R&B Song.

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'This Is The Best Day Of My Life': Linkin Park's Carpool Karaoke Episode Finally Unveiled

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 13 October 2017

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Chester Bennington grinning from ear to ear as he sings along with Ken Jeong.

Linkin Park have finally unveiled the shelved episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring Ken Jeong, shot less than a week before Chester Bennington committed suicide. But far from being a joyful moment from the rock singer, it just marks the perfect example of how you can never tell what depression looks like.

Image caption Linkin Park performing live in Brixton

It is by far the silliest episode of Carpool Karaoke ever thanks to Ken Jeong who hosted it in lieu of James Corden, but the humour is underlined by the fact that just 6 days after it was filmed, Chester committed suicide following a long battle with depression.

Continue reading: 'This Is The Best Day Of My Life': Linkin Park's Carpool Karaoke Episode Finally Unveiled

Linkin Park's 'One More Light' Video Is A Comfort To The Bereaved

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 19 September 2017

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The video features various clips of Chester Bennington.

Exactly four months after the release of Linkin Park's seventh studio album 'One More Light', the official video for the title track is released - and it's of course in total dedication to the band's late frontman Chester Bennington who passed away in July after a long battle with depression.

Image caption Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
Image caption Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
Image caption Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing live in Brixton
Image caption Chester Bennington performing live with Linkin Park