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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.



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Linkin Park Return With New Single 'Heavy' Featuring Kiiara


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Noughties nu metal band Linkin Park return with a brand new album entitled 'One More Light' this Spring, with the first single announced as 'Heavy' featuring Kiiara. You can catch them live in South America and doing the Europe festival rounds from May 2017.

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After two weeks of teasers, Linkin Park finally unveiled their latest single 'Heavy' yesterday (February 16th 2017), the lead track from their forthcoming self-produced seventh studio album. The song features Illinois electropop singer Kiiara, who released her debut album 'Low Kii Savage' in March last year and went Platinum with the 2015 single 'Gold'. 

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Linkin Park Forced To Cancel 'Hunting Party' Tour Following Frontman Chester Bennington's Injury


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Linkin Park have been forced to cancel the rest of their 'Hunting Party' tour after the band's frontman Chester Bennington suffered a leg injury which is required to undergo "immediate medical attention."

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Linkin Park cancels the rest of their tour due to Chester Bennington's leg injury

Linkin Park fans were told the bad news via a statement on their website, which read, "Linkin Park regret to inform their fans they must cancel the remaining dates of The Hunting Party tour through February 14th, due to a leg injury of lead vocalist Chester Bennington."

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Mike Shinoda - Photographs of American Nu metal band Linkin Park as they performed live in concert at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd November 2014

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Chester Bennington and Linkin Park - American rock band Linkin Park perform at the Ziggo Dome on their 'The Hunting Party Tour' - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Friday 7th November 2014

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Rock In Rio Festival Expanding To America, Taylor Swift To Headline


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Good news for American music fans! The organisers of the massive Rock in Rio music festival have announced plans to hold an event in Las Vegas.

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Taylor Swift will be headlining the brand new festival

According to Nation, the concert will take place in May next year over two weekends, with Metallica and Taylor Swift the top names on the bill. Also performing will be Linkin Park, No Doubt, and John Legend. There aren't many other festivals where you would catch all those acts on the same bill! Roberta Medino, daughter of the festival's founder Roberto Medino, also announced they will spend $25 million on a publicity campaign to drive ticket sales, but with such a star-studded bill, they might not have to push too hard!

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Download Festival 2014 Review


Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.

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In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.

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Our 10 Favourite Download Festival 2014 Moments


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Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

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Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.

1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

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Linkin Park and Mike Shinoda - Rock in Rio Lisboa held at Parque da Bela Vista - Day 3 - Performances - Lisbon, Portugal - Friday 30th May 2014

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Win Tickets For Download Festival 2014 With Contactmusic And Zippo!


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Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!

We've partnered with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Zippo, in a new competition where winners can bag two weekend guests tickets for the 2014 event which this year sees Aerosmith and Linkin Park among headliners. Winners can enjoy a weekend of guest camping and exclusive access to the guest area.

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Download Festival In Touching Tribute: The Stephen Sutton Stage


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Stephen Sutton’s story touched the hearts of many, raising not just money, but awareness for cancer. Although the £4 million he did manage was truly staggering. And in an act of remembrance for Sutton, the main stage at this year’s Download Festival will be named the Stephen Sutton stage.

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One of the things on Sutton’s ‘bucket list’ was to visit the renown metal and rock festival. Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park will be gracing it this year while last year Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein headlined. 

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Download 2014 Lineup Taking Shape: Linkin Park To Headline, 'Hybrid Theory' Played In Full


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It won’t kick off until June 13th next year, but metal rock fans heading to 2014’s Download already have an idea how their weekend will sound: Linkin Park will be headlining, and will play their seminal ‘2000’ album, Hybrid Theory in full.

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"We have been kicking around the idea of playing 'Hybrid Theory' for some time and the perfect opportunity is Download 2014. The legendary energy of the Download crowd is the apex of the rock experience, and we are very excited to share this special night with them," Metal Hammer quotes Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as saying.

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One Dead And 19 Injured Outside Linkin Park Gig In South Africa


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A woman had died and 19 other people have been injured at a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa, according to the BBC. The band were unaware that temporary scaffolding outside the Green Point stadium, where they were playing, had collapsed and so played their set. However it was confirmed by a spokesperson to the BBC that "One person passed away last night as a result of injuries. It was a female individual. She passed away after she was taken to hospital.”

Finding out about the news after playing their show, Linkin Park quickly wrote a statement on their website, which read: “Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue.”

They added: “We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries. Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.”

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Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington and Linkin Park - Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington (right) of Linkin Park, Saturday 22nd September 2012 at the iHeart Radio Music Festival 2012 - Day 2 - held at The Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Resort and Casino - Arrivals.

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Linkin Park, Living Things Album Review


As part of the post-Millennium nu-metal movement, the sextet that comprise Linkin Park found huge success with their debut 'Hybrid Theory', but have retained their popularity after seeing peers like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach fall into obscurity. Now on their fifth studio album, they see out the latter part of the summer on a tour of North America.

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