Current band members
- Chester Bennington – lead vocals
- Rob Bourdon – drums
- Brad Delson – guitar
- Dave "Phoenix" Farrell – bass guitar
- Joseph Hahn – turntablist, samples
- Mike Shinoda – backing vocals, sampling, rap emcee, keyboardist, occasional rhythm guitarist
Former band members
- Kyle Christener – bassist
- Scott Koziol – bassist
- Mark Wakefield – vocalist
1994-99: From Xero to Hybrid Theory
Upon graduating from Washington High School in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1994, vocalist Chester Bennington joined a band called Grey Daze. The band released two albums, No Son Today and Wake Me. However, due to personal conflicts within the band, Bennington decided to leave the band. Alic Stone and Kenney Hausauer then replaced Chester for a period of two months. Joshua Nunnes then joined in on writting one of the most memorable songs which later became a number one on the billboards for 10 weeks straight, this was the revolutionary song, "These Wounds", which later was renamed, "Crawling".
Meanwhile, in 1996 and two states away, guitarist Brad Delson and emcee Mike Shinoda graduated from Agoura High School in the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills, California. Upon graduation, the two men formed a band with their friend drummer Rob Bourdon under the moniker SuperXero. Previously, Delson and Bourdon were in a band together for about a year called Relative Degree.
The three played archaic forms of their music together while attending college. Delson attended the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood, California. Shinoda attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While at UCLA, Delson met bassist Dave Farrell. Delson and Farrell were roommates and often practiced and played together. Previously, Farrell used to play in a band called the Taste Snax with Mark Fiore, who later changed their name to the Snax. Fiore later became Linkin Park's cinematographer. While at the Art Center College, Shinoda met turntablist Joe Hahn.
Farrell and Hahn joined SuperXero and the name of the band was shortened to just Xero. The five men were joined by vocalist Mark Wakefield and, together, they recorded their first, self-titled demo tape. The tape was sent out to various record labels but it was never considered and the band was never signed. Shortly thereafter, Wakefield left the band. Later, he would become the manager for the band Taproot.
Shinoda began advertising for a new vocalist and Delson began interning for a Warner Brothers Records A&R representative named Jeff Blue as part of his communications degree. Blue alerted Delson and Shinoda about Bennington, a young vocalist from Phoenix who was looking to join another band.
Shinoda and Delson sent Bennington a tape containing an instrumental song and he recorded vocals for it. He then called Shinoda and played the song over the phone. The band was instantly impressed and asked Bennington to fly to Los Angeles from Phoenix to audition. At the audition, several other potential vocalists vying for the position simply left when they heard Bennington sing.
Once Bennington had joined the group, the band's line-up became solidified—almost. Farrell left the band to finish college and, as such, wasn't able to record bass for the band's first, self-titled EP. Instead, Delson and a bassist named Kyle Christener played bass on the EP. Released in mid-1999, only one thousand copies of the EP were pressed. Several copies were sent to various record labels, including Warner Brothers Records. The rest of the copies were given to early members of the band's newly formed street team. Farrell was temporarily replaced by Scott Koziol. Scott appears in the video for "One Step Closer" off the Hybrid Theory album.
The band was subsequently signed to Warner Brothers in 1999 thanks to Blue. However, they were forced to change their name due to a copyright issue with a British electronic group called Hybrid. There were several suggestions for the band's new name, including Clear, Probing Lagers, Ten P.M. Stocker (an inside joke for the band since they were always recording and practicing material late at night) and Platinum Lotus Foundation.
Bennington eventually suggested the use of Lincoln Park because he would drive by Lincoln Park in Santa Monica, California, on his way to the recording studio every day when the band was recording demos for its debut album. Bennington thought that it would be a good name for the band because there are Lincoln Parks all over the country. He figured that the band would be recognized as a local band no matter where they went. However, since the domain name lincolnpark.com was already taken and the band couldn't afford to purchase it, they changed the spelling from "Lincoln" to "Linkin" so they could purchase a domain name in linkinpark.com.
2000-02: From Hybrid Theory to Reanimation
On October 24, 2000, Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, was released in the United States. Only one song was cut from the album, a hip-hop song entitled "High Voltage," a remix-version of a song that appeared on the band's EP. Several songs from the EP were re-recorded as demos for Hybrid Theory but it is unknown whether the tracks will ever appear as official B-sides or not. The record's first single, "One Step Closer," was a rock anthem on MTV.
The mix of angry lyrics and pleading ballads and a toss of hip-hop pleased fans everywhere, and many give it the honor of being a "lifesaving" album. Thousands of people worldwide turned to this album for comfort and hope, hope that their future will be better, and that there really are people out there who understand.
The band performed in its first nationally-recognized concert on December 17th as a part of KROQ Radio's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert special. Shinoda wrote a brand-new song entitled "My December" for the occasion. The song was not featured on Hybrid Theory and is often mistaken as a B-side. It was later featured on a Christmas album released by KROQ DJs Kevin and Bean.
In early 2001, Farrell joined Linkin Park once again and the band's second single, "Crawling," was released and won the band a Grammy Award for the "Best Hard Rock Performance." The band embarked on its first ever national festival tour, the Ozzfest, with other acts such as Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Disturbed, Crazy Town and Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society.
In mid-2001, the band released its third single, "In the End." The song would prove to be the band's biggest hit and was one of the most-spun songs of 2001. The video for the song was directed by Nathan "Karma" Cox and Hahn, and featured the band playing atop a massive statue in the rain. The video had a massive amount of CGI compared to most music videos at the time.
On September 2, 2001, the band released its first DVD humorously titled Frat Party at the Pankake Festival. The DVD featured all of the band's videos up to this point in their career and featured a documentary of the band touring in support of Hybrid Theory. There are also a lot of hidden Easter eggs allowing viewers to access hidden videos on the DVD, including a studio performance of a demo of "A Place for My Head" from 1999.
In November, a friend of the band, Jessica Bardas, suggested forming a fan club. The band thought that it was a good idea, and the Linkin Park Underground (LPU) was born. Members of the fan club receive a package every year (assuming that they renew their membership) containing a T-shirt, a CD and several odds and ends, including guitar picks, stickers and posters. The first CD featured was a re-issue of the band's Hybrid Theory EP with new artwork.
In early 2002, the band put together its first headlining tour called Projekt Revolution. The first edition of the tour featured Adema, Cypress Hill and DJ Z-Trip. During the course of the tour, Shinoda and Hahn collaborated with the X-ecutioners on the song "It's Goin' Down." Shortly after the tour ended, the band headed back to the studio for the first time since early 2000.
After being sent several remixes of Linkin Park songs, Shinoda decided that it was time for him to realize his goal of releasing a remix album. Initially, Shinoda only wanted to remix a couple of songs and release an EP. However, thanks to encouragement from his bandmates (Delson and Hahn especially), Shinoda decided to take the project a step further.
The project, which would take on the name Reanimation, featured one remix for each song from Hybrid Theory, as well as remixes for the songs "My December" and "High Voltage." Each song was remixed by a different artist and there were rumors that there were over fifty remixes that Shinoda received during the course of the project. Shinoda went through and listened to each remix, hand-picking the best ones. Only two of the remixes that didn't make the album were ever released, those being the Crystal Method's remix of "Points of Authority" (featuring on the CD of the second installment of the LPU) and Marilyn Manson's remix of "By Myself." The only other confirmed remix was one by Team Sleep of "My December." The remix was turned away because it made the song even darker; Shinoda went with the version on the CD because it made the song seem more up-beat and happier.
Some of the artists featuring on the album included Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Stephen Richards of Taproot, Aaron Lewis of Staind, the Humble Brothers, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Aceyalone, the X-ecutioners, Black Thought and Jay Gordon of Orgy.
The project was released on July 30, 2002 and its first and only single was "Pts.of.Athrty" ("Points of Authority") remixed by Orgy's Jay Gordon. The video for the song was a technological achievement, as it was the first-ever music video to feature full-on CGI. The video was reminiscent of Square Pictures' Final Fantasy film, The Spirits Within.
In November, the second edition of the LPU launched as the Underground 2.0 and the second package was revealed. The new fan club-only EP featured the Crystal Method's remix of "Points of Authority" and a song called "Dedicated," which has been speculated as being cut from the band's EP before it was pressed. There's also a fifty-second instrumental track entitled "A.06" which showcases a harder side of the band. This instrumental gave fans a new hope allowing them to believe that the band's second album would be harder than Hybrid Theory. It also elevated hype for the band's follow-up exponentially
2003-05: From Meteora to Collision Course
The band headed back to the studio in late 2002 to record their follow-up to Hybrid Theory. The name of the album was kept a secret until December, where it was revealed to be named after Meteora, a series of monasteries high atop rock formations in Greece, which they learned about from looking at pictures in a travel magazine. "It's this really spiritual, mythical place," Delson said. "Just looking at those pictures was inspirational to us in terms of how epic it felt. I think some of the guys hadn't even seen the pictures when they heard the name Meteora, and they just really responded to the energy of the name. We think that suitably matches the spirit we tried to create with the record."  The album's first single, "Somewhere I Belong," was released in February of 2003 to critical acclaim. On March 25, 2003, Meteora was released and debuted at number one on Billboard's music chart after selling 810,000 copies in its first week.
Following the release of the album, the band embarked on its second Projekt Revolution tour with blindside, Mudvayne and Xzibit. "Faint" was released as a single toward the end of the tour. Following PR03, the band joined Metallica on their Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003 with Limp Bizkit, the Deftones and, once again, Mudvayne.
Shortly after the Sanitarium tour came to a close, the band released "Numb" as a single. They shot a video for the single in the Prague, Czech Republic. Simultaneously, the band shot a video for the song "From the Inside." Oddly enough, the video for "From the Inside" was shot before the video for "Numb." Bennington became ill before the video for "Numb" could be completed, so the remainder of a video was filmed in a church in Los Angeles.
On November 18, 2003, Linkin Park released a brand-new DVD/CD live set entitled Live in Texas. The footage was shot while on the Sanitarium tour in Dallas and Houston, Texas. The DVD was unique because it combined two live shows together; the video from both shows were used as well as the audio for both shows, but they were all edited together. Because of this, the band had to wear the same clothing for both shows on consecutive days. If one pays attention, one shot early in the video shows Bennington with a back soaked with sweat but, later in the video, his back is dry. Another thing that you may notice are the white bands around the end of Chester's mic, they'll be one but sometimes there will be two. The DVD featured seventeen songs and the CD featured twelve of those seventeen songs.
In November, the third edition of the LPU launched. The package's CD contained the five tracks that were cut from the Live in Texas DVD for its CD. It was ridiculed by many fan club members as the worst LPU CD, claiming that the band should've placed rare songs on the CD (as with year two) instead of the live tracks.
At the end of 2003, the band performed at its second KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. The band headlined night two and played a seventeen-song set. It also marked the first time that many fans of the band that didn't make it out to shows prior got to hear "Breaking the Habit" played live. At the end of Linkin Park's set, they played "One Step Closer" and were joined on stage by P.O.D.'s frontman, Sonny Sandoval. Sandoval was criticized for performing under the influence of alcohol.
At the beginning of 2004, the band set off on its "Meteora World Tour," with P.O.D., Hoobastank and Story of the Year. The band claimed that this was the final leg of the world-wide tour that the band had been on since Meteora was released.
During the tour, the band's video for "From the Inside" was released internationally. Following the "Meteora World Tour," the band began work on their most ambitious music video to date. The video, which was to be based around the song "Breaking the Habit," featured animation by the same studio that created the animated scenes in Kill Bill, Production I.G., and was directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Hahn. The video featured Bennington's soul traveling through an old apartment building visiting various people struggling with their various habits that they were trying to break. Some of the habits in included drug and sexual abuse. Prior to the release of "Breaking the Habit" as a single, "Lying From You" was released to radios to serve as a radio-only single until "Breaking the Habit" was released.
Linkin Park then set off on its third Projekt Revolution tour. It would prove to be the band's most ambitious tour as it included two stages and what the band called the Revolution Village. The tour was very similar to the Ozzfest and the Vans Warped Tour. The main stage featured Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg, the Used and Less Than Jake while the second stage featured Ghostface, Funeral for a Friend, M.O.P., downset., No Warning, instruction and Autopilot Off. DJ Z-Trip also traveled with the tour, serving as the between-sets entertainment. During the hip-hop sets, Ivan the Urban Action Figure danced on stage. The Revolution Village featured tons of entertainment including video game kiosks, miniature skate parks, batting cages, remixing stages and more. Projekt Revolution 2004 ended up being the biggest-selling tour of the year.
At the end of 2004, Linkin Park announced a collaboration with Jay-Z at the request of MTV. The resulting EP, Collision Course, was released on November 30. It featured mashups of seven Linkin Park songs and six Jay-Z songs. The EP's first single, "Numb/Encore," peaked at number one on the charts and remained on the charts for six months. The EP itself debuted at number one on the charts.
The fourth edition of the LPU launched in November. The CD that shipped with the package featured two new songs; one was a roughly two-minute long instrumental piece called "Sold My Soul to Yo Mama" by Mr. Hahn, and the other being a song called "Standing in the Middle," a collaboration with Motion Man. "Standing in the Middle" was originally recorded in 2001 as a "practice" song for Reanimation. Motion Man was eventually featured on Kutmasta Kurt's reinterpretation of "In the End," "Enth E Nd."
2005: From The Rising Tied to the future
The year 2005 marked a rather quiet year for Linkin Park. The band established Music for Relief, an organization dedicated to helping those affected by the Boxing Day tsunami. It has since expanded to become a program dedicated to helping those affected by a number of natural disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The band played two shows in 2005, one in California for Music for Relief, and one during the Live 8 series of concerts.
In May, the band demanded to be released from its contract with Warner Brothers on the grounds of "a lack of confidence." The band is currently in negotiations with the label over a new record contract. Linkin Park has four albums left outstanding on its 2000 record contract.
In July, Shinoda announced a hip-hop side project, Fort Minor. Shinoda explained that Fort Minor was a way for him to return to his hip-hop roots. He wanted the record to feature some of his best and closest friends in the business, including Styles of Beyond, Black Thought of the Roots and Common.
About a month and a half before Fort Minor's album was set to be released, a song called "Remember the Name" was leaked onto the Internet. Because of this, Warner Brothers threatened the site and forced them to take the song off of their servers.
On October 30, a Fort Minor mixtape entitled DJ Green Lantern Presents Fort Minor: We Major was released onto the Internet. Fans of the project were sent searching all over the Web trying to find the mixtape before it was finally made public on Rap Basement. On November 22, The Rising Tied, Fort Minor's first album, was released. The album's first single, "Petrified," has yet to receive much airplay. Though the album has been praised by many hip-hop fans, the album failed to do well on the charts.
Bennington is also working on his own solo album with Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck of Orgy, who also play guitar on the album. Little is known about Bennington's side project other than its name, Snow White Tan. One of Snow White Tan's songs, "The Morning After," is a remake of a song that Bennington wrote before he joined Linkin Park. Bennington is also involved with Julien-K, a side project of Derakh and Shuck. It is unknown as to how exactly Bennington is involved. Bennington also has a cover band called Bucket of Weenies. During some shows that the band played, they covered Snow White Tan's "The Morning After." Snow White Tan's debut album is speculated to be released after Linkin Park's third studio effort.
The band's fifth installment of the LPU fan club launched on November 21. The CD shipping with the fifth fan club package will feature live tracks from the band's performance during Live 8.
Linkin Park have been writing and recording demos for its new album for the past couple of months. Shinoda's recently been quoted saying that he's got "[…] a demo of some new Linkin Park songs. I'm not making that up, either. I have to pull my CD changer magazine out when I get out of my car, in case it gets stolen—I couldn't let the LP stuff leak."  The band expects to release their new album some time next summer, though Shinoda states that new music could come sooner.
Rumors circulating that the band is breaking up are completely false, with Shinoda and Bennington both stating that their main focus will always be on Linkin Park, and will never be off of it. In fact, the album will likely come out in the Spring/Summer. LP has officially settled its dispute with Warner Brother Records. "We are glad to go back to the studio," says guitarist Brad Delson, "We're ready to put out a new album." Mike Shinoda says the band has been working on new material for quite some time but refuses to release any details. Expect the new album to come out some time in the spring or summer of '06.
In November, it was revealed by Dave "Phoenix" Farrell that Linkin Park had recorded a new song for the Machine Shop Mixtape series. The song has still yet to be heard.
Mike Shinoda was confirmed as the producer for the next Linkin Park CD in December. This was very good news to a lot of fans based on the fact that a lot of fans thought that the bands former producer, Don Gilmore, was ruining the band's sound. Shinoda produced the Hybrid Theory EP which is still being praised as Linkin Park's best work to date.
Albums and EPs
|1999||Hybrid Theory EP||-||-||independent release|
|2000||Hybrid Theory||2||4||Warner Brothers Records|
|2002||Hybrid Theory: Special Edition||-||-||Warner Brothers Records|
|2002||Reanimation||2||3||Warner Brothers Records/Machine Shop Recordings|
|2003||Meteora||1||1||Warner Brothers Records/Machine Shop Recordings|
|2003||Live in Texas||23||-||Warner Brothers Records/Machine Shop Recordings|
|2004||MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course (with Jay-Z)||1||15||Warner Brothers Records/Machine Shop Recordings/Roc-a-Fella Records|
LP Underground Bonus CDs
- Hybrid Theory EP (Re-issue) (2001, independent)
- LP Underground 2.0 EP (2002, Machine Shop Recordings)
- LP Underground 3.0 EP (2003, Machine Shop Recordings)
- LP Underground 4.0 EP (2004, Machine Shop Recordings)
- LP Underground 5.0 EP (2005, Machine Shop Recordings)
|Year||Song||US Hot 100||US Modern Rock||UK singles||Album|
|2001||"One Step Closer"||75||5||24||Hybrid Theory|
|2001||"In The End"||2||#1 (5 weeks)||8||Hybrid Theory|
|2003||"Somewhere I Belong"||32||#1 (5 weeks)||10||Meteora|
|2003||"Faint"||48||#1 (6 weeks)||15||Meteora|
|2003||"Numb"||11||#1 (12 weeks)||14||Meteora|
|2004||"Lying From You"||58||#1 (3 weeks)||-||Meteora|
|2004||"Breaking The Habit"||20||#1 (4 weeks)||39||Meteora|
|2004||"Numb/Encore" (with Jay-Z)||20||-||14||Collision Course|
- From Hybrid Theory
- "One Step Closer" (1999)
- "Crawling" (2001)
- "Papercut" (2001) (International)
- "In The End" (2001)
- "Points Of Authority (2001) (International) (Not Official)
- From The X-Ecutioners' Built From Scratch
- From Reanimation
- "Pts.Of.Athrty" (2002)
- "Kyur4 TH Ich" (Not Official)
- "WTH>You" (2002)
- "FRGT/10" (2002)
- From Meteora
- "Somewhere I Belong" (2003)
- "Faint" (2003)
- "Numb" (2003)
- "From The Inside" (2003) (International)
- "Breaking The Habit" (2004)
- From Collision Course
- "Numb/Encore" with Jay-Z (2004)
- "Izzo/In The End" with Jay-Z (2004) (Not Official)
- "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" with Jay-Z (2004) (Not Official)
- Linkin Park's official site
- Collision Course official site
- Projekt Revolution
- Linkin Park Underground
- Fort Minor
- Fort Minor Militia
- Most of the promotional videos can be seen exclusively with the "BTH LiveDesktop" downloadable at http://www.linkinpark.com/desktop/
- Linkin Park Forums
- LP Fuse
- Forfeit the Game: A Linkin Park Fansite
- The LP Times
- Linkin Park Association
- Linkin Park Chile
- Linkin Park Mongolia
- Linkin Park Street Team (Unofficial)
- Push Me Away
- Linkin Park World
- LP Alliance
- Linkin Park Bulgaria
- Linkin Park Zion - The Best Polish Sitebg:Linkin Park
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