Linkin Park is a truly unique band. They are not just Rock, Rap, or Electronica band. They comprimise of a veritable mixture of different styles and stylists in music, This makes them a hybrid in the type of music they play and their fan-base too. We are true lovers of Linkin Park
Linkin Park's origin began in 1996 when rapper guitarist Brad Delson and the infamouis Mike Shinoda started a band called Xero. Other members of the band were Mark Wakefield the vocalist, Joseph Hahn the DJ, Rob Bourdon the drummer, and "Phoenix" Farrell the bassist. Xero made a four track demo tape including: Fuse, Stick N' Move, Rhinestone, and Reading My Eyes.
When Mark Wakefield left the band, they changed their name to Hybrid Theory. Later "Phoenix" chose to leave the band to tour with another band, called"The Snax". The rest of the gang continued to play together primarily for fun. They later, signed with Zomba Music an occasion that came about when they played at The Whiskey Club in Los Angeles. The final addition to the band came in the form of Chester Bennington.
Magical Chester, in our humble opinion, was absolutely the missing catalyst. His extra-ordinary voice lets him deliver the lyrics at a gentle yet aggressive pace. He can hit pitch notes like no other. Chester humbly even blames this on "years of singing" and "scar tissue". We absolutely love him.
His arrival completed the Band. Thus in 1999 Carousel, And One, Technique, Step up, High Voltage & Part of me were born as a six track EP, to tremendous applause.
Some legal wrangling made it necessary to change the band's name. True to their "hybrid' spirit Linkin Park was chosen. Members drove by Lincoln Park regularly so why not use a similar sounding, unique name. Chester has been recorded to say he wanted a name which was unique, "where the music could define the name rather than the name define the music". Phoneix pulled a mythical rebirth and rejoined the band fulfilling his destiny. New demos were made and the chase for a record label was on. Warner Records were lucky to hear the music, like it and sign up Linkin Park. A massive page in their history was written.
Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory In October 2000,. Hits like One Step Closer, Crawling, and In The End were born. Hybrid Theory eventually received 8x platinum. Hybrid Theory does not follow a trend set up by a lot of other bands in that it doesn't contain any curses or swear words. This was because the band wanted to write lyrics honestly and they thought that unnecessary swear words take away attention from the music. They wanted something that the public could listen to over and over again and enjoy repeatedly. At it's completion they felt they had achieved this feat with Hybrid Theory.
After Hybrid Theory was released, Linkin Park's fame permitted them to tour all over the world. They toured with bands like POD, 3 Doors Down, and System Of a Down.
July of 2002, saw LP release the Hybrid Theory Remix album, Reanimation. These remixes included talent from rappers like Black Thought and 20 tracks were cut.
In March of 2003, LP released their 2nd year album, Meteora. This album includes hits like Somewhere I Belong, Numb,, and Faint. Included on Meteora and Reanimation were ground breaking extras. They contained enhanced portions. These parts of the discs included videos and other extra 'goodies" fans could view on their PC. The band wanted to use technology and let the fans to see the process of making albums . This helped them share all the "Blood, Sweat and Tears," they put into making the albums .
Linkin Park has won numerous awards including an award at the VMAs. Their popularity has grown world-wide. They are now truly international with a multitude of fans. From their hybrid genres to their non offensive swear-free lyrics, to their use of turntables and samples, Linkin Park cover a truly versatile ground and provide an entertaining and unique performance