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Linkin Park Biography

Old-school hip-hop, traditional classic rock, and spooling
electronic vibes were the initial factors behind the building
of the alternative metal quintet, Linkin Park . The band´s
southern Californian musical roots were also an underlying basis,
for drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, and MC/vocalist
Mike Shinoda formed a tight friendship while still in high school.
Shortly after graduation, art student and DJ Joseph Hahn hooked
up with bassist Dave´Phoenix´Farrell and Shinoda for the band,
Xero. Hybrid Theory came later, but the band opted on the name
Linkin Park when singer Chester Bennington was the last piece
added to the band in 1999. Soon the band became a noticeable
face at the Whisky as well as favorites in and around Los Angeles.
Zomba Music´s Jeff Blue was one of the few who didn´t turn the
band down for a contract at the turn of the millennium -
Linkin Park signed to Warner Bros. after being turned down
three times in late 1999 and got to work on their debut album.
Taking a piece from their past, they named the album
Hybrid Theory . It was released in fall 2000 and it showcased
their likes for fellow alternative acts such as the Deftones ,
the Roots , Aphex Twin , and Nine Inch Nails .
The Dust Brothers also collaborated on the record, as well
as producer Don Gilmore ( Pearl Jam , Eve 6 , Tracy Bonham ).
Singles such as´Crawling´and´One Step Closer´were massive radio
hits and video favorites among the TRL crowd on MTV.
Joint tours with Family Values and the Project:
Revolution Tour with Cypress Hill led the band to play 324
shows in 2001. Linkin Park was in demand. Come January 2002,
Hybrid Theory received three Grammy nominations
for´Best Rock Album´and´Best New Artist. ´A month later,
Linkin Park walked away with an award for´Best Hard Rock
Performance´for´Crawling. ´They spent the remainder of the
year hold up in the studio, again working with Gillmore,
recording a follow-up to their eight times platinum debut
Hybrid Theory . Linkin Park ´s sophomore effort Meteora
was released in March 2003; the first single´Somewhere I
Belong´was an instant hit. The second annual Projekt
Revolution tour got underway in spring 2003 with Linkin
Park joining Mudvayne, Xzibit and Blindside; Summer
Sanitarium dates with Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne and
the Deftones followed in July and August.

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