Linkin Park Biography
Three friends that attended Agoura High School together in Agoura Hills, California in 1996 formed the band. Mike Shinda, Brad Delson, and Rob Bourdon started their dream. When they became serious about forming their band, they recruited Joe Hahn, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, and Mark Wakefield to perform in their band then called Xero. Not having much money or resources they started their first album out of Shinoda’s bedroom studio. Not being able to land any deals the tension between the members grew. Soon Wakefield, their lead singer left the band. This soon led to Farrell also leaving to perform with other bands. Of course, with their dream still at hand they had to do some recruiting for new members and soon found Arizona vocalist Chester Bennington. Bennington was formerly with a band named Grey Daze and had a unique and vivid singing style. His style along with Shinoda’s helped bring the group back up and running. At this point, they decided they needed a name change and they came up with Linkin Park. Homage to Santa Monica’s Lincoln Park. They finally signed with Warner Brothers records and released their breakthrough Album, “Hybrid Theory” the next year.
They have gone on to have many successful singles such as, “In the End”, “Numb”, and “What have I Done?” They have also done songs with Jay-Z. The latest album, “Minutes to Midnight” was released in May of 2007, which has already sold 625,000 in their first week.
After touring for a while, they returned to the studio to work on another album. They worked 14 months on “Minutes to Midnight” and finally released it in May 2007. The single off the album, “What Have I Done” was released in April and premiered on MTV and Fuse during the same week. It hit the Billboards Hot 100 days after it debuted and was top ranked on Billboards Modern rock tracks and mainstream Rock tracks charts.
Linkin Park Songs. MP3 & Video
What I’ve Done Music Video