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History of Linkin Park

LINKIN PARK History

LINKIN PARK is an american rock band from Aqoura hills, california. Since their formation in 1996, the band sold more than 50 million copies.

Originaly consisting of three close high school friends from Agoura high school, Linkin Park foundation was anchored by Mike shinoda, Brad delson and Rob bourdon. After guarating from high school, the agoura hills natives later began to take their musical interests more seriously, recruiting Joe hahn, Dave 'Phoenix' farrel and Mark wakefield to perform in their band, then titled Xero.

Though limited in resources, the band began recording and producing songs within Shinodas make-shift bedroom studio in 1996. Tensions and frustration within the band began to increase after the band failed to land a record deal. The lack sucsess stalemate in progress prompted wakefield, at that time the bands vocalist, to leave the band in search for other project. Later, Farrel would also leave the band in order to tour with Tasty Snax and other bands.

After spending considerable time searching for wakefields surrogate, Xero, now known as Hybrid Theory, recruited Arizonian vocalist Chester Bennington. jeff blue, the vice president of Zomba music, reffered Bennington to the band in March 1999. Bennington, formerly of Grey Daze, became a stand out among applicants for his unique and vivid singing style.
The new born chemistry between Chester and Shinoda helped revive the band, inciting them to work on new material.

The band renaissance culminated with a change in name : from Hybrid Theory, the band changed their name to LINKIN PARK, a play on and homage to Santa Monica's Lincon Park. However, despite these changes, the band still struggled to sign a record deal.

After facing numerous rejections from several major record labels, Linkin Park turned to Jeff blue for additional help, after failing to catch Warner Bros record on three previous reviews, Jeff Blue, now the vice president of Warner Bros record, helped the band sign a deal with the company in 1999. Now aside with Warner Bros records, the band realised their Breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, the following year.


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