Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist Mike Shinoda, bassist Dave Farrell, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson and keyboardist Joe Hahn. Formed in 1996, they achieved mainstream success with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries.
The band has released seven studio albums to date: Hybrid Theory (2000), Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014) and One More Light (2017). Linkin Park has sold over 100 million records worldwide, becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Here are five secrets about this rock band:
1. Linkin Park’s original name was Xero, which they changed to Hybrid Theory before settling on their current name.
Linkin Park was initially called Xero, after a character in the comic book series WildC.A.T.s by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi. After releasing their first album, they changed the name to Hybrid Theory until finally deciding on Linkin Park in 2000.
2. The band made its debut with an EP titled “Hybrid Theory” that contained only six tracks.
Though the EP contained just six tracks, it was enough for the band to make an impression on listeners when it was released in 1999. It featured some of their most popular songs such as “One Step Closer” and “Papercut”, which set them up for success when their debut album Hybrid Theory debuted a year later.
3. Linkin Park had their own video game, “Linkin Park: Recharged.”
Linkin Park released their own video game in 2013 titled “Linkin Park: Recharged”. The game was available on both Android and iOS platforms and allowed players to create their own music with the band’s songs as a base.
4. Each of the band members has a specific nickname among each other.
All of the band members have been friends since they were very young, so it is no surprise that they all have nicknames for each other. Mike Shinoda is known as ‘Shin’, Brad Delson is called ‘Lil’ Brad’, Dave Farrell goes by ‘Phoenix’ and Rob Bourdon is known as ‘Big Rob’.
5. The members of Linkin Park have individually branched out into different areas of music and entertainment.
While the band is known for their hard rock sound, each of the members has also pursued individual projects outside of the group in other genres such as hip-hop, electronic and film scoring. Mike Shinoda was involved in a collaboration with Jay-Z titled Collision Course, Joe Hahn directed the movie Mall which stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Dave Farrell started a side project called The Black Clouds. Linkin Park’s ability to stay versatile has allowed them to remain relevant throughout the years.
These five secrets about Linkin Park help to illustrate the depth of the band’s influence and why they have been able to remain successful over the past two decades. With their blend of rock, hip-hop and electronic music, Linkin Park has made an impact on generations of music lovers around the world. Their longevity is a testament to their craftsmanship and creativity.