The band was founded in the year 1996 by three friends Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda and Rob Bourdon in Agoura Hills California. Linkin Park over the years has branched into other genres as well and the band’s music includes not only alternative metal but also nu metal, rap metal, rap rock. In the first few years the band tried to get a record deal with companies but their music did not click with famous labels. In the meantime some band members got pretty dishearten and left Linkin Park. After recording more material and continuous negotiations with Jeff Blue who was at that time the vice president of music giant Warner Bros, Linkin Park finally got the breakthrough they were looking for, Hybrid Theory
their debut album was released.
was released in the year 2000 and it was a super doper hit, stunning alternative rock fans as well as the critics. The album broke sales record in various countries and landed at #2 on charts in the US, Germany, Australia and Austria. It also went to the #1 slot on New Zealand and #4 on UK Charts. The album was certified Diamond in US and 5x Platinum in Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. It was named seventh top-selling album of 2000s and the first week sales crossed the 800,000 mark.
continued their success by releasing Meteora
in 2003 which was yet another superb effort from the group. The album became the third highest-selling album of the year, this was Linkin Park’s first album ever to land at top slot on charts all over the world in countries such as US, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, Belgium and Austria. Meteora
went 4x Platinum in Australia, US and Canada, 2x Platinum in New Zealand and UK. The band released their third album Minutes to Midnight
after a gap of four years in 2007 and continued their success journey. Minutes to Midnight
proved to be yet another super hit album as it sold over 600,000 copies in the very first week and raced to the #1 position on US Charts as well as Germany, Japan, Italy, Australia, UK and Ireland. It again got 2x Platinum certification in the US, Australia, Austria and New Zealand.
In the year 2010, Linkin Park
released their fourth studio album A Thousand Suns
, this album was not able to impress the audience as in the past and its first week sales were half than the bands last album. This album still managed to land at top position on US, Australian and Austrian Charts and also earned Gold certification in Japan, UK, US and Austria. It went Platinum in Canada, Germany and Australia. Some of Linkin Park’s Platinum certified singles are "Numb", "Numb/Encore (with Jay-Z)", "Bleed it Out", "Shadow of the Day", "New Divide" (from the motion picture soundtrack of Transformers 2).
Linkin Park’s current line-up consists of Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad Delson (backing vocal and lead guitar), Dave Phoenix Farrell (bass guitar), Joe Hahn (sampling, keyboards and turntables) and Mike Shinoda (production, rhythm guitars and keyboards). Linkin Park is placed at #3 after Oasis and Cold Play on MTV list of best new millennium bands.
Linkin Park is surely amongst the most popular alternative metal bands nowadays and it has played a vital role in making rap metal and nu metal famous all over the world. You must see this great band live and the best way to enjoy the evening is by getting affordable Linkin Park Tickets
for a rocking evening!