Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. At first the band had only three members Delson, Rob Bourdon, and Mike Shonda, they recorded and produced their first songs in vocalist/emcee Mike Shonda’s bedroom studio, resulting in a four track demo tape. The demo tape had the following songs, Stick N’ Move, Fuse, Reading My Eyes, and Rhinestone. Delson and Mike Shonda had attended high school together in Southern Carlifornia, where they met Rob Bourdon (the band’s drummer). After graduating from high school they recruited Mark Wakefield, Joe Hahn, and Dave “Phoenix” Farrell. After high school Mike Shonda studied at Art Center College in Pasadena where he met DJ Joseph Hahn (turntablist), and Delson joined UCLA, where he shared an apartment with bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell.
The band had was initially called Super Xero, and then simply Xero. Frustrations and tension within the band grew after the band failed to get a record deal. The stalemate in progress and lack of success prompted Mark Wakefield who was at that time the band’s vocalist, to leave the band. Dave “Pheonix” Farrell also left to tour with other bands. Chester Bennington, an Arizona native who had started making records when he was 16, then joined the band as Wakefields replacement. Bennington had been referred to the band by Jeff Blue who was the vice president of Zomba Music. They changed the band’s name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. The new vocal chemistry between Bennington and Mike Shinoda helped in reviving the band, they then changed the band’s name from Hybrid Theory to Lincoln Park. However, despite making the above changes the band was still unable to sign a record deal. Linkin Park had been rejected by numerous record labels, these includes Warner Bros records on three previous reviews. The band turned to Jeff Blue, who was now the vice president of Warner Bros Records for additional help. Jeff Blue helped them sign a deal with Warner Bros Records, and they released their breakthrough album Hybrid Theory.
Since releasing Hybrid Theory the band has released the following albums, Meteora, Collusion Course, Minutes To Midnight, A Thousand Suns, Reanimation, Living Things, Recharged, Live In Texas, and Road To Revolution.