They started out as Xero with Mike, Rob, Brad, Joe, and Phoenix, but then they changed it after Chester joined to Hybrid Theory. They got into a minor legal dispute about their name with another band, so they changed to Lincoln Park, and then they changed the spelling so they could afford their own website. They used Hybrid Theory as the title to their first album.
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Many states have a Lincoln Park. This led many people to believe they were a local band when they toured in these areas. They are named after the Lincoln Park in their hometown of Santa Monica, California.
Warner Brothers rejected the band three times before they finally signed them.
They don't swear in most of their songs. They feel there are better ways to get their message across. Their third album, Minutes To Midnight
, earned the band their first Parental Advisory label due to profanity on a few tracks (such as Bennington's f-bombs on "Given Up
Delson wears headphones when he plays to protect his hearing.
In 2004, Shinoda launched the hip-hop side project Fort Minor and released the popular songs "Remember The Name
" and "Where'd You Go
." He explained the project's name to Antimusic
: "'Fort' represents the more aggressive side of the music. 'Minor' can mean a few things: if you're talking about music theory, the minor key is darker. I wanted to name the album rather than having my name on the cover, because I want people to focus on the music, not me."
Shinoda is a distant relative of the Russian composer Tchaikovsky.
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In 2002, they started Projekt Revolution, a tour made up of diverse acts like Cypress Hill, Mudvayne, KoRn, Snoop Dogg and Chris Cornell. The tour ran annually until 2004, and started up again in 2007.
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Phoenix's real name is David Farrell. He chose the nickname for himself while playing in his first band in high school, the Christian rock and ska group Tasty Snax, and it stuck. He even has two phoenix tattoos on his back.
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Bennington was the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
When they finally got a record deal with Warner Bros., the label got cold feet about backing a rap-rock band. They tried to oust Shinoda by convincing Bennington he could be the star. Luckily, the guys were certain they had something special with their lineup.
Their first tour was not a great experience. They traveled with another band, The Union Underground, that wouldn't acknowledge them or let them use any of the dressing rooms, everyone got sick and was vomiting between sets, and Chester Bennington was hospitalized with a poisonous spider bite. On top of that, they did it for free so they didn't even make a dime.
Because the band became popular so fast and didn't look like their metal contemporaries, the music press suggested Linkin Park was a manufactured group and likened them to a boy band. When the Hybrid Theory
," won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, the band felt vindicated.
Bennington committed suicide on July 20, 2017, two months after the band released their seventh studio album, One More Light
. Many of Linkin Park's songs, such as "Crawling," "Breaking The Habit
," and "Heavy
," were influenced by the singer's struggles with depression and addiction.
Joe Hahn directs most of the band's music videos. In 2014, he directed the movie The Mall, which features the Linkin Park tune "White Noise."
Bourdon decided to become a drummer at 10 years old after seeing Aerosmith in concert. Because his mom was friends with the band's drummer, Joey Kramer, Bourdon was able to go backstage and Kramer gifted him a kick pedal.
Delson was an extra in the 1991 movie Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
Before his Linkin Park fame, Bennington worked at Burger King.