A few things you may not have known about Linkin Park
Linkin Park are one of the most successful rock bands since their release of the first album in 2000 and they released their sixth studio album recently. This band was founded by three highschool friends: Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson. This was later joined by the well renowned Chester Bennington. They have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, gone platinum, won Grammy Awards and are a lovely band to listen to.
Here are 11 things you may not have known about Linkin Park
1. The band had two incarnations before they where named what they are now. The first incarnation was called Xero which did not include Chester Bennington. The second incarnation was called Hybrid Theory which didn't last but was used as an album name for their breakthrough album.
2. The name actually supposed to be Lincoln Park, a play on and homage to Santa Monica's Lincoln Park. However, they changed it to 'Linkin' as they couldn't afford the domain name 'lincolnpark.com'. Guess everything happens for a reason, Lincoln Park doesn't have a ring to it. They could definitely afford it now, we have thank the people who put a high price for that domain.
3. Chester Bennington worked at Burger King in 1996. Meanwhile, Brad Delson was a bouncer at a nightclub called The Roxy during the early days of the band. Who knew it? That fact just proves that anyone can achieve anything. You just have to work very hard.
4. Their first ever gig was at The Whiskey a Go Go. Whiskey a Go Go is a night club in West Hollywood, California. It is at 8901 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip if anyone's a hardcore Linkin Park fan and plan on visiting their starting stage. In 2006, the venue was included into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
5. Chester Bennington is one of the most accidental prone dudes you will know. He has been through spider bite. He was bitten by one of the most venomous spiders, the recluse spider. He pulled his back out picking up his luggage, tore a ligament while playing basketball and broke his wrist due to a stage dive in 2007.
6.Mike Shinoda started writing articles for The Big Issue in September 2012 and was the publication's US election correspondent. From journalist to famous musician! Anything is possible these days. Rappers and other boy bands these days mostly sing about girls and we have Mike Shinoda doing something big. This guy is a role model!
7. Linkin Park were the first rock band to achieve over one billion hits on YouTube. They hit the landmark with their 2009 single 'New Divide', which acted as the lead-off single to the Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen soundtrack scoring 131 million views on its own.
8. At the time of Chester and his ex-wife's wedding, they were too poor to afford rings as he was working in Burger King at that time, so instead they got matching tattoos on their ring fingers. How romantic and painful at the same time?! Let's take our time to appreciate this guy for coming up with this idea. But in the end it didn't even matter!
9. A graphic designer by trade, Mike Shinoda designed the album cover of Hybrid Theory. Such Talent! Much rap! Wow!
10. The band was turned down 44 times before they were finally signed by Warner Brothers, who had turned them down three times beforehand. Talk about persistence! We would most probably give on the 35th time mostly. Guess Patience is the key to success. We are just happy that Warner Brother Music let them keep their music real!
11. Chester Bennington's favourite song is Breaking the Habit and his least favourite was 'One Step Closer'. In our opinion both songs are amazing!
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