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History Of The Band Linkin Park

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Linkin Park is a new metal band from Los Angeles, California. It has been an active band since 1996. Their labels are Warner Brothers Records and Machine Shop Recordings. The six members are Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Joseph Hahn, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, and Dave Farrell. Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson recorded the band's first material in 1996. The two had attended high school together, where they met the band's drummer, Rob Bourdon. Mike Shinoda hooked up with DJ Joseph Hahn while studying illustration at Art Center College in Pasadena. Meanwhile, attending UCLA, Brad Delson shared an apartment with bassist Dave Farrell, who left the band after college and returned a year later. At this point, they named themselves Xero and recorded several demo tracks. They never got signed. Then Mike Shinoda decided to hire a vocalist, and put out an ad. They got Chester Bennington, an Arizona native who started making records when he was 16. Once he joined the band, they changed their name to Hybrid Theory.
In mid-1999, only one thousand copies of Hybrid Theory EP were made and sold. The band was signed to Warner Brothers in 1999. However, they were forced to change their name again due to another copyright issue with a British electronic group called Hybrid. There were several suggestions for the band's new name, including Clear (the band's favorite), Probing Lagers, Ten P.M. Stocker (because they would record every night at 10 P.M. at a place on Stocker Street) and Platinum Lotus Foundation. Chester Bennington eventually suggested the use of Lincoln Park because he would drive by Lincoln Park on his way to the recording studio every day when the band was recording demos for its debut album. He thought that it would be a good name for the band because there are Lincoln Parks all over the country. He figured that the band would be recognized as a local band no matter where they went. He also liked it because the name had no meaning, allowing the music to describe itself. However, since the domain name "lincolnpark.com" was already taken and the band couldn't afford to purchase it, they changed the spelling from "Lincoln" to "Linkin" so they could purchase the domain name "linkinpark.com". However, it has also been said that the name 'Linkin Park' was suggested so that the band would appear right next to Limp Bizkit at record stores.
On October 24, 2000, Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, was...

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