Personalities | Linkin Park | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1996–present)

Other bands in the genre may be more acclaimed, and some more stylistically diverse, but Linkin Park – Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (MC), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave Farrell (bass), Joseph Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums) – are certainly the most successful in the nu metal sphere. Formed from the remains of various Californian college bands, the five-piece (initially called Hybrid Theory) signed to Warner Bros on the back of a home-produced demo.

As their line-up suggests, the band incorporate hip hop approaches to music into their heavy rock sound – and the formula works well. Each of their four studio albums since 2000 has reached the Top 3 in the US and their collaboration with rapper Jay-Z, Collision Course (2004), topped the chart while fusing their twin loves of hip hop and rock. In 2005, the band founded a charity for victims of Hurricane Katrina and played the ground-breaking Live 8 concert.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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