Linkin Park Biography
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They're at it again! Chester, Mike and the rest of Linkin Park released another phenomenal album titled Meteora. Sophomore albums are famously tricky affairs. Musicians have their entire lives to pen their debut album, the theory goes, and a relatively short time to follow it up. But what if the debut in question is the biggest selling album in recent memory? And what if the music industry has Hollywood-like expectations for another instant blockbuster? That was the scenario Linkin Park faced when they entered the studio to record Meteora, the follow-up to their multi-platinum debut Hybrid Theory.
To those outside the band, the pressure to follow up that success might have seemed insurmountable. But within Linkin Park, vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, guitarist Brad Delson, turntablist Joseph Hahn, drummer Rob Bourdon, and bassist Phoenix weren't sweating it in ways you might expect. Instead of dwelling on outside expectations, they set to work, meticulously crafting each moment of each song to their own exacting standards. The bigger picture developed accordingly.
"We don't ever want to have the mindset where we need to sell 10 million albums each time out. That's ridiculous," says Bennington. "It's a blessing to sell that many albums; it doesn't happen very often in this business--even once in your career is an achievement. Our obligation is to our fans. We're not going to get too comfortable and say it's a given that people will run out and buy our albums." "And if you know us, you know the biggest pressure came from within the band," says Shinoda.
"We just wanted to make another great album that we're proud of," says Bourdon. "We focused on that, and worked hard to create songs we love. We're our own harshest critics." If you doubt that, consider this: Shinoda and Bennington wrote 40 unique choruses for Meteora's poignant first single, "Somewhere I Belong," before arriving at the best possible version.
The entire band, in fact, sounds more fully realized on Meteora. It's a rare achievement: A full integration of six members that still retains the unique qualities of each individual. The end result is the thumbprint style known as Linkin Park. "We don't really analyze the chemistry," says Bourdon. "We're just lucky and grateful that we found each other and that we work so well together."
"The collaborations are more seamless now," agrees Bennington. "Mike, for instance, knows more about me as a person, and I know more about him, so it's easier to write lyrics together. It's not possible to have secrecy in our relationship. You have to open up, because you want the other person to be on the same page. We're all that way with each other."
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As A Christian... | Reviewer: Adam Rock | 6/14/14
All I have to say is totally wow to everything I've ever listened to.
I once played in a band called Parallel Storm and we slightly tried to imitate these guys. Guess what, yup, we never came close.
LP's stellar thoughtful lyrics and music over the years could never compare to what we (Parallel Storm) could ever come up with. A shout out to a band that hit my heart more than enough times with emotion that called me to seek a better me.
Adam Rock, lead guitarist for "Stain Glass Mercy" and rhythm guitarist for "Parallel Storm"
LP persian FAN | Reviewer: Parham | 8/15/13
I learned to download in 2011 and this is the spark of my life:i downloaded IN THE END and made me crazyyy.i even sang it in the exams with my self!i still love LP and have learned 12 tracks from them to play on my Piano.I think these are their best records:the CATALYST-Burning in the skies-iridescent-when they come 4 me-place 4 my head-Faint-no more sarrow-castle of glass
.but thers a big problem 4 me & my friends,im in iran and cant go to their concerts and cant even buy their albums.ISLAM is just a SHIT!and LP is just the best in the Universe 4 ever.god help persians
Amazin' | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/22/12
'Linkin Park'. when u hear this name any where be sure dt u'r gona listn to their mesmerizin' song at nxt.
Thy r amazin'.
My favs frm LP r 'Numb', 'breaking the habit' & 'shadows of the day'. Amazin' voice, amazin' rap, amazin' looks, amazin' mixes everythin' 'abt thm is jst amazin.
Luv ya linkin Park! <3
Fan for 10 years and counting | Reviewer: Jen | 4/25/12
I cannot begin to express how deeply I respect Linkin Park and love their Music. When I went through my roughest times as a teen, and I felt like no one cared, I'd shut myself in my room and drown in their Meteora album. The pain-filled songs made me realize that if they wrote songs about things I've gone through, feelings that can only be expressed by those who have experienced them, then I'm not the only one who ever dealt with it. They made me realize that I'm not alone. Their Music gave me the will to keep going, no matter how much I wanted to give up. They have saved my life and changed it for the better.
I've been a die hard Linkin Park fan for ten years, and will be a fan until my dying day. ♥
S$s.....i'm listening to chester. | Reviewer: Sumit hates Sid and sid hates me | 9/11/11
Hi im sumeit. I luv thiz band very much.i waz totally numb when i listened .'numb'.u r the one who had made u smile.i hav bought ur every album.lp iz the world most rocking band.lado+puti.chik putilai chik.14inch penis 15inc vagina .u guys rock
Lp tilL i die \m/ | Reviewer: Rintu chaz | 6/13/11
guyz......i cant express how much i love LINKIN PARK...they r mah everyth'n...they r jus lyk DRUG fo me...i cant live a moMent widout LP...Lp yu change my Lyf....n Chester bennington the greatest vocalist in dis damn wOrld....the sng IN THE END i hear it everyday....LP yu r my god n chazzy toO\m/\m/
#1 .. (; | Reviewer: AyJayCMilesz | 5/24/11
L.P is the top number of my music list .. (:
i really hope they come to northamerica/ canada in manitobe because alot of fans have been getting together for the band to come out and rock our hearts out for the last time before the world ends and see if they can steal back my heart but for sure they are just by listening to there music. everytime i wish upon a star i wish they can meet&greet to me & my friends because i am the most biggest fan here in CrossLake,Mb ! <3
L.P 4 lyfe ! ;)
My Move | Reviewer: Insider | 12/23/10
I used to live in Florida and then we moved to Ohio. I used to be all country and pop, now with all of the things that has happened to me and my family, I turned to the rock and alterative side. In this change I've found bands like Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, but I don't are what anybbody else says! Linkin Park is my faveroite! As long as they decide to keep making the collest music ever, I will listen to it with my t shirts and posters.
great.............forever | Reviewer: sameer lias | 10/31/10
when i first listen the songs of this band i was really impresed and was so excited that i had tried to sing and dance as well to....so i love this band really from the deep of my heart....tooo.......................
i luv L.P.............L.P is the best band | Reviewer: vipul | 10/1/10
i am the biggest fan of linkin park because:
(1)in my pc there are only linkin park's wallpapers and song.
(2)i decorated my room with linkin park's posters and logos.
(3)my idol is chester bennington. i want to be like him.
(4)i have all songs of linkin park.
(5)i spend my all money i get just in buying linkin park's t-shirts.
the song i loved most is "easier to run" of the album "meteora".
i cant live a day in peace without listening linkin park's songs..................................
:) | Reviewer: NiKa | 4/27/10
for years I just heard the name: Linkin Park
never had chance to hear any songs
since then I just loved the name and was wondering how is their music...
but I don't know why I never could find anyone who got even a song!!
but finally by sudden I heard the songs In the end and Numb in one of my friends player..... I felt I loved the
songs... after that I just found their albums by sudden and well I can honetly say I fell in love with their music
and especially the lirycs... I love what they say and I feel what they say... I just understand the soul of the
songs... like talking of my thoughts!! I can't help listening LP... 'cause they're just great from begining to the
linkin park rocks | Reviewer: Arpan | 3/30/10
linkin park is the best basnd ever with chester as my favorite they together rock the song . Actually my dad & mom are also a fan of LP. im waiting for theie meteora after the fabolous hybrid theory.
LP RULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Maria | 3/9/10
TOP 5 REASONS Y IM A LP FAN
1)LP IS THE BEST BAND EVER
2)LP IS THE BEST AT MIXING ROCK ND RAP
3)FAINT IS ONE OF THE BEST SONGS EVER
4)SOLD MILLIONS OD CD'S
5)LP MADE ME POPULAR
TOP 5 REASONS Y IM THEY'RE BIGGEST FAN EVER!
1)I HAVE ALL THIER CD'S
2) I KNOW ALL OF THIER SONGS LYRICS BY HEART
3) I HAVE 4 LP HOODIES & 8 BAND TEES
4)MY MOM SAYS IM OBBSESSED W/ LP
5)I MADE MYSELF & LP POPULAR AT SCHOOL BY TALKING ABOUT THEM AT SCHOOL.
6) I DRAW LP LOGOS EVEYWHERE EVEN ON MY BESTIE'S FACE LOL
7)I CANNOT STAND A DAY W/OUT LP
8)I GOT CHESTER'S AND MIKE'S AUTOGRAPH ON MY CONVERSE
9)I DECORATED MY ROOM W/ POSTERS AND LP LOGOS
10)I FORCED MY DAD TO BUY ME A LP GUITAR PIC ( MY GUITAR ALSO HAS LP STICKERS ON IT)
i love linkin park!! | Reviewer: asael | 2/1/10
hey guys..im a great fan of LP.I've got almost all of the copies of their concerts worldwide..i hope they will have a concert here in the philippines.i love LP because of their songs and the words of it.hehe..
From an LP/Disturbed fan | Reviewer: J Steve | 1/27/10
I just gotta say, some reviews on here pissed me off. Linkin Park is one of the greatest bands of all time, and always will be. Everyone knows them, and they should. But their album Minutes to Midnight was like a big fat F'ing boulder in the middle of a nice smooth road. The fans that couldn't stand Minutes, can't stand it because it was like Linkin Park leaping to a whole new planet. I personally and disappointed with it.
Off the record, Limp Bizkit is beast. Disturbed is the best band on the PLANET!! And Slipknot is pretty good.
If you can't take Disturbed, you should kill yourself!!!!
Needless to say *cough*fagget*cough* Disturbed is my favorite band. LP is a close second though.
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