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At a time when heavy music was undergoing a major transition, due to the competing forces of ‘90s grunge and emerging nu-metal, Linkin Park combined both influences with added hip hop elements and proceeded to conquer the world nearly overnight with what they called their ‘Hybrid Theory.’ This was of course the title given the first album released in 2000 by the group, which had been formed in Agoura Hills, California, around 1996, by Mike Shinoda (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards) and Brad Delson (gui-tar, bass), prior to recruiting Chester Bennington (lead vocals), Joe Hahn (turntables, sampling) and Rob Bourdon (drums). A runaway success, ‘Hybrid Theory’ spun off four chart-dominating singles and immediately established Linkin Park as the new millennium’s first rising stars, as it went on to earn a rare Diamond award for U.S. sales in ex-cess of ten million albums, and an estimated 17 million more, worldwide. In the meantime, Linkin Park proved their mettle as performers by packing arenas and stadiums all over the world — then they defeated the infamous sophomore slump by shifting some 20 million copies of 2003’s ‘Meteora,’ and another 15 million of 2007’s Rick Rubin-produced third album, ‘Minutes to Midnight.’ Linkin Park began experimenting with their signature sound on 2010’s increasingly electronic ‘A Thousand Suns,’ which drew critical comparisons to Radiohead, but they brought more guitars into 2012’s ‘Living Things’ and especially 2014’s back-to-basics ‘The Hunting Party’ — all of which earned merely Gold certifications in America, but once again sold millions of composite copies across the globe. It’s fair to assume that the group will continue to concentrate on this interna-tional fan base as they carry on developing their hybrid sound in intriguing new directions.

   
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park / Stone Temple Pilots)
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Watch Chester Bennington Sing Song About Unicorns and Lollipops Backstage Before Linkin Park Show

Linkin Park shared one of their favorite memories of Chester Bennington.

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YouTube

Papa Roach Offer ‘In the End’ Onstage Salute to Chester Bennington

During a recent show in Vienna, Austria, Papa Roach saluted Chester Bennington with a piece of Linkin Park's 'In the End' as part of their song 'Forever.'

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Alberto E. Rodriguez / D Dipasupil, Getty Images

Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch Thanks Linkin Park for ‘Forgiveness, Understanding + Grace’ Over Reaction to Chester Bennington’s Death

Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch has thanked Linkin Park for their forgiveness and grace after his comments about suicide following Chester Bennington's death.

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Jay-Z on Chester Bennington’s Death: ‘Money or Fame, That Doesn’t Mean Anything if You’re Not Happy Inside’

Watch Jay-Z talk at length about the effect of Chester Bennington's death, as well as a performance of his Linkin Park collaboration 'Numb/Encore.'

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Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, System of a Down Members + More Join Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Memorial Show

Members of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, System of a Down and many more will join Linkin Park at their Hollywood Bowl celebration of Chester Bennington.

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Mike Shinoda Reveals Rick Rubin Encouraged Linkin Park’s Upcoming Chester Bennington Tribute Concert

Find out how the legendary producer helped encourage the band in their time of need.

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Photo by James Minchin
Photo by James Minchin

Linkin Park Announce Hollywood Bowl Concert to Honor Chester Bennington, Release ‘One More Light’ Video

Linkin Park and friends will honor Chester Bennington during a Hollywood Bowl show and the band has just released the video for 'One More Light.'

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Isaac Brekken, Getty Images

Chester Bennington’s Widow, Sons Offer Personal Video, Artwork + Commentary During National Suicide Prevention Week

Chester Bennington's sons and widow have offered commentary, videos and artwork during National Suicide Prevention Week.

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YouTube

Chester Bennington’s Son Draven Films Spot for Suicide Prevention Week

The Linkin Park singer's 15-year-old son makes a pledge and offers a challenge in a new video for Suicide Prevention Week.

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Gustavo Caballero / Rich Fury, Getty Images

Steve Aoki Releases ‘Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds’ Chester Bennington Tribute Remix

Steve Aoki combined 'Darker Than Blood' and 'The Light That Never Comes' into one tribute remix for Chester Bennington with proceeds aiding Music for Relief.

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