Linkin Park

From The Evanescence Reference
Linkin Park (pictured with Chester before his death)
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Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-Platinum in several other countries. Their following studio album Meteora continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work.

Having adapted nu metal and rap metal to a radio-friendly yet densely layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora, the band explored other genres on their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight (2007). The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third-best debut week of any album that year. The band continued to explore a wider variation of musical types in their fourth album, A Thousand Suns (2010), layering their music with more electronic sounds. Their fifth album, Living Things (2012), combines musical elements from all of their previous records. Their sixth album, The Hunting Party (2014), returned to a heavier rock sound. Their seventh album One More Light, a more electronic and pop-oriented record, was released on May 19, 2017.

Evanescence have been compared to them in terms of sound, especially for Bring Me to Life. It's mentioned that Linkin Park were an inspiration whilst they were recording Fallen. Both bands were in the same studio when they were recording Fallen and Meteora.

In an interview with Revolver magazine in 2004, lead singer, Chester Bennington, talked about meeting Evanescence in the studio, and how Amy explained to him that their label tried to make them sound like Linkin Park;[1]

Vin1.jpg I met [Evanescence] in the studio when they were recording their record. We were both recording in the same building. I was talking to [Amy Lee]. And she was nice. She said, 'We're having these problems. Everyone at our label wants us to be you.' I told her that's lame. She agreed. She said they went as far as wanting to ask Mike [Shinoda] to do a part on a song. She said, 'We knew he wouldn't do it.' So they're running around trying to get guys in other bands to do it like he would. ' I told her to be herself and tell the label to put it where the sun doesn't shine. But the next thing I heard was 'Bring Me to Life' with a guy that sounded just like Mike. It was a little upsetting. Vin2.jpg

Chester died by suicide on July 20, 2017. Evanescence's song, Imperfection, is partly inspired by the event as Amy explained that the song is about "for all the people we’ve lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression."

This is what Amy posted on Evanescence's Facebook page after Chester's death was confirmed:

Vin1.jpg -life vs death-

STOP. Please. Listen. We have to rise up against this depression together. We are literally killing ourselves. Hope is alive. It's in all of us. We just have to trust it. Quiet your cynisicm, stop hating yourself. Open your broken heart to the people around you. You ARE worth fighting for. Talk to someone if you feel alone or crazy or sad. 3am. Fine. Your life is worth a billion times more than somebody being inconvenienced. You are more than what you DO. You just as you, right now, apart from your job, your creations, your productivity, the role you play-JUST YOU is enough. Your life IS worth living, don't kid yourself. Human life is the most precious thing on earth, and there's no two of us the same. You are the ONLY you, and you are beautiful, unique. You are NOT alone- we are all hurting and sometimes feel like we don't know how the fuck we're going to get through another day of whatever we're going through. But I'll tell you this from experience, TONIGHT IS NOT FOREVER. Don't throw it all away when you don't even know what tomorrow is. This is not the end of the story. Love is the answer. You're not selfish or vain or a bitch to love something about yourself. You're not stupid to see something in yourself you want others to see. You are worthy. You are precious. And if you back out on life, you'll never get to see all that you are capable of, all that life has to show you. You have no idea what things will look like in 5 years, and it goes by in a BLINK. Hold on. Don't envy the outpouring of love and grief for those we've lost. They're gone and we're all devastated. You wouldn't even be here to see us mourning you. Whether you realize it or not, people are counting on you. The incredible pain your mother, your brother, your friends would feel if you ended your life- the damage you would do in their lives if you did- they would never be the same. You don't want to do that to anyone. Be patient, be strong, call somebody. We all have to endure impossibly hard things sometimes. Sometimes that awful phase seems like it's going to go on forever. It's not. It's ok to be tired, desperately sad, lonely and lost. That's human. We need each other to get through it. The love we can feel through the communion of that almost unspeakable brokenness, once finally confessed, is surprisingly beautiful, and refreshingly real. People need people. It's time to help each other up. We are all here, bracing ourselves against the same shitstorm. You're not alone. Don't give up. You're not trapped, you're free if you say you are. Just stand up and run. Scream if you need to. Just hang on. Please, for the love of God hang on. We need you.[2]


In a 2018 interview with SiriusXM, Mike Shinoda mentioned how he was asked if he wanted to feature on Bring Me to Life and why he turned it down;

Vin1.jpg I remember when Evanescence first came out, somebody from the record label said, "Do you want to be on this other band's song? They have this song with a singer - a female singer - and there's like, a rap part." And I turned it down without having even known anything about the band, I didn't know anything about the band, and we didn't have anything to do with them. But I just - I just knew that, like, I did my thing in my band, and I didn't want to do my thing in another band. And when I ended up hearing the song, I went "Oh, I get it. I get why they wanted me on that song. Like, that would have sounded cool." I still - I didn't want to do it, because I think, like, they have their own thing and the hardest part for Evanescence was probably growing out of that moment, which they did gracefully. Part of it is just due to the fact that at the time, you know, they were writing cool stuff, and Amy's voice is just a great voice. I mean, she's just got a very powerful voice.[3] Vin2.jpg

On September 3, 2020, Mike Shinoda livestreamed a fan request of a mash-up between Linkin Park's song In the End, Evanescence and Christmas music. He mentioned that he will add vocals if Amy Lee agrees to record them. [4]

During Evanescence's Fall 2021 tour, they covered Linkin Park's song, Heavy, with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.

Band Members


  • Mike Shinoda – vocals, rap vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Brad Delson – lead guitar
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell – bass guitar
  • Joe Hahn – turntables, sampling, programming
  • Rob Bourdon – drums, percussion


  • Chester Bennington – lead vocals, occasional rhythm guitar and backing vocals (1999–2017; died 2017)
  • Kyle Christner – bass (1998–1999)
  • Mark Wakefield – lead vocals (1996–1998)


  • Hybrid Theory (2000)
  • Meteora (2003)
  • Minutes to Midnight (2007)
  • A Thousand Suns (2010)
  • Living Things (2012)
  • The Hunting Party (2014)
  • One More Light (2017)