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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;
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:
|-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.
- 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)