Very few bands have blended rap rock and nu metal so successfully and deftly as Linkin Park. The Grammy Award-winning band broke onto the scene with their unique sound with the release of Hybrid Theory in 2000. Since that time, Linkin Park has released three more studio albums, played numerous sold-out concert dates, and won countless awards. Linkin Park's latest album, the 2010 A Thousand Suns, marks the second record with producer Rick Rubin and the first concept album by the band. After eleven years of stardom, Linkin Park is continuing its seemingly never-ending success with twenty-two international tour dates in 2011.
Originally called Xero and Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park was signed to Warner Bros. in 1999 after vice-president Jeff Blue included their signing in his employment contract. A year later Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which launched them into super stardom. Almost unheard of for a debut album, Hybrid Theory reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and the single "Crawling" won a Grammy for Best hard Rock Performance. The successful debut was followed by a number of high-profile concert dates for Linkin Park, including the formation of their own Projekt Revolution tour.
Linkin Park's 2003 album, Meteora, combined the band's rap rock/nu metal sound with a number of obscure, experimental instruments. Critics and fans responded positively as the album shot to #1 on the Billboard charts and eventually went four times platinum. Instead of immediately starting work on a new album after promoting the previous, Linkin Park took a break. While on hiatus, members of the band played tour dates and engaged in various side projects before returning to the studio in 2006. During that time, they also released a successful mashup album with Jay-Z called Collision Course. Minutes to Midnight was released in 2007 and, despite even further experimentation away from nu metal, the album experienced similar success as the band's previous record.
Linkin Park's latest album, A Thousand Suns, is a concept album revolving around fears experienced by human beings in a modern technological society. However, it's technology that helps make Linkin Park concert dates so spectacular, including upcoming tour dates in 2011. Tour dates begin on June 4 in Irvine, California, at KROQ's annual Weenie Roast. Following a tour date in Mountain View the following day, Linkin Park will head to Europe to play concert dates beginning June 12. Linkin Park will perform a number of shows in Europe (particularly Germany), before heading to Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore. 2011 tour dates for Linkin Park will end on September 25 at the Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, so fans (especially in Asia), should buy tickets on Eventful asap.