Rock today is on everyone’s playlists, from light rock like Bon Jovi to heavier bands like Lamb of God and so on. But there was a time when pop dominated all of our lives, especially the 90s kids, we loved our Brittney, Backstreet Boys, Westlife, etc was our go to music. Until that faithful day when that one friend handed you a mixtape or that mp3 cd that had this song called “In the end” or “One step closer”. At that moment you knew you had discovered something new, something different, something heavier than the usual. Before we were told rock is noise, but this seemed to be anything but that. With those shrieks, turntables and guitar riffs, we wondered who were these people who created such magic. Thus you discovered Linkin Park.
As the title suggests, Linkin Park is that band that gives you a small look into the glorious world of rock. Founded by Mike Shinoda and later recruiting Chester Bennington, the band launched their first album, Hybrid Theory from which all our favourite songs hit the scene. Everyone instantly fell in love with the album and had it on their then mp3 players. It was that album that kept us headbanging and showed us what good rock can do for everyone. Then they hit the scene with Meteora which was an instant hit with everyones all-time favourite “Numb” and the lesser known “Faint”. After that they produced album after album with a change in the sounds of the vocals but still the same Linkin Park sound. From Minutes to Midnight to One more light, fans were never disappointed. It was only when the world lost Chester we truly looked back at the genius that was Linkin Park. To know the entire band will never play together again or we will never ever see them live in India, our hearts broke even more. The world lost a brilliant musician that day, for now all we would love to say is thank you Linkin Park and thank you Chester for giving us music that will delight generation after generation! Your music will always live on.
For introducing us to rock, for giving us years of brilliant music and for everything in the middle, Linkin Park is still the first rock band for most of us. Here’s some merch to remember them by and let’s all turn up our volumes and play “In the end” again in tribute.