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This Los Angeles, California, USA-based outfit earned the rather dubious distinction of becoming nu metals first pin-ups. Originally known as Xero, the band was formed in 1996 by Mark Wakefield (USA; vocals), Mike Shinoda (b. Michael Kenji Shinoda, 11 February 1977, Agoura Hills, California, USA; MC/vocals), Brad Delson (b. Bradford Phillip Delson, 1 December 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Rob Bourdon (b. Robert Gregory Bourdon, 20 January 1979, Calabasas, California, USA; drums), Phoenix (b. David Michael Farrell, 8 February 1977, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; bass) and DJ Joe Hahn (b. Joseph Hahn, 15 March 1977, Dallas, Texas, USA). Minus the departing Wakefield and Phoenix, the band was joined by lead singer Chester Bennington (b. 20 March 1976, Phoenix, Arizona, USA) and changed their name to Hybrid Theory, but for legal reasons swiftly adopted the Linkin Park moniker. Their new title arose from a deliberate spelling variation of the Santa...