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  • Author Existence Failure: Chester Bennington's suicide occurred a week before the band was to start a North American tour. They immediately cancelled the tour, but played a memorial show in Los Angeles in October 2017.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Breaking The Habit", an electronic song without distorted guitars in it, and "Numb", a ballad. Both from their album Meteora, and both would substantially influence the direction they would take afterwards. Notably, neither song features Mike Shinoda on lead vocals, and it contributed to the perception of Chester as the frontman.
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  • Contractual Purity: Some Moral Guardians cried foul when the band began to use profanity on Minutes to Midnight, after releasing the notably profanity-free albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: NoBraiN, the winner of Linkin Park's remix contest, got his remix featured on A Thousand Suns. He also makes an appearance on the outro to "When They Come for Me".
  • Creator Backlash: To celebrate Hybrid Theory's ten-year anniversary, the band announced that they'll never play fan-favorite "Runaway" again, citing it as the worst song they ever wrote.
    • Averted in that the band has to come to terms with their past and they have begun playing "retired" songs, like "Runaway", during their Living Things world tour, as this album is seen as a melding together of the group's old and new.
    • They had this attitude towards their nu metal related material, which is why they dedicated themselves sound anything but that. Chester even outright stated that he hated the genre. They have since lightened up on it a bit, and reintegrated elements of their old material into their new albums. In fact, Chester even came to turns with the nu metal label, even saying he liked Limp Bizkit. He also once told a magazine that in the loosest sense, they were nu metal, because they were trying new things with the metal sound.
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    • A specific example lies in "Bleed It Out": the lyrics were sent back for rewrites over and over, much to Mike and Chester's frustration, resulting in the opening line "Yeah, here we go for the hundredth time…"
      Fuck, this hurts
      I won't lie
      Doesn't matter how hard I try
      Half the words don't mean a thing
      and I know that I won't be satisfied
  • Dear Negative Reader: Chester outright said he didn't really care if people liked One More Light or not, then told naysayers that accused the band of being sell-outs to stab themselves in the face (the article makes a note that Chester laughed when he said this). He also told fans still hung up on Hybrid Theory to "move the fuck on."
  • Directed by Cast Member: Joe has directed almost all of their music videos.
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  • Doing It for the Art: Why they've changed their musical style so many times. They're afraid of repeating themselves and are dedicated to expanding as many musical horizons as possible.
  • DVD Commentary: The band has a DVD edition for each of their CDs barring Hybrid Theory (which saw a standalone DVD a year after its release). Footage of them is usually about the music making process, life on tour, music video commentary, and the odd practical joke.
    • The last two albums did have a version with a DVD, even though the one for Living Things came out roughly a year after the original album was released. These differ though in that they only feature live concert footage.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: During the Hybrid Theory period, Mike would often dye his hair red or blue. Less conspicuously, Chester bleached his hair during that period. Both of them reverted to their natural colors (black and dark brown, respectively) from Meteora onwards.
  • Executive Meddling: The band wanted to shift styles more drastically for Meteora (as evidenced by the many electronic demos from that period released on Underground volumes), but the record company wanted more nu-metal. As a result, the album was something of an compromise between the two styles. This seems to have been a good thing - the album's most acclaimed track is "Breaking The Habit", a track based on an electronic instrumental Shinoda had put a lot of effort into. It's food for thought what might have happened had they made their drastic shift away from their Signature Style as early as their second album.
    • There are hints that "What I've Done" was written purely because the record company didn't see a suitable single on Minutes To Midnight. The fact the band had written almost 150 songs before this means this could be likely. In the documentary Meeting Of A Thousand Suns, Shinoda says that the album's first single 'doesn't have to be some "What I've Done" shit'.
    • Actively discussed by guest artist Rakim in the bridge of "Guilty All the Same", explaining how much the trope has ruined the rock and rap music scene in the past few years.
    • Chester revealed in a Scuzz TV interview that, while recording Hybrid Theory, Warner Bros. execs wanted to either demote Mike to keyboardist or fire him, despite him being the primary songwriter and producer. The rest of the band threatened to quit in protest. Then when the album was released and became a hit, Warner Bros. claimed that they were a fabricated act. This was briefly chronicled later by Mike in the Fort Minor song "Get Me Gone".
    • Mike discusses it at length in an LPAssociation-sponsored Podcast. He notes that the band have often had conflicts with the label, but made it very clear when recording their first album that they wanted creative autonomy. He notes that they are to make the music they want and cannot be bothered about making money. On the other hand, he believes that going back to a Hybrid Theory-era Nu Metal style would be truly selling out, as his musical interests have expanded a lot since then.
  • Follow the Leader: One More Light sounds like an attempt to capture the popularity of The Chainsmokers, particularly their song "Heavy" sounding suspiciously similar to "Closer" (complete with a female guest singer).
    • Well, one could make a case about their earlier years, what with being a Nu Metal/rap-rock band in a time when those subgenres were on their way out. But let's face it, they're really following U2's genre-hopping and philanthropy.
  • Genre Adultery: "Leave Out All the Rest" and "Shadow of the Day" are soft-rock radio ballads that the band were once considered the alternative to. These tracks are the main reason for the disappointed reception of Minutes To Midnight by older fans.
  • He Also Did: In addition to directing the majority of the band's music videos, Joe was behind a short film entitled The Seed in 2005. He later directed and co-produced the film Mall in 2014.
    • Mall also involves Joe, Chester, Mike and Phoenix working on the film's soundtrack alongside Alec Puro, the drummer of the band Deadsy.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Xero Demo Tape. When people were requesting the band to play the track "Reading My Eyes" live in 2006, the band members were up for it, but didn't have any copies of the song at hand, as they were on tour. So Shinoda searched the internet and downloaded the EP from a fansite. The band then learnt the song from the mp3. Since Shinoda has released other Xero era demos since then, it is entirely possible he still has the tape and its masters at home but didn't have access to them at that point.
    • Since the band is unlikely to ever officially release "She Couldn't", it also is this.
    • The Hybrid Theory EP also qualifies, as it was released in small numbers to begin with and contains some stuff that hasn't been re-released. In particular is the first pressing (when Linkin Park was still called Hybrid Theory) which remains a sought-after collectors item.
  • Loony Fan/Stalker with a Crush: Chester and his wife Talinda had one of these for about a year, who managed to hack their emails and steal / taunt them with personal information after Chester inadvertently published his personal email address. The hacker, Devon Townsend, happened to be employed by a subcontractor for the US Department of Energy's nuclear security and research program, with access to nuclear materials – and spent most of her work days messing with the Benningtons' data from an unmonitored workstation. The breach exposed massive gaps in her employer's security standards, resulting in a federal investigation. Townsend was eventually caught and jailed for two years.
  • Manly Tears: On several occasions, when they attempted to play "Breaking the Habit" live, he broke down and cried. However, while the song's subject matter fits with Chester's past, the lyrics were penned by Mike without Chester's input.
    • Happened again during a live performance of "One More Light" in May 2017, the morning of Chris Cornell's suicide. Chester, who was close friends with Cornell, almost didn't finish the song. He eventually committed suicide himself on Cornell's birthday two months later, although no one has officially said the events were related.
  • Old Shame:
    • Chester felt this way about "One Step Closer" because of the 'shut up' section earning him so much infamy. He named it as his least favorite song the band has done.
    • Mike has said he's so embarrassed by the "One Step Closer" video, he refuses to show it to his kids.
      • Notably, the "One Step Closer" video is the only Linkin Park video that had Mike with red hair, which is another Old Shame of his.
  • Periphery Demographic: Thanks to their frequent collaborations and experimentation with hip-hop, they had a large following with hip-hop fans. After Chester's death, many folks in the community paid tribute to him and how the band was a close friend of the genre.
  • The Pete Best: Who the hell is Mark Wakefield again?
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: "Valentine's Day" is a Grief Song about Chester's father, who died around Valentine's Day. Except it's not. It is a Valentine's themed Grief Song, but it's not about his dad (who isn't even dead, at that).
  • Product Placement: The music videos for "Heavy" and "Good Goodbye" both prominently feature Mercedes Benz vehicles.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mike after working with Rick Rubin, the man behind some of his favorite albums such as Raising Hell. While recording A Thousand Suns, he had a nerdgasm after getting to play with the same 808s drum machine used on that album.
  • Rags to Riches: Chester was so poor before he joined the band, he and his first wife tattooed wedding rings on their fingers instead of buying them.
  • Real-Person Fic: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda had a very close friendship and, as a result, many a fanfic written about them. They even have a Portmanteau Couple Name of "Bennoda."
  • Shout-Out: Dave going by "Phoenix" began as a joking reference to Mystery Men, which stuck.
  • Throw It In!: A partial example with "Bleed it Out". The song's working title was "Accident" due to Brad flubbing the original riff. The rest of the band liked his screw-up and that became the new riff.
  • Trolling Creator: The band's co-vocalist Mike Shinoda has had shades of this in the last few years. Teasing snippets of new songs only leading to unrelated YouTube videos or claiming that a band member had quit. In the run-up to the release of Living Things, Mike sent a link out on Twitter touting new pictures from the album. When clicked, the link sent fans to a picture of a Troll doll.
    • Don Gilmore (producer of Hybrid Theory) got in on this a little bit with idiotic record executives. Chester told a story about an exec listening to a track, and saying he didn't like it. Gilmore replied "Wait, let me do something" and turn one of the knobs slightly up. The exec said "That's much better! The track is great!" All Gilmore did was turn the volume up slightly.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • "Breaking the Habit" was originally conceived as an instrumental lasting over ten minutes. It was recorded at a more sane length, dubbed "Drawing" and eventually made it onto the ninth LPU EP.
    • There were several more artists lined up to remix tracks for Reanimation, including Prince Paul, Z-Trip and Tricky.
    • Chester's suicide not only put an end to the band's planned North American tour with blink-182 but also a potential collaboration with slam poet/rapper George Watsky, who tweeted a picture of himself with Mike and Chester five days before the tragedy occurred.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yep, that's covered.
  • Working Title: During the creative process for "New Divide", the band used names of the primary Transformer characters to indicate the different song proposals for the movie. Eventually, they went with "Megatron" and developed it into the song used thereon.

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