Chester Bennington, who rocks with two of the biggest bands around, celebrates his birthday today!
After a rough childhood, a young Bennington broke into the music world when he joined Grey Daze in 1993 and gained local stardom in Phoenix. A few years later, he left the group over creative differences and moved to Los Angeles, where he met up and joined Linkin Park.
The group had a rocky start, with multiple rejections from labels, but after gaining a large local following, the band signed to Warner Brothers Records and released their debut album Hybrid Theory.
The record eventually went multi-platinum and laid the foundation for Linkin Park as a major player in the rock scene in the early 2000s. The album contained multiple Hot 100 singles and paved the way for their next album, Meteora, in 2003.
Hybrid Theory reached no. two on the Billboard 200, with every LP that followed going on to top the list. Over the next decade, the band would continue to amass one of the biggest followings in modern rock.
Outside of Linkin Park, Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots last year as a replacement for ex-frontman Scott Weiland.
With their new lead vocalist, STP released an EP in October 2013 titled High Rise, featuring the leadoff single “Out of Time.”
Bennington hasn’t turned his back on Linkin Park, however. He remains as dedicated to the band as ever, and the band released The Hunting Party in June 2014.
While Bennington has been recovering from an ankle injury that required surgery and resulted in some cancelled Linkin Park tour dates, he'll soon be back on the road with STP for a series of U.S. tour dates this spring.