Linkin Park inducted into Guitar Center RockWalk

06/24/2014 4:35 pm0 commentsViews: 21

Independent Staff Writer

The band Linkin Park was inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk June 18 at the music store’s Sumnset Boulevard location.

The ceremony was held the day after the ban released its latest album, “The Hunting Party.”

The California-based sextet made history with a unique electronic, rock and hip-hop fused sound on their 2000 debut “Hybrid Theory,” the best selling album in the world that year that has gone on to sell more than 18 million copies.

Linkin Park is the first and only band to score five consecutive number one album debuts on the Billboard 200 this century. With six Grammy nominations and as the biggest band on Facebook with more than 61 million fans and counting, Linkin Park is popular with fans and critics alike.

The band will be hitting the road this summer with Thirty Seconds To Mars and AFI on the Carnivores Tour, kicking off Aug. 8 in West Palm Beach Florida.

“We’re honored to have our music recognized by our peers,” said Chester Bennington, the band’s lead vocalist. “But to be added to Guitar Center’s RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard, right where we started, is pretty surreal. We’re really grateful to be here alongside so many of the artists that inspired us.”

“Innovative and influential. Those are the two major traits we look to honor with Guitar Center’s RockWalk, and Linkin Park has them in spades,” said Dave Weiderman, chairman of Guitar Center’s RockWalk. “Not only that, but they have one of the largest fan bases of any current rock group. It is due time they put their hands in some cement.”

 

Guitar Center’s RockWalk is dedicated to honoring artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of rock ‘n’ roll, the blues and R&B. As the newest RockWalk inductees, Linkin  Park’s handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C. and Queen, among numerous others.

 

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington answers questions from the media while his bandmates look on after the band was inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk June 18. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington answers questions from the media while his bandmates look on after the band was inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk June 18.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

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