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Brad Delson

Brad DelsonAKA Bradford Philip Delson

Born: 1-Dec-1977
Birthplace: Agoura, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Guitarist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Guitarist for Linkin Park

Brad Delson's future career was put on track in the 7th grade, which is when he met fellow aspiring musician and Southern California native Mike Shinoda. Originally a trumpet player, Delson had made the inevitable switch to guitar the previous year, another victim to the influence of that devil rock music. In collaboration with Shinoda he would develop his musical skills throughout high school, working to write and record original material in his friend's bedroom studio. Eventually drummer Rob Bourdon (who earlier had very briefly worked with Delson in the band Relative Degree) was brought into the mix, and using the name Xero the three decided to make a serious attempt to become a professional band.

After graduation, both Shinoda and Delson moved on to college: Shinoda enrolling at Pasadena Art College to pursue graphic design, and Delson signing up to study communications at UCLA; Delson would later bring his college roomate Dave Phoenix Farrell into the Xero line-up, while Shinoda enlisted DJ (and fellow PAC student) Joseph Hahn. A name change from Xero to Hybrid Theory preceeded the addition of vocalist Chester Bennington, after the arrival of whom the effort to collectively insinuate themselves into the dark orifices of one of the major labels was undertaken with renewed vigor. Public favor proved much easier to sway than did the fickle affection of the corporate minions, but eventually, as 1999 was about to collapse into ruin, the band (now renamed Linkin Park due to the pre-existence of another band called Hybrid Theory) found themselves in the unnatural embrace of Warner Brothers.

From the moment of the release of its first album Hybrid Theory (2000) Linkin Park was pulled to the front of the corporate rap/metal (sometimes referred to as "nu metal") parade. Subsequent releases (the remix album Reanimation 2002; a second studio full-length Meteora, 2003; and the band-authorized "mash-up" Collision Course, 2004) failed to reverse that status. In the context of the band's "media image", Delson distinguised himself from his bandmates through the affectation of always wearing headphones at concerts and in promotional videos. Outside of his involvment in Linkin Park's music and marketing, the guitarist also contributed a monthly column directed at beginning players for Guitar World magazine.

Wife: Monica (m. 16-Sep-2003)

    High School: Agoura High School, Agoura, CA (1996)
    University: BA Communications, University of California at Los Angeles (2000)

    Linkin Park Guitarist 1999-present
    Grammy Best Hard Rock Performance (2001) (with Linkin Park)

    Linkin Park: Live in Texas (17-Nov-2003) · Himself

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