Guitar Center has issued a press release about Linkin Park being inducted into the historic RockWalk. Read the full release here:
Guitar Center is proud to announce the upcoming induction of Grammy Award-winning rock band LINKIN PARK into the retailer’s historic RockWalk. The private, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Wednesday, June 18 th, at 12 noon at Guitar Center’s Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. Adding to the celebratory nature of the day, LINKIN PARK will be releasing their highly anticipated new album, The Hunting Party, on June 17 th.
Since their inception, LINKIN PARK have prioritized innovation. 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 went on to sell over 18 million copies. The success of each album since has proved it wasn’t just beginner’s luck. 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 over 61 million fans and counting, LINKIN PARK is heralded by 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 offAugust 8thin West Palm Beach, Florida.
“We’re honored to have our music recognized by our peers,” says Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of LINKIN PARK. “But to be added toGuitar Center’s RockWalk on Sunset Blvd, 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,” says 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 those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, 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.