|Linkin Park originally was a group of high school friends, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, and Mike Shinoda. After graduating high school, they added members, Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell, and Mark Wakefield. The band was called Xero. They recorded and produced tracks in Mike Shinoda's studio. After losing a record deal Mark Wakefield and Dave Farrell left the band. The band asked Jeff Blue, the vice-president of Warner Bro's Records to help them get a record deal with Warner Bro's Records. Their first album was released in October of 2002. This album launched success and popularity for the Band.