Basic Background Info

Birth: January 20, 1979
Location: Calabasas, California
Band: Linkin Park
Genres: Rap-Metal
Instruments: Drums, Piano
Occupation: Drummer, Musician


A native of Southern California, Rob Bourdon played piano as a young boy. Rob Bourdon started playing drums in elementary school after he saw an Aerosmith concert with his mother. During high school Rob Bourdon played in Relative Degree with Brad Delson. During this time, Rob Bourdon was influenced by funk music like Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and Tower of Power. Subsequently, Rob Bourdon mixed his passion for funk into with the band's rock and rap elements for a truly unique sound. After performing to a sold out crowd at the Roxy Theatre, Relative Degree dismantled.

Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson then played with Mike Shinoda in Xero. The band continued playing together even after all the members graduated from high school. The personnel of the band expanded to six members. Eventually Xero evolved into Linkin Park. As Linkn Park, they released their debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000.

Since then, Linkin Park's popularity soared. The drumming accompanying Linkin Park's unique nu metal sound was challenging and as the band kept working together, Rob Bourdon's playing evolved. Nonetheless, Rob Bourdon's drumming has always been technically perfect, even when he is working to keep things simple. Rob Bourdon attributes this to his attention to practice and technical perfection.



Album Year Album Name Album Band
2000 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park
2001 ECW Anarchy Rocks Extreme Music, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Family Values Tour 2001 Various Artists
2002 Reanimation Linkin Park
2003 Meteora Linkin Park
2004 Breaking the Habit Linkin Park
2004 Collision Course Jay-Z & Linkin Park
2004 Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode
2007 Minutes to Midnight Linkin Park
2010 Thousand Suns Linkin Park
2014 Hunting Party Linkin Park


  • Worked as a waiter before Linkin Park.
  • "We don't believe it's an industry standard to be a band on the road, partying and drunk. Would you go to work drunk every day?" -Rob in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, March '02.

Instruments of Choice

Drums: Gretsch
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vater

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