Name: Rob Bourdon
DOB: January 20, 1979
  • Gretsch kit
  • Gibraltar Hardware
  • Zildjian cymbals
  • Remo heads
  • Vater sticks
  • Rane headphone amp
  • Alesis DM-5 drum module
  • Shure E-1 in-ear monitors
  • D-drum trigger pads
  • Vater Drumsticks
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Remo heads
  • Zildjian cymbals
  • Pin-Tech triggers
  • Puma racing shoes

The youngest member of Linkin Park, Rob was introduced to his mother's friend and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer after a show and from there became inspired to learn the drums. Starting out around the age of nine, Bourdon joined his first band, a quartet called No Clue, in grade six. They later changed their name to Physical Evidence and covered bands like Nirvana, Bad Religion, and Suicidal Tendancies. Rob took drum lessons for a year, but became tired of reading sheet music because he enjoyed playing the music of his favorite bands by ear instead. After joining his high school's jazz band in grade ten, Rob was recruited by two members of a band called Karma after a concert to join their group. Through the Karma bandmembers, he met Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda, who both lived nearby in the San Fernando Valley. Eventually, Rob and Brad would form their own band called Relative Degree, whose sound he likens to 311. Their dream was to perform at the Hollywood club 'The Roxy', a goal they eventually attained, and broke up soon afterwards. After the band's break-up, Rob's life became a turmoil of drug and alcohol abuse. It was these hard times that took his focus away from drumming. Eventually, by the end of high school, Rob got his life back in order and began playing full-time again. Soon, he got a call from Mike Shinoda asking him to join his and Brad's band, Xero.

Rob grew up in the town of Calabasas, California, where he attended Agoura High School with members of Hoobastank. He currently resides in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Rob likes to play the piano, practice drumming, and surf.

"I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to make an album with five of my closest friends. It has been a great experience touring and having the chance to meet our fans and street teamers. Thank you to everyone who has shown their love and support." - Rob