Brad Delson

Bradford Phillip “Brad” Delson (born December 1, 1977)

Linkin Park Guitarist
PRS guitars
Randall amplification
D’addario strings
Dimarzio pickups
Dunlop picks and accessories
MXR effects pedals
TC electronics
Voodoo Lab ground controls
GCX audio loop switches
Audio technica wireless systems

Brad Delson attended Agoura High School with childhood friend and Linkin Park band mate Mike Shinoda. He played in various bands throughout his high school career, the most notable being Relative Degree, in which he met and teamed up with drummer Rob Bourdon. Relative Degree’s goal was simply to play a show, and, after achieving that goal, they disbanded.

After graduating in 1995, Delson, Shinoda, and Bourdon formed Xero, which would eventually become the starting point for Linkin Park.

Delson entered UCLA in 1995 as a Regent Scholar working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a specialization in Business and Administration. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and shared a dorm room with future Linkin Park band mate Dave Farrell for three out of his four years at school. Delson also had the opportunity to intern with a member of the music industry as part of his studies and ended up working for Jeff Blue, an A&R representative at Warner Bros. Records, who offered constructive criticism on Xero’s demos. Blue later introduced Chester Bennington, who would become the lead vocalist of Linkin Park, to the rest of the band.

After graduating summa cum laude in 1999, Delson decided to forgo law school in order to pursue a musical career with Linkin Park. He remains an avid fan of all things blue and gold. Brad is of Jewish descent.

Delson married Elisa Boren in September 2003 in a Jewish wedding at the Skirball Cultural Center. Elisa gave birth to their first child, a boy named Jonah Taylor Delson, on March 25, 2008. He has two younger brothers. Delson also handles many of the business aspects of Linkin Park along with his father Donn Delson. Together, the two created BandMerch, which handles the merchandising affairs for Linkin Park and others. In 1991, Delson was an extra in the movie “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”.

He was the keynote speaker at his alma mater UCLA’s College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony on June 12, 2009 in Pauley Pavilion.


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