Dave Farrell

David Michael Farrell (born on February 8 1977), more commonly known as Phoenix, is the bassist for the alternative rock band Linkin Park.

Farrell was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts but later moved to Mission Viejo, California when he was five. He attended Mission Viejo High School. He also graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999 . He is adept at playing the bass guitar, electric guitar, cello and violin. He has also been known to play an upright bass at some concerts.

Farrell was a member of a Christian ska/Christian punk band known as the Tasty Snax. While attending college, he would practice with Brad Delson in their dorm room together. However, because he had to play and tour with the Tasty Snax, he could not play with Delson and his band, which would become Linkin Park. After changing their name to Snax, Farrell began playing bass guitar in the band before leaving once again to join Linkin Park full-time to play bass. Farrell’s fellow band mate Mark Fiore became Linkin Park’s videographer. As described in the inlay for Reanimation he uses an Ernie Ball MusicMan Bass.

Farrell has cited his influences as being his mother and his brother, Joe, as well as Weezer, The Beatles, the Deftones, The Roots, Bob Marley, Sarah McLachlan, Hughes & Wagner and Harrod & Funck.

He has been married to Linsey Farrell since December 28, 2002, and, in 2007, he became a father. He has two brothers, his older brother, Joe, and his younger brother, Tyler.

  • Fitting to his nickname, Phoenix, he has two phoenix tattoos on his back.
  • On the ‘Making of Minutes to Midnight’ Dave Farrell is seen using Fender Precision Basses.
  • Phoenix is rumored to be dabbling in the culinary arts. He is currently doing a tri-tip internship under master barbecuer Jason Felix.
  • He does the backing vocals live to the song “The Little Things Give You Away”
  • In addition to Mike and Chester’s vocals, Phoenix also provides backing vocals for the song “Hands Held High” when performed live

Phoenix got involved in his hometown’s local music scene and joined the Christian punk group Tasty Snax (later just called the Snax). After graduating high school, Phoenix attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating with his degree in 1999. During college, he became roommates with guitarist Brad Delson, and was eventually convinced to join Xero, the band Delson had started a few years earlier with two of his high-school friends. Phoenix wound up leaving Xero — which in the meantime would change names until ultimately settling down as Linkin Park — in the late ’90s after he was offered to tour again with his previous band, the Snax. As he stayed on the road for the next year or so, Linkin Park earned themselves a record deal with Warner Bros. in 1999 and issued their multi-platinum debut album, Hybrid Theory, the next year. They quickly became one of the most popular mainstream rock acts in the early 2000s, melding elements of rock, rap, and electronics more memorably and skillfully than any of their other nu metal peers. Phoenix rejoined the band’s ranks soon enough and made his proper recording debut with Linkin Park on the group’s 2002 record, Reanimation. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi.

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