Robert Gregory Bourdon (born January 20, 1979) is an American musician , who is currently the drummer and one of the founders of the nu metal band Linkin Park .
Rob was born in Calabasas, California where he grew up with members of Incubus.
Rob originally played piano, but started to play the drums in 4th Grade after watching an Aerosmith concert. His mother had dated Joey Kramer, Aerosmith’s drummer, so they were able to go backstage and see the entire production; Kramer also gave Rob a bass kick pedal.
In his early teen years, Bourdon played in a few bands with his friends. Rob attended Agoura High with Linkin Park bandmates Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson as Rob had played in bands with Brad Delson in high school. Notably, a band called Relative Degree. Their goal was to play at the Roxy Theatre, after achieving their goal with a sell-out show, Relative Degree eventually broke up.
Rob’s previous job before Linkin Park was a waiter.
In the albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora, Bourdon’s style was simplistic, mostly trying to fit the drumming into the nu metal sound of the band, with only "Easier to Run" from Meteora sounding very complex as Rob had to approach his drum playing style differently. In the latest Linkin Park album Minutes to Midnight Rob’s drums had wooden bodies to sound more traditional, most notably a complex 3/4 drum pattern in "The Little Things Give You Away". In live shows, playing with the song "Bleed It Out", the song is extended with Rob playing a long solo. A note about Rob’s style is that he will always play the drums wearing FIA spec motorsport shoes made by Puma. He has said that it gives him better feel and control of the pedals.
In a Z100 chat in February 2008 with Rob and Joe Hahn, DJ of Linkin Park, Bourdon stated that he is single. He dated actress Vanessa Lee Evigan from 2001 to 2007. He previously dated actress Shiri Appleby. His 25th birthday was featured on an episode of iTunes’ LPTV. On January 20, 2004, Linkin Park played a show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the band can be seen joking around backstage and saying that it is Rob’s twentieth birthday. This caused some confusion among viewers. In late 2006, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park said on Tattoo Stories that his band mates Rob and main guitarist Brad Delson didn’t have any tattoos for religious reasons. Both are actively of the Jewish faith. He now lives in Los Angeles.