Bradford Phillip Delson (born December 1, 1977) is the guitarist of the rock/nu metal band Linkin Park. He was born in Agoura, California. Brad is Jewish. He is known for wearing large headphones onstage.
He graduated from Agoura high school in 1996 and in that year he formed Xero with Mike Shinoda. He moved to college in 1996 to 2000 and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communications but didn't go to law school so he could pursue a career in the band.
Brad's first instrument was the trumpet. Brad and fellow bandmate bass guitarist Dave Farrell (aka Phoenix) were room-mates in college so they would go to practice together. He calls himself 'Big Bad Brad' and he signs his name 'BBB'. He is a big fan of MTV and Britney Spears. Brad's obsession is sleeping.
Before Xero, he used to be in a band called Relative Degree with fellow Linkin Park bandmate drummer Rob Bourdon. Relative Degree fell apart after just one show.
Brad used to colour his hair purple in high school and was once voted the Most Unique in his high school yearbook. He used to have a mullet either in high school or college.
Brad hasn't revealed yet the reason why he wears his headphones on stage although he did say this in a shoutweb interview: "I will say that it has something to do with the matrix. Not the movie, the actual matrix and being connected with it. Mr. Hahn (Linkin Park's DJ) has been rubbing off on me. I'm starting to integrate sci-fi humor into my schtick. It probably isn't too popular with a mass audience." "But I won't give him credit for the headphones. That's all mine."