A Line In The Sand
|"A Line In The Sand"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album The Hunting Party|
|Recorded||2013 - 2014|
|Live debut||May 9, 2015|
|Last played||November 7, 2015|
|Producer||Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda|
The introductory verse to "A Line In The Sand" was actually written back when the band was working on A Thousand Suns. The verse did not work on the album, but it found its way onto The Hunting Party. The song also uses many different guitar tones and amp setups throughout the song to keep it fresh and interesting throughout the whole six and a half minutes. The fill that Rob Bourdon does at the end of the song was completely improvised, and surprised Mike Shinoda since he did not know Bourdon could even play that fast.
Mike Shinoda claimed that "A Line In The Sand" is one of his favorites off of The Hunting Party since he feels that it is encapsulates Linkin Park in just one song. Shinoda also stated that he feels that Brad Delson's solo and Bourdon's drumming at the end of the track are some of the best moments on The Hunting Party.
On December 24, 2014, several members from the Linkin Park Association community teamed up to release a remix album of The Hunting Party titled Viscera. The album was later released to the LP Underground on June 18, 2015 after the band received the full rights to distribute the album. Two remixes of "A Line In The Sand" were released on the album. The first, done by DirtyBlup, features a line from "The Little Things Give You Away" sung by Lizzi Cloverman, and the second was done by minuteforce, Cypher, Broman, Decay, and wEEKnIGHT pSYCHOPATH. The instrumental version of the remixes were released February 28, 2015.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|A Line In The Sand||The Hunting Party||6:35||2013-2014||June 13, 2014|
|A Line In The Sand (Instrumental)||The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals||6:37||2013-2014||August 12, 2014||
|A Line In The Sand (Acapella)||The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals||6:35||2013-2014||August 12, 2014||
|A Line In The Sand: DirtyBlup||Viscera||4:19||2014||December 24, 2014||
|A Line In The Sand: minuteforce||Viscera||5:59||2014||December 24, 2014||
|A Line In The Sand: DirtyBlup (Instrumental)||Viscera (Instrumentals)||4:19||2014||February 28, 2015||
|A Line In The Sand: minuteforce (Instrumental)||Viscera (Instrumentals)||5:59||2014||February 28, 2015||
|A Line In The Sand (Live From Rock On The Range 2015)||A Line In The Sand (Live From Rock On The Range 2015)||6:30||May 17, 2015||September 12, 2016||
At the beginning of the touring cycle, Phoenix commented that he wanted to perform "A Line In The Sand" and "Keys To The Kingdom" live from the album. In November 2014, Mike said that he had "one" song for sure that the band wanted to add to the setlists, but in January 2015 the setlists remained without an addition from The Hunting Party. While Linkin Park teased a new song that month from rehearsals, nothing ever became of it.
"A Line In The Sand" was finally performed live for the first time at the first edition of Rock In Rio USA in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 9, 2015. The band spent quite a bit of time rehearsing the song prior to it's debut. As documented in several LPU-TV's and even it's own LPTV, the band had to practice the song for a majority of the week they spent rehearsing the setlist for their shows in May.
The song is performed at a slower tempo live than it is on The Hunting Party - 190 BPM, as opposed to 200 BPM on the album. Mike usually performs an extended keyboard intro to the song leading into it. It is also the first song to feature Brad performing a tapping solo live. Mike only plays keyboard during the intro of the song; during the outro, he's on his mic stand nearer to the front of the stage. A lot of the performance depends on the band members looking at each other (namely Rob, Mike and Brad looking at each other for queues) to ensure no one comes in early or late. During most performances, Chester tries to get the crowd to yell "Hey!" at different intervals throughout the track.
Last Updated: December 26, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Keyboard Intro||May 9, 2015||November 7, 2015|
Last Updated: December 26, 2015
- Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
- Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)
Linkin Park is
- Chester Bennington
- Rob Bourdon
- Brad Delson
- Joe Hahn
- Mike Shinoda
- Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
- Lyrics & Vocals by Mike Shionda and Chester Bennington
- Background Vocals by Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon, and Phoenix
- Additional Lyrics by Brad Delson
- Engineering by Ethan Mates and Mike Shinoda
- Digital editing by Josh Newell
- Assistant Engineer: Alejandro Baima
- Additional Assistant Engineers: Brendan Dekora and Jennifer Langdon
- Studio Electro Tech: Warren Willis
- Studio Drum Tech: Jerry Johnson
- Album Production Coordination: Ryan DeMarti
- Recorded at Larrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA
- Additional Recording at EastWest Studios and Glenwood Place Studios
- Mixed by Andy Wallace
- Pro Tools Engineered by Paul Suarez
- Assisted by Del Bowers
- Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge
- Assisted by Rich Morales