Bleed It Out
|"Bleed It Out"|
|Single by Linkin Park|
|from the album Minutes To Midnight|
|Released||August 14, 2007|
|Stems||Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock|
|Live debut||May 11, 2007|
|Last played||November 14, 2015|
|Producer(s)||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
|Linkin Park singles chronology|
"Bleed It Out" is the fourth track off of Linkin Park's third studio album Minutes To Midnight. The song was released as the second single from the album on August 14, 2007.
Several months before the album was released, Mike Shinoda talked about the sounds and influences found on "Bleed It Out" in an interview with Rolling Stone, stating "The guitar sounds like AC/DC, the beat sounds like Motown, and there's a Stones-like groove to it. But it's got rapping and Clash-style vocals. It's so different it may take people a beat to go 'I can't believe it's the same band. But hopefully their next thought will be 'F*ckin' Cool'." The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight reiterated that idea, saying "One of the band’s goals on this record was to enjoy it. This track is one of the places that it is most evident. With its 80’s-inspired guitar and bass, roadhouse blues piano and clapping, Motown-style drums, irreverent death-party rap verses, and punk chorus, this song is a party (albeit a strange one) from beginning to end." Chester Bennington, too, described the fun, party-like vibe of the song as something that "rides the line of what you might expect from us. It’s got rapping on it and a real big chorus, but it’s also got these great Motown drums and a real party vibe to it. So it’s something different too. It’s fun."
Shinoda also went into detail about his frustration while writing the lyrics for "Bleed It Out" in an interview with Kerrang in 2007. "I wrote the lyrics to this about a hundred times. It's always frustrating as a lyricist to come in with a new version that you spent hours on and have the band tell you that it's not yet there. In one case they listened to my lyrics for 30 seconds and told me to start over again. That was pretty hard. It felt like I was bringing in lyrics, getting punched in the face and then going back to the drawing board. When it finally came together I said to the band, 'I don't think anyone but us could have made a song like this'. It's [expletive] bizarre death-party-rap-hoedown!"
|1||Bleed it Out||Linkin Park||2:44|
|2||What I've Done (Distorted Remix)||Linkin Park||3:47|
|3||Given Up (Third Encore Session)||Linkin Park||3:08|
|1||Bleed it Out||Linkin Park||2:44|
|2||What I've Done (Distorted Remix)||Linkin Park||3:47|
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Bleed It Out||Minutes To Midnight
Bleed It Out
|2:44||2006-2007||May 14, 2007|
|Bleed It Out||Minutes To Midnight (Clean)
Bleed It Out (Radio CD)
|2:44||2006-2007||May 14, 2007||
|Bleed It Out||Radio Publishing Instrumentals CD||2:47||2006-2007||
|Bleed It Out (Live From Projekt Revolution, Holmdel NJ, Aug. 29 '07)||Shadow Of The Day||6:07||August 29, 2007||October 16, 2007|
|Bleed It Out||Live Earth: The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis||3:40||July 07, 2007||November 26, 2007|
|Bleed It Out||LP Underground 7.0||7:49||August 13, 2007||December 5, 2007||
|Bleed It Out (Live)||Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP)||3:26||February 21, 2008||March 4, 2008|
|Bleed It Out||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes||8:15||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|Bleed It Out||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (Clean)||8:15||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|Bleed It Out - TF2 Premier Mix||4:49||June 22, 2009||February 14, 2010||
|Bleed It Out/A Place For My Head||Live In Madrid||5:05||November 07, 2010||April 1, 2011|
|Bleed It Out (Live)||iTunes Festival: London 2011 - EP||5:20||July 04, 2011||July 8, 2011||
|Bleed It Out||Live In Red Square||5:28||June 23, 2011||July 21, 2011||
|Bleed It Out (Live From Melbourne, 2010)||Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World||5:33||December 13, 2010||June 12, 2012||
|Bleed It Out||Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany||June 05, 2012||March 29, 2013||
|Bleed It Out||Live In Monterrey||September 12, 2012||June 13, 2014||
"Bleed It Out" has been a staple in Linkin Park setlists since it's debut in 2007. The song has featured an extended bridge over the years that has been utilized to rap or song verses of other songs over (namely "A Place For My Head", "Burning In The Skies", and "Reading My Eyes") and for Rob to perform a drum solo over. "Bleed It Out" is the only song from Minutes To Midnight to not be dropped from a setlist during its respective touring cycle. A multitude of guests had appeared on the song at some point or another during live performances, including Timbaland, the Street Drum Corps, and Machine Gun Kelly.
The first instance of it being performed live was in early 2007, at in New York City, New York. The band performed at Webster Hall, debuting "Bleed It Out" as the second song in the encore as a rehearsal for their performance on Saturday Night Live the following day, where they performed the song again. On the following Minutes To Midnight European Tour, the band performed the studio version of the song to begin the tour, with the song positioned in the second slot in the encore. At their performance at Rock Am Ring on the tour, the band extended the bridge of the song for the first time (an occurrence that would become very common in the years following), with Mike and Chester conducting a sing-a-long with the crowd during the bridge. Midway through the tour (starting in Zürich, Switzerland), the band changed up the setlist, by rotating "What I've Done" around to the second slot of the encore and "Bleed It Out" to close out the main set. A funny moment from the show where this first happened (Zürich) featured the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out", where Mike and Chester both took one side of the crowd and had them yell "Fuck your side!" to the other side of the crowd!
Projekt Revolution saw the song moving around with the introduction of three rotating sets. First off, the band began performing an extended intro to the song, where the intro riff would be repeated several times before kicking into the main song. The band started to regularly perform the extended bridge sing-a-long starting on this tour, too. Lastly, a new jam outro that featured the chorus instrumental being performed from a slow tempo, gradually being sped up to a very fast tempo debuted, as well. The outro was performed semi-regularly, with it always being performed with the song closing out the show, but played on and off when the song did not. In Set A, "Bleed It Out" closed the show for the first time, being the first song besides "Faint" to close a show on the Minutes To Midnight Touring Cycle. In Set B, the band performed it second-to-last in the encore, before "Faint". Set C had the song close out the main set. Beginning at the show in Phoenix, Arizona, Rob began to perform a drum solo during the bridge of the song. At the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007, the band performed the song unannounced, with Timbaland doing a remix intro of the song to introduce it. The following Minutes To Midnight Asian Tour followed the same general position of "Bleed It Out" with the same setlists as Projekt Revolution. At the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in 2007, the band performed an extended jam intro to the song, as well as Rob performing a drum solo with members of the U.C.L.A. "BRUIN" marching band during the extended bridge.
At the beginning of 2008, the band debuted three more setlists on the first Minutes To Midnight European Tour of the year. Set R and Set T both had the song close out the main set, and Set S had it open the second encore. The Slow to Fast Outro was dropped from the song as a regular ending, but still made appearances here and there. At the show in Frankfurt, Germany, the extended bridge also featured a rendition of "Happy Birthday", sung to Rob after his drum solo. At the last show of the tour in London, England, Chester sang the entire chorus once as an extended intro to the song. The song remained in its positions in the three setlists on the following tour in North America. However, during this tour began experimentation with verses over the extended bridge. Due to "Points Of Authority" being dropped because of Chester being sick in West Valley City, Utah, the outro jam was tacked onto the end of "Papercut", without the added verse of "There They Go" by Fort Minor. So, Mike rapped the verse over the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out".
On the second European Tour of the year, the band debuted three more setlists. All three sets Set X, Set Y, and Set Z, "Bleed It Out" closed the main set, debuting a new extended ending. The Slow to Fast Outro made a rare appearance, only being performed once. Mike took performing verses over "Bleed It Out" up another notch, performing a verse from the Xero song, "Reading My Eyes" over the bridge after an LPU member brought the Xero Demo Tape to the meet and greet. The band was playing the full song in another setlist of the tour, however (Set X). The final performances of the song in 2008, throughout Projekt Revolution 2008, saw it become to new closing song in Set X and Set Z, while it remained as the closing song of the main set in Set Y. As the final song, it featured a brand new extended drum solo intro, and featured the Street Drum Corps from the extended bridge to the extended ending.
While the 2009 touring cycle with short lived, "Bleed It Out" still had some new additions. Throughout the tour, it was the closing song of the main set. It featured a new drum solo intro by Rob as well as a new extended fast ending. The song kept its regular extensions throughout the tour and did not change much, except for the final international date of the tour in Macao, China, where the band extended the bridge of the song and Mike rapped verse one of "Papercut", which was not being played on the tour.
2010 marked the beginning of the era in which the bridge of "Bleed It Out" consistently featured a piece of another song over the extended bridge. It was mainly performed at the end of the set: it closed the show in both Set A-1 and Set A-3. The only show on the A Thousand Suns European Tour in which it did not close the show was in London, England, where it was moved back a spot in the encore and "One Step Closer" closed instead. Starting at their show at the Maquinaria Festival, Mike began to sing the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" over the extended bridge. This remained as the most common bridge song for "Bleed It Out" for much of the following A Thousand Suns European Tour. On the date in Dortmund, Germany, Mike pointed out members of the LPLive forums and dedicated verse one of "A Place For My Head" to them - the first time he'd rapped the verse of the bridge! The band took it a step further two shows later in Hamburg, Germany, where Chester sang the bridge of "A Place For My Head" after Mike rapped the first verse over the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out". After that point, the band rotated "Burning In The Skies" and "A Place For My Head" over the bridge. At the show in Frankfurt, Germany. Mike rapped verse one of "Reading My Eyes" over the extended intro of "Bleed It Out" - the first time he had done a verse of the intro of the song. He did the same thing again later in the tour, in Birmingham, England. Instead of a song, a the date in Newcastle, England, Mike and Chester conducted a sing-a-long, akin to what they did in 2007 and 2008. "A Place For My Head" was performed over the extended bridge for all of the following shows in the Middle East.
On the following Australian Tour, the band changed their setlists a little bit. Set A-1 remained, still featuring "Bleed It Out" as the closing song. In the new set, Set B, it closed the main set instead. Mike rapped verse one of "Reading My Eyes" over the extended intro of the song again, this time in the first night in Melbourne, Victoria. The band continued to rotate Mike rapping "A Place For My Head" and Chester singing the bridge and Mike singing the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" throughout the tour. Starting on the second night of Melbourne, Victoria, the band began playing Set B-9, where "Burning In The Skies" (and "Blackout") debuted live, so "A Place For My Head" was performed over the bridge in that set every time. For the next two shows, Rob began performing a drum solo again and the band conducted a sing-a-long during the bridge, as well as the verse and bridge from "A Place For My Head".
2011 had just as many variations as 2010, if not more. The band debuted new setlists for the A Thousand Suns North American Tour. Set A-1 and Set C-6 featured "Bleed It Out" as the closing song, and sets B-11, B-13, and C-5 all featured it as the closing song of the main set. The band continued to rotate the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head" and the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" over the extended bridge. For two shows, in Tampa, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, the band even did both instances of songs over the bridge of "Bleed It Out". They did this again in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sets that featured the full version of "Burning In The Skies" always featured "A Place For My Head" in the bridge of "Bleed It Out". Rob performed a drum solo during the bridge at the shows in Salt Lake City, Utah and Dallas, Texas.
The band brought out three more setlists on the following A Thousand Suns European Tour, where "Bleed It Out" closed the show in Set A and Set D, and was third-from-last behind "Faint" and "One Step Closer" in Set B. In Set C, it originally performed as the closing song, but eventually swapped placed with "One Step Closer" and closed the main set instead. The extended bridge of "Bleed It Out" still rotated the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" and the veres and bridge of "A Place For My Head'. The Download Festival featured both songs in the bridge, Stockholm, Sweden, Leipzig, Germany, and Los Angeles, California featured drum solos in the bridge. The shows at Hessentag, Hamburg, Germany, and München, Germany featured one of the most massive "Bleed It Out" bridges to date: "Reading My Eyes" verse one, a drum solo, and the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head" all in one! On the final tour of the cycle, the A Thousand Suns Asian Tour, "Bleed It Out" retained its positions in the three setlists. In the new setlist, Set E, "Bleed It Out" closed the show. Every extended bridge of the tour featured the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head". The first show of the tour in Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong and the shows in Nagoya, Japan, Osaka, Japan, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Singapore, Singapore featured a drum solo over the bridge. For two shows mid tour, in Chiba, Japan and Yokohama, Japan, the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out" feature the only performances of "No Roads Left" ever, with Mike singing the first verse and chorus before "A Place For My Head"'s verse and bridge.
Extensive changes in the bridge of "Bleed It Out" ended during the Living Things era, where the band consistently played what they had rehearsed. For the European Tour, "Bleed It Out" was third-to-last in the setlist in the festival setlist, and closed out the shows for the headlining setlist. In almost every performance of the song in 2012, the band performed a cover of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" during the bridge, to honor the passing of their rapper/bassist, MCA (Adam Yauch). In addition, the song was also performed with an extended outro. On the Honda Civic Tour, the band has three new setlists. "Bleed It Out" closed the shows in Set A, while it closed the main set in Set B and Set C. Near the end of the Honda Civic Tour, starting in Englewood, Colorado, guitarist Mike Einzinger from Incubus began to perform a guitar solo after the band performed "Sabotage", further extending the bridge. During the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, a shortened version of the song was featured in the second slot of the setlist for the first time ever. At the final show of 2012, at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, the band dropped the "Sabotage" bridge (after original listing it on the setlist). On the physical setlist, it listed "[to be retired]" after the "Sabotage" note of "Bleed It Out".
In 2013, "Bleed It Out" did not feature an extended bridge for the first time since 2007. It still featured an extended outro, however. The band carried over the setlists from the Honda Civic Tour throughout the rest of the Living Things World Tour. In the Festival versions of the setlist for the Living Things Australian & New Zealand Tour, it was performed second-to-last in Set A and performed third-to-last in Set B. The show in Melbourne, Victoria is the only show on the entire touring cycle to feature a drum solo during the extended bridge. At the final show of the leg, at the Soundwave Festival in Claremont, Joe sampled a part of the "Harlem Shake" over the extended bridge of the song. For the the final tour of the cycle, the Living Things Asian Tour, the band brought back the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out" on a consistent basis. To honor the band performing at the Sunset Strip again (as a result of their appearance at the Sunset Strip Music Festival), Mike began rapping verse one of "Reading My Eyes" over the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out". He continued to do this at every other show of the Asian leg of the tour.
In early 2014, "Bleed It Out" saw some unique activity. At the first show for the Harman Infinity One Launch, it closed the show with only its extended outro as an extension. The next show in Las Vegas, Nevada saw it close the main set, this time with an extended bridge that had a chorus sing-a-long. For the Concert For The Philippines, "Bleed It Out" featured a drum battle between Rob and Blink-182's Travis Barker over the extended bridge, as well as its classic extended intro and extended ending. On The Hunting Party World Tour for the year, the band performed a sing-a-long version of the refrain from "The Catalyst". Rob's drum solo also returned, on a now consistent basis. At the band's appearance on the Warped Tour, the band was joined by Machine Gun Kelly (and all of the other guests that joined the band that show) to perform the song - Machine Gun Kelly rapped a verse of his song "What I Do" over the bridge.
In 2015, the band continued performing a sing-a-long of "The Catalyst" during the ill-fated The Hunting Party North American Tour, that was cancelled after three shows. When the band returned to touring in May, the bridge received some changes. The drum solo became less and less consistent, while the refrain sing-a-long of "The Catalyst" was replaced by a regular sing-a-long (seemingly by the mistake of Chester at the Rock In Rio USA show, but it ultimately replaced "The Catalyst"). At The Hunting Party European Tour's Berlin stop, Mike rapped "There They Go" over the intro of "Bleed it Out". At the final show of the touring cycle, at Relief Live, Page Hamilton from Helmet joined the band for the song.
Last Updated: December 24, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Intro riff repeated||July 25, 2007||November 7, 2015|
|Intro||Timbaland Intro||September 9, 2007||September 9, 2007|
|Intro||Ext. Intro Jam||December 8, 2007||December 8, 2007|
|Intro||Ext. Intro w/ Chorus||January 25, 2008||January 29, 2008|
|Intro||2008 Drum Solo Intro||July 16, 2008||August 23, 2008|
|Intro||2008 Drum Solo Intro w/ Brad Prank||August 9, 2008||August 9, 2008|
|Intro||w/ Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"||August 16, 2008||August 16, 2008|
|Intro||2008 Drum Solo Intro + "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1||August 21, 2008||August 21, 2008|
|Intro||2009 Drum Solo Intro||July 19, 2009||August 22, 2009|
|Intro||w/ "Papercut" Verse 1||August 16, 2009||August 16, 2009|
|Intro||w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1||November 2, 2010||August 21, 2014|
|Intro||w/ "There They Go" Verse 1||September 3, 2015||September 3, 2015|
|Bridge||w/ Sing-a-long||June 1, 2007||November 7, 2015|
|Bridge||w/ Sing-a-long + Drum Solo||August 1, 2007||June 29, 2008|
|Bridge||Riff repeated||September 7, 2007||July 26, 2009|
|Bridge||w/ Sing-a-long + Happy Birthday + Drum Solo||October 20, 2007||January 20, 2008|
|Bridge||w/ Sing-a-long + Drum Solos (Rob + BRUIN)||December 8, 2007||December 8, 2007|
|Bridge||w/ Drum Solo||February 12, 2008||June 5, 2008|
|Bridge||w/ "There They Go" Verse 1 + Sing-a-long + Drum Solo||March 8, 2008||March 8, 2008|
|Bridge||w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 + Sing-a-long + Drum Solo||June 20, 2008||June 20, 2008|
|Bridge||w/ Street Drum Corps||July 16, 2008||August 24, 2008|
|Bridge||w/ "Burning In The Skies" Chorus||October 9, 2010||June 11, 2011|
|Bridge||w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1||October 26, 2010||October 26, 2010|
|Bridge||w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge||October 29, 2010||May 4, 2012|
|Bridge||w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge; + Drum Solo + Sing-a-long||December 13, 2010||December 15, 2010|
|Bridge||w/ "Burning In The Skies" Chorus + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge||January 22, 2011||June 12, 2011|
|Bridge||w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge; + Drum Solo||January 25, 2011||June 14, 2011|
|Bridge||w/ Drum Solo + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge||June 18, 2011||September 25, 2011|
|Bridge||w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 + Drum Solo + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge||June 19, 2011||June 25, 2011|
|Bridge||w/ "No Roads Left" Verse 1 + Chorus; + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge||September 11, 2011||September 13, 2011|
|Bridge||w/ Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"||May 18, 2012||November 10, 2012|
|Bridge||w/ Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" + Guitar Solo (performed by Mike Einziger)||August 30, 2012||September 8, 2012|
|Bridge||w/ Baauer's "Harlem Shake"||March 4, 2013||March 4, 2013|
|Bridge||w/ Travis Barker + Rob Drum Solos||January 11, 2014||January 11, 2014|
|Bridge||w/ Drum Solo + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long||May 24, 2014||November 23, 2014|
|Bridge||w/ Machine Gun Kelly's "What I Do" (performed by Machine Gun Kelly)||June 22, 2014||June 22, 2014|
|Bridge||w/ Drum Solo Tease + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long w/ Faster Tempo||August 6, 2014||August 6, 2014|
|Bridge||w/ "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long||August 15, 2014||January 18, 2015|
|Bridge||w/ Drum Solo + Fugazi's "Waiting Room" + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long||November 12, 2014||November 12, 2014|
|Bridge||w/ Drum Solo + Guitar Solo + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long||November 24, 2014||November 24, 2014|
|Bridge||w/ Guitar Solo (performed by Page Hamilton)||November 14, 2015||November 14, 2015|
|Outro||Slow -> Fast Outro||July 25, 2007||June 7, 2008|
|Outro||Ext. Ending||February 12, 2008||November 14, 2015|
|Outro||Ext. Fast Ending||July 21, 2009||August 22, 2009|
|Outro||Ext. Outro||October 11, 2010||January 11, 2014|
|Alternative||Shortened (Until Bridge)||September 22, 2012||September 22, 2012|
Last Updated: December 23, 2015
- Aaron Pauley (Of Mice & Men)
- Alan Ashby (Of Mice & Men)
- Austin Carlile (Of Mice & Men)
- Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
- David Schmitt (Breathe Carolina)
- Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember)
- Jeremy DePoyster (The Devil Wears Prada)
- Machine Gun Kelly
- Michael Bohn (Issues)
- Mike Einziger (Incubus)
- Mike Hrancia (The Devil Wears Prada)
- Nate Barcalow (Finch)
- Page Hamilton (Helmet)
- Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
- Ryan Key (Yellowcard)
- Street Drum Corps
- Tim McIlrath (Rise Against/The Killing Tree)
- Travis Barker (Blink-182)
- Tyler Carter (Issues)
- UCLA BRUIN Marching Band
- Valentino Arteaga (Of Mice & Men)
- Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)
Awards and Nominations
|2007||Planeta Awards||Rock Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Planeta Awards||Best Male Vocal Interpretation (Chester Bennington / Mike Shinoda)||Won|
|2008||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Special Effects||Nominated|
|2008||MuchMusic Video Awards||Best International Group Video||Won|
Yeah / Here we go for the hundredth time
In Other Media
- "Bleed It Out" is featured in the 2010 videogame Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.
- "Bleed It Out" was released in 2015 as part of a DLC for the 2013 videogame Rocksmith 2014.
"Bleed It Out" have been played live in 2011 by Punch, a cover band fronted by Jeff Gutt. What's interesting about this cover in particular is that, for many years, many Dry Cell (Gutt's former band) songs have been mistaken for Linkin Park songs, the most prominent being an early version of "Body Crumbles".
- Bleed It Out (Music Video): LPTV | WBR | MTV
- Bleed It Out (Live Earth Japan 2007) - LPTV | WBR | Dailymotion
- Bleed It Out (Clarkston 2007) - Simply New | Simply New Vimeo | Marc Scarpa | NowWhat
- Bleed It Out (Milton Keynes 2008) - LPTV| WBR | WMG