|Song by Linkin Park from the album Meteora|
|Live debut||February 23, 2003|
|Last played||August 24, 2008|
|Producer||Don Gilmore, Linkin Park|
"Foreword" is the opening track on Linkin Park's sophomore album Meteora. It is a short track that doesn't feature anything except the sound of smashing a piece of metal. It transitions directly into "Don't Stay."
"Foreword" was recorded at Mike Shinoda's house, after the rest of Meteora was finished and served as an intro for the album.
In March 2003, Mike did a track-by-track of Meteora for ShoutWeb. About "Foreword", he said, ""Foreword" is just an intro. If you know what Foley work is, it's my first attempt at Foley work. Basically, it's noises I made in the studio breaking things. We have this CD player and CD burner attached to my computer, which basically just ate shit during the writing process. It gave Chester and I such a hard time! Burning CDs which should have taken a minute were taking 20 minutes, 30 minutes, to an hour. I just got so frustrated with the thing, I put it to the side knowing that I was going to beat it with a baseball bat and that's what I did. I smashed it with a baseball bat on metal table."
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Foreword||Meteora||0:13||2002||March 25, 2003|
|Don't Stay||LP Underground 3.0||3:11||August 02, 2003||November 17, 2003||
|Don't Stay||LP Underground 3.0 Enhanced Content||3:12||August 11, 2003||November 17, 2003||
|Don't Stay||Live In Texas||August 02, 2003||November 18, 2003||
|Don't Stay (Live In Shanghai, 2007)||Meteora - Live Around The World||3:16||November 18, 2007||June 5, 2012||
|Don't Stay (Live In Texas)||Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)||3:19||August 02, 2003||April 7, 2023||
|Don't Stay (Live In Nottingham 2003)||Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)||3:15||March 03, 2003||April 7, 2023||
|Don't Stay||Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)||3:11||July 12, 2003||April 7, 2023||
|Don't Stay||Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)||3:07||October 29, 2003||April 7, 2023||
"Foreword" has only been used as an intro to "Don't Stay" and obviously has been sampled each time it has been used. Almost every performance of "Don't Stay" in the Meteora and Minutes To Midnight eras featured the song as an intro for "Don't Stay", the exceptions being Summer Sanitarium 2003 when the "Devil Worship Intro" went into "Don’t Stay" (with the very last second of "Foreword" being used) and the second half of 2004, where the "Gacela Intro" was added to as the intro for "Don't Stay", replacing "Foreword."
- Chester Bennington: vocals
- Rob Bourdon: drums, backing vocals
- Brad Delson: guitars, bass, backing vocals
- Joseph Hahn: records, sampling, backing vocals
- Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, beats, sampling
- Phoenix: bass
While the song is credited to Linkin Park, it is Mike Shinoda who created "Foreword."
- Don Gilmore: producer
- Andy Wallace: mixer
- Foreword (Official Audio): YouTube