No More Sorrow
|"No More Sorrow"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album Minutes To Midnight|
|Working title||Ebow Idea / Ebow|
|Recorded||2006 - 2007|
|Format||Digital, Cassete, CD, Vinyl, DVD|
|Stems||Guitar Hero 3: Legends Of Rock (Reprise/Warner Track Pack)|
|Live debut||March 14, 2007|
|Last played||September 25, 2011|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
"No More Sorrow" is the eighth track off of Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight.
The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight provided some insight into the song's creation. "While the band was recording at the Laurel studio, Rick suggested that Brad try adding ebow to “The Little Things Give You Away.” The ebow is a hand-held device that vibrates guitar strings by generating an electric pulse. Although Brad ultimately decided not to add ebow to “The Little Things,” his experimentation produced the introductory sound around which “No More Sorrow” was built. Originally titled “Ebow Idea,” “No More Sorrow” was loosely constructed that same night, though the band went back and cut the song live on their last day at Laurel." Chester Bennington cited "No More Sorrow" as an example of the depth that could be found on Minutes To Midnight, and Rob Bourdon called it the heaviest song on the album.
The April 2007 issue of a French magazine published a track by track of Minutes To Midnight on which Chester said (loosely translated from English to French and back to English), "The guitar part is very powerful. There is a sample of my authorship in the texture of the song. In our studio, the ventilation system once broke down, I decided to take a flashlight and look inside the pipe. The flashlight clung to the edges of the hole in the pipe, like the blows of swords. Mike wanted to sample this sound in the song."
In the Making of Minutes To Midnight DVD, there is a scene near the end that shows Linkin Park finishing the album at NRG, the studio in North Hollywood, CA where a majority of their music was recorded. Mike and Chester explain that the inside joke with the band was that someone would say the album was finally completed by announcing "...and we're done!" before then having someone record another part. The DVD shows Mike explaining that after Chester had left the studio for the day, Mike noticed that just one word was not doubled on a vocal take and that he couldn't just copy it over on the computer from another take. He had to call Chester to come back to the studio to record the one word, which ended up being the very end of "No More Sorrow." Chester joked that he wouldn't believe the album was fully completed until he could buy it in a store. This was the last part of the album recorded by the band before the strings were recorded, until they decided to write "What I've Done".
An 8-bit version of "No More Sorrow" was created for inclusion in 8-Bit Rebellion!, and the intro and bridge of the 8-bit rendition were used as ringtones.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|No More Sorrow||Minutes To Midnight
|3:41||2006-2007||May 14, 2007|
|No More Sorrow||Minutes To Midnight Instrumentals||3:49||2006-2007||
|No More Sorrow (8 Bit Rebellion Version)||8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones||0:31||2010||April 17, 2010||
|No More Sorrow (8 Bit Rebellion Version)||8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones||0:30||2010||April 17, 2010||
|No More Sorrow (8-Bit)||8-Bit Rebellion!||3:42||2010||April 26, 2010||
|No More Sorrow||Minutes To Midnight (MVI Disc)||3:40||March, 2007||May 14, 2007||
|No More Sorrow (Live At AOL Sessions)||Minutes To Midnight (BestBuy Edition)||3:44||March 14, 2007||May 14, 2007||
|No More Sorrow (Live)||No More Sorrow (Live)||3:45||March, 2007||2007|
|No More Sorrow (11/18/07 LP Live Shanghai)||Minutes To Midnight (Asian Tour Edition)||3:55||November 18, 2007||November 21, 2007||
|No More Sorrow||LP Underground 7.0||5:13||August 21, 2007||December 5, 2007||
|No More Sorrow (Live)||Champs Sports USB Wristband||3:58||August 22, 2007||July 16, 2008||
|No More Sorrow||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes||5:06||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|No More Sorrow||Live In Red Square||5:31||June 23, 2011||July 21, 2011||
|No More Sorrow (Live From Taipei, 2009)||Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World||4:57||August 13, 2009||June 12, 2012|
"No More Sorrow" was a major part of the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle setlists. Both this song and "Given Up" were performed under their working titles during band rehearsals in March 2007, "No More Sorrow" being performed as "Ebow". It was the first song to get its live debut from the album, it being the first new song in the setlist at the first show in the cycle at Berlin, Germany ("Given Up" and "What I've Done" were also debuted live at that show, but came after "No More Sorrow"). For much of the promotional touring in Europe, "No More Sorrow" was featured near the beginning of the set. Starting at the show in Rock im Park, Brad began to perform an extended guitar intro tease to the song at various shows. When the band began rotating setlists on Projekt Revolution 2007, "No More Sorrow" was featured early in the set with a short intro in Set A and Set C, and opened the show with a longer version of the intro in Set B. The band created new setlists in the winter of 2008, with "No More Sorrow" being featured as the opener of Set R with its long intro, early in the set with its long intro in Set S, and with a short intro transitioning out of "Faint" in Set T. Near the end of the Minutes To Midnight North American Tour, the song was dropped from a few setlists due to Chester being sick. The song did return by the end of the tour, however. The band introduced more new setlists on the second Minutes To Midnight European Tour that year, with the song being featured early on in Set X with its long intro, early in Set Y with its short intro transitioning out of "Faint", and opening the show in Set Z. On Projekt Revolution, the song's position stayed the same but featured the Street Drum Corps on the song during performances of Set Z. The song was performed early in the set with its long intro throughout 2009.
The song was the only non-single from Minutes To Midnight to return to live sets during the A Thousand Suns touring cycle. The song was featured mid-set with its long intro throughout the entire cycle. Along with "One Step Closer", "Crawling", and "Given Up", the song was dropped at the band's performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards, but was featured in every other setlist of the cycle.
The song did not make it into any setlists on the Living Things touring cycle, but returned briefly during The Hunting Party touring cycle, where its guitar intro was featured in the extended intro for "Until It's Gone" on the European Festival tour in 2014. The intro was dropped on subsequent tours, meaning "No More Sorrow" did not make any other appearances on the tour. The song was rehearsed for the Carnivores Tour, but did not make it into the setlists.
Last Updated: December 25, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Brad Tease Intro||June 2, 2007||July 17, 2007|
|Intro||Short Intro||July 25, 2007||August 24, 2008|
|Intro||Long Intro||July 29, 2007||September 25, 2011|
|Intro||Street Drum Corps Intro: Train/Tailpipe||July 19, 2008||August 21, 2008|
Last Updated: December 25, 2015
- Street Drum Corps
- Chester Bennington
- Mike Shinoda
- Brad Delson
- Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
- Joseph Hahn
- Rob Bourdon
- Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
- Engineers: Dana Neilsen, Andrew Schelps, and Ethan Mates
- Engineer Assisting: Phillip Broussard, Jr.
- Mixing: Neal Avron
- Mixing Assisting: Nicolas Fournier and George Gumbs
- Mastering: Dave Collins
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In Other Media
- "No More Sorrow" is featured in the 2007 videogame Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock.
- "No More Sorrow" (in both studio and 8-bit versions) is featured in Linkin Park's 2010 videogame 8-Bit Rebellion!.
Brazilian pop singer Luan Santana played a short instrumental version of "No More Sorrow" as an intro to his shows from 2012 to 2013.
- Kerrang!, April 2007
- The Linkin Park Times - Interviews & Articles, April 4, 2007
- LPRussia.com ~ Первый о Linkin Park ~ wap.LPRussia.com, April 22, 2007
- The Making of Minutes to Midnight (Minutes to Midnight DVD) - Linkin Park - YouTube, May 15, 2021
- Facebook, December 2013