Numb

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"Numb"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
Recorded 2002
Released September 8, 2003
Format CD
Length 03:07
Stems Rock Band 3 (DLC)
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 110
Key F# Minor
Live debut July 4, 2003
Last played November 14, 2015
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Don Gilmore, Linkin Park
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

Faint (2003) Numb (2003) From The Inside (2004)

Meteora track listing
  1. Foreword
  2. Don't Stay
  3. Somewhere I Belong
  4. Lying From You
  5. Hit The Floor
  6. Easier To Run
  7. Faint
  8. Figure.09
  9. Breaking The Habit
  10. From The Inside
  11. Nobody's Listening
  12. Session
  13. Numb

"Numb" is the thirteenth and final track on Linkin Park's sophomore album Meteora. It was released as the album's third single on September 8, 2003, and quickly became one of Linkin Park's top singles. It is instantly recognizable by its keyboard intro.

Background

In March 2003, Mike Shinoda did a track-by-track of Meteora for ShoutWeb. About "Numb", he said, "The last song is called "Numb" which starts with a nice keyboard hook. I thinks it was a nice way to end the album because it kind of sums up the record. It's very recognizable as our sound. It sounds like a Linkin Park song but it does have some mood that Meteora has if that makes any sense. Maybe I can say that better. When you hear it, you can easily recognize it as a Linkin Park song but it obviously belongs on Meteora. It obviously belongs in this new group of songs just because of the way the tone of the song is and the lyrics are. It's kind of about those times when you've got no feeling left or you just don't care. It's almost like exhaustion or something which funny enough is how we felt after touring last year."

On the Meteora booklet, the band wrote, "Just one week before the band entered NRG Studios to begin recording, this song was conceived. Built around the intro hook, the song came together quickly and almost effortlessly."

Tracklist

CD Single 1

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Numb Linkin Park 3:06
2 From The Inside (Live) Linkin Park 2:55
3 Numb (Video) Linkin Park 3:07

CD Single 2

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Numb Linkin Park 3:06
2 Easier To Run (Live) Linkin Park 3:22
3 Faint (Video) Linkin Park 2:48

Music Video

Music Video

The music video for "Numb" was directed by Joe Hahn and stars Briana Evigan as an unpopular outcast young female student. The word "Numb" can be seen cut in her arm. Camera and electrical department was handled by Mike Tenerelli.

Parts of the video were filmed on Charles Bridge and in the Gymnázium Jana Keplera in Prague 6, the largest district in Prague, Czech Republic.

The film "Eurotrip" was being shot at the same time as "Numb" and Michelle Trachtenberg, one of the stars, was asked to be on the video but missed out on the opportunity due to an actor not remembering his line. She said: "Linkin Park was at our hotel at the time of shooting. They asked me to be in the video. I went to the boys and they said ‘Yeah sounds good, but it’s this one day and we’ve got this amazing French actor. He’s brilliant. He’s only available this one day.’ He was the worst actor I’ve ever worked with my entire life. He couldn’t remember, ‘What would you like to eat?’"

The rest of the video had to be delayed in over a month due to a viral infection that sent Chester to intensive care at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. He suddenly found himself losing feeling in his fingers, followed by his arms, feet and legs, and was found by his wife passed out in his home, collapsed on the floor. At hospital, he was administered morphine, and the pain medication Dilaudid. The band was forced to reschedule everything.

About the incident, Chester said, "It was werid. I was in peak phyiscal condition a few months back, I was ready to go, and then, on that one morning, I wake up with a slight ache in my back. Two hours after that, I feel like I'm going to die! Over the next nine days, I lose 17 pounds. I'm still having problems with my energy."

The scenes of Linkin Park performing were shot at the First Congregational Church, located in Koreatown, Los Angeles, substituting the gothic church in Prague.

Mike Shinoda spoke to MTV about the video in September 2003: "I think that Joe [Hahn] built up all this creative energy and he’s really done a great job on the video for ’Numb’. It’s more of a concept video. It’s more of a story. It’s not identical to the story of the song, but it is similar in that the emotions that go on in the video are similar to those in the song."

Live Video

A second music video for "Numb" was created to promote Live In Texas.

The video features scenes taken from various moments on the DVD instead of using only the "Numb" footage.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Numb Meteora

Numb

3:07 2002 March 25, 2003
Numb Meteora - Instrumentals

Radio Publishing Instrumentals CD

3:04 2002
  • Official instrumental version.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Numb/Encore Collision Course

Numb/Encore

3:25 2004 November 30, 2004
  • Mash-up with Jay-Z.
Numb/Encore Collision Course (Clean)

Numb/Encore

3:25 2004 November 30, 2004
  • Labeled as "Numb/Encore (Radio Edit)" on the vinyl single.
  • Labeled as "Numb/Encore (Clean Version)" on the digital EP.
Numb/Encore (Bonus Beat) Numb/Encore 1:42 2004 December 13, 2004
Numb (Intro) (8 Bit Rebellion Version) 8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones 0:31 2010 April 17, 2010
  • 8-bit version.
  • Intro only.
Numb (Chorus) (8 Bit Rebellion Version) 8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones 0:32 2010 April 17, 2010
  • 8-bit version.
  • Chorus only.
Numb/Encore (Instrumental) Numb/Encore 3:27 2004 December 13, 2004
Numb/Encore (A Cappella) Numb/Encore 3:19 2004 December 13, 2004
  • Labeled as "Numb/Encore (A Capella Explicit)" on the vinyl single.
Numb/Encore (A Cappella) (Clean Version) Numb/Encore 3:19 2004 December 13, 2004
  • Labeled as "Numb/Encore (A Capella Radio Edit)" on the vinyl single.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Numb Live In Texas (Street Team Promo DVD)

Live In Texas

3:06 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

November 18, 2003
  • Recorded live August 2nd 2003 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX and August 3rd 2003 at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX on the Summer Sanitarium Tour.
Numb/Encore Collision Course July 18, 2004 November 30, 2004
  • Censored.
  • DVD only.
Numb/Encore Live 8 Sampler

Live 8 - One Day One Concert One World

3:37 July 02, 2005 November 4, 2005
  • Audio released on the Live 8 Sampler, video released on the official Live 8 DVD.
  • Listed as "Numb" on the sampler CD but credited to "Linkin Park with Jay-Z".
Numb LP Underground 7.0 3:09 August 05, 2007 December 5, 2007
  • Recorded live at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX on August 5, 2007.
Numb Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 3:46 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Numb/Encore (With Jay-Z) Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 3:01 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • "Encore" portion only.
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Numb/Encore (With Jay-Z) Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (Clean) 3:01 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Censored.
  • "Encore" portion only.
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
  • Despite the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" warning on the vinyl, all copies are censored.
Numb (Live From Tel Aviv, 11-15-10) 2011 North American Tour EP 4:29 November 15, 2010 December 20, 2010
Numb Live In Madrid 3:10 November 07, 2010 April 1, 2011
Numb Live In Red Square 5:05 June 23, 2011 July 21, 2011
  • Released as a prize for the "Iridescent" "Super-Fun Trading Fun-Cards" game. After all six cards were collected, the person could enter the codes of each card at linkinpark.com to get a free download of the full show.
Numb (Live New York, 2008) Meteora - Live Around The World 3:41 February 21, 2008 June 5, 2012
Numb Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany June 05, 2012 March 29, 2013
Numb (Live In LA 9.8.12) The Hunting Party (Xbox Music) 3:17 September 08, 2012 June 21, 2014

Live

"Numb" has been a signature song in Linkin Park setlists since it's debut on the Meteora touring cycle. The song was first performed on Metallica's Summer Sanitarium Tour in 2003, after the record label encouraged the band to perform the song after wanting to push it as the next single for Meteora. Throughout the year, the song tended to be performed near the end of the main set, usually three songs from the encore break. Beginning on the band's Meteora Australian and Asian Tour, at the first night in Tokyo, Japan, "Numb" was given a new guitar interlude intro that would be performed briefly before being dropped after a few shows. The song maintained the late-set position throughout the rest of the touring cycle. On the Meteora International Tour, "Numb" was performed with a new guitar intro, that was eventually transitioned from the outro of "Breaking The Habit" on Projekt Revolution. The studio version of the song was not performed throughout all of 2005, but rather "Numb/Encore" being performed at the two Linkin Park shows throughout the year with Jay-Z. "Numb/Encore" even closed the second of the two 2005 shows. Mike performed a shortened version of "Numb/Encore" with Fort Minor in the later part of 2005, as well. In 2006, the band mashed up "Numb/Encore" with The Beatles' "Yesterday", performing a mashup with Jay-Z and Paul McCartney at the 2006 Grammy Awards, that mashup being dubbed "Numb/Encore/Yesterday", or "Yesternumb". The studio version of the song was finally brought back in August, on the brief Summer Sonic stint in Japan, where the song was performed as the third song in the setlist at all shows.

"Numb" returned to a late-set position on the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle, with an added keyboard transition outro that segued into the piano version of "Pushing Me Away". When the band introduced rotating setlists on Projekt Revolution 2007, "Numb" was located mid-set in all three setlists, transitioning into the piano version of "Pushing Me Away" throughout the rest of the year. When three new sets were introduced in 2008, "Numb" retained the mid-set position with the keyboard transition, which went into either a short keyboard cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" or "The Little Things Give You Away". This position was maintained in the new summer setlists, as well. Nothing changed in 2009, either, except for the keyboard transition going into "Breaking The Habit" instead of any of the previous options.

On the A Thousand Suns touring cycle, "Numb" escaped it's typical position and was moved up a bit in the setlist. Replacing the keyboard transition outro was a transition outro featuring the Robert J. Oppenheimer speech from "The Radiance" being remixed by Joe over piano chords and Mike singing the first verse lyrics from "The Catalyst" through a vocoder, transitioning into "Breaking The Habit". In Set B-9, "Burning In The Skies" got its live debut and replaced "Breaking The Habit" in the setlist, so the Oppenheimer Outro transitioned into that song instead. "Numb" stayed in its general position mid-set, but transitioned into different songs depending on the setlist. In Set A and C, the outro transitioned into "Breaking The Habit", and in Set B, into "Iridescent". This stayed true in the summer as well, however the transitions for Set C and Set B were swapped.

"Numb" finally escaped the mid-set curse on the Living Things touring cycle. On the promotional European festival tour, "Numb" was featured in the early-mid set position before "Lies Greed Misery", and in the headlining set was featured as the second-to-last song in the encore, before "Bleed It Out". On the Honda Civic Tour, "Numb" gained an extended outro featuring parts of "Numb/Encore". Set A originally featured "Numb" in the second-to-last spot of the encore, before the song was eventually moved into the main set before "What I've Done", Set B featured the song later in the main set after "Lost In The Echo", and in Set C, the song was featured second-to-last in the main set before "Bleed It Out".

"Numb" saw less movement on The Hunting Party touring cycle. The song retained the "Numb/Encore" outro, and also featured an extended intro featuring the song. It transitioned from the extended outro of Mike's Solo Medley. When the rotating sets were introduced on the Carnivores Tour, "Numb" stayed in the same position in Set A as it was on the promotional festival tour, but in Set B, it was performed after Joe's Solo Medley without the "Numb/Encore" intro. The song retained this general position throughout the rest of the touring cycle, the only notable change being that it came after "Welcome" after its debut in Mexico. At the Relief Live! event at the end of the touring cycle, Mark Hoppus form Blink-182 and Adrian Young from No Doubt joined the band for a performance of the song.

Variations

Last Updated: December 23, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Guitar Interlude Intro October 24, 2003 October 29, 2003
Intro Guitar Intro June 3, 2004 September 11, 2004
Intro Keyboard Intro October 7, 2012 October 7, 2012
Intro 'Numb/Encore' Intro + Verse 1 Guitar May 24, 2014 November 1, 2015
Outro Keyboard Transition Outro April 28, 2007 September 14, 2010
Outro Keyboard Transition Outro w/ The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" Tease June 11, 2008 July 12, 2008
Outro Oppenheimer Speech w/ 'The Catalyst' Lyrics October 7, 2010 September 25, 2011
Outro Oppenheimer Speech w/ 'The Catalyst' Lyrics + Ext. Piano Outro November 5, 2010 January 20, 2011
Outro 'Numb/Encore' Outro (Mike Only) August 11, 2012 August 17, 2012
Outro 'Numb/Encore' Outro August 19, 2012 November 14, 2015
Alternative Shortened (No Second Verse of Second Chorus) June 23, 2012 June 23, 2012

Live Guests

Last Updated: December 23, 2015

  • Adrian Young (No Doubt)
  • Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
  • Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)

Promotion

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Status
2004 MTV Video Music Brazil Best International Video Won
2004 MuchMusic Video Awards People's Choice: Favourite International Group Won
2004 Radio Music Awards Song of the Year: Rock Alternative Radio Won

Personnel

Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington: vocals
  • Rob Bourdon: drums
  • Brad Delson: guitar
  • Joseph Hahn: records, sampling
  • Phoenix: bass
  • Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, sampling

Production

  • Don Gilmore: producer
  • Andy Wallace: mixer

Lyrics

Gallery

In Other Media

  • "Numb" is featured in the 2008 film The Tragic And Painful Waxing Of Mr. Simon.
  • "Numb" was released in 2011 as part of a DLC for the 2010 videogame Rock Band 3.
  • "Numb" was released in 2015 as part of a DLC for the 2013 videogame Rocksmith 2014.

Cover Versions

American Linkin Park fan Ken Stokes (also known as TheKen, Modist, and ModistOne), who gained acclaim for his piano renditions of Linkin Park songs,[1] recorded a cover of "Numb" with vocalist Joanna which is commonly mistaken for an Evanescence song.

"Numb" was performed by British artist Jamelia on the Live Lounge section of The Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 1 in 2004. Later that year, she performed the cover during her UK Tour.[2] The BBC recording of the cover was included in the compilation Radio 1's Live Lounge, released on October 16, 2006.

Argentinian rock band N.H.E.M recorded a live in studio version of "Numb" which was uploaded to their YouTube channel in 2011.[3]

Dutch DJ Hardwell played a mash-up of Jordy Dazz' "At Night", "Numb" and Chuckie's "Who Is Ready To Jump (Glowinthedark Higher Club Mix)" as part of his set at various shows in 2013.

Rhode Island based electronicore band It Lives, It Breathes (formed by members of the late metalcore band A Faylene Sky) released a double A-side digital single on August 25, 2013 at 4pm[4] containing covers of "Numb" by Linkin Park and "My Plague" by Slipknot.[5] It is currently available on their BandCamp page.[6]

French DJ David Guetta played a remix of "Numb" as part of his set at various shows in Brazil in January 2015.

American electronic band Breathe Carolina performed "Numb" at various shows during their Anywhere But Home Tour in 2015.

Manchester based metalcore band Empires Fade recorded a cover of "Numb" with an accompanying music video which was released on their YouTube channel on December 16, 2015.[7]

Tarja Turunen, who rose to fame as Nightwish's original lead singer, performed "Numb" during a special concert at the Wacken Metal Church that opened the 2016 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival. Tarja performed together with piano, cello and violin in front of only 300 handpicked fans.[8]

Australian rock band Hands Like Houses performed "Numb" as part of APTV's Zippo Encore Sessions that took place at the 2016 edition of the Carolina Rebellion festival.[9]

Floridian post-hardcore band Fame On Fire recorded a cover of "Numb" in 2016 after fans voted for them to cover it.[10] A music video was released on October 7[11] and a digital single was released on October 12.[12]

On July 1st, 2017, "Numb" was performed by 200 musicians as part of the fifth Rocknmob that took place in Moscow, Russia.[13]

Other Uses

  • This song was sampled by Nicki Minaj in the song "Encore '07" on the mixtape "Playtime Is Over" released in 2007.
  • "Numb" was accidentally played for 0.7 seconds instead of the Maltese national anthem during Malta's friendly match against Slovakia on September 4, 2014.[14]

External Links

References

  1. theken | Grooveshark - Free Music Streaming
  2. Jamelia - Numb Live (UK Tour 2004) - YouTube, December 17, 2006
  3. N.H.E.M - Numb (Linkin Park - Acoustic cover) - YouTube, July 07, 2011
  4. It Lives, It Breathes TRIBUTE to LINKIN PARK and SLIPKNOT TODAY 4PM!
  5. It Lives, It Breathes Cover Linkin Park & Slipknot, August 26, 2013
  6. Linkin Park/Slipknot Tribute | It Lives, It Breathes, August 25, 2013
  7. VIDEO: Empires Fade – Numb (Linkin Park cover) | DEAD PRESS! | Alternative music news, reviews, interviews and more!, December 16, 2015
  8. Tarja Turunen | Special concert at the Metal Church, Wacken, July 15, 2016
  9. Zippo Encore Sessions: HANDS LIKE HOUSES - "Numb" [LINKIN PARK COVER - YouTube], August 16, 2016
  10. Fame On Fire - Timeline | Facebook, September 26, 2016
  11. Fame On Fire - Timeline | Facebook, October 07, 2016
  12. Fame On Fire - Timeline | Facebook, October 12, 2016
  13. Rocknmob - While official video is still in progress, you..., July 11, 2017
  14. Malta's national anthem replaced with Linkin Park's Numb at Slovakia match | The Independent, September 05, 2014