Shadow Of The Day

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"Shadow Of The Day"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Minutes To Midnight
Working title Shadow Of The Day
Recorded 2006-2007
Released November 12, 2007
Format CD, Vinyl, Digital
Length 04:49
Stems Rock Band 3 (DLC)
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 110
Key B Major
Live debut July 25, 2007
Last played September 25, 2011
June 30, 2016 (LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent)
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

Bleed It Out (2007) Shadow Of The Day (2007) Given Up (2008)

Minutes To Midnight track listing
  1. Wake
  2. Given Up
  3. Leave Out All The Rest
  4. Bleed It Out
  5. Shadow Of The Day
  6. What I've Done
  7. Hands Held High
  8. No More Sorrow
  9. Valentine's Day
  10. In Between
  11. In Pieces
  12. The Little Things Give You Away

"Shadow Of The Day" is the fifth track off of Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight. It was released as the album's third single on November 12, 2007.

Background

In an interview with Kerrang! in 2007, Brad Delson said "This was probably the most difficult arrangement to nail. It sounded very derivative at first but then we kept kept replacing different elements on it. We put an acoustic guitar on it, then an electric banjo and then a marimba. It's definitely one of the best songs we've written."[1] The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight reaffirms this, stating "The keyboard loop in “Shadow Of The Day” went through many different changes during the song’s creation. For months, the song’s place on the album remained undecided; the band agreed that it wouldn’t make the album unless the right introductory sound was discovered. Dozens of options were created on piano, acoustic guitar, marimba, xylophone, and even electric banjo before finally writing the reversed/edited keyboard version that appears here."

Chester Bennington assisted Brad on the creation of a guitar part for the song as explained in an interview with Ultimate Guitar in 2009. "There are some pretty serious musicians in Linkin Park. There are moments during a Linkin Park session where I'll say, Hey, can we change this part? On Shadow of the Day, there is a guitar part that's at the end of the song. I walked into the studio, and Brad had been there two days straight. I said, How you're doing? He said, I can't do this. I can't break the code on this one. I said, Play it for me. I want to hear what you're working on. He played it and I go, I've got an idea. I go in the other room, played the part on the piano, and I go, Play this. He played it, and that's what we kept. That's what we do. That's what being in a band is about. Brad said, Ah! Why couldn't have you been here two days ago? I go, Because it was supposed to happen right now."[2]

Alternate Mix

A new version of "Shadow Of The Day" appeared in 2012 in the video game Rock Band 3, and was later slightly revised and released in 2013 on the remastered for iTunes version of Minutes To Midnight. It was later discovered that the alternate version released in 2013 was also included on a promotional instrumental CD for radio. This new version has additional strings, one less synth track, and the palm-muted guitar in the first two choruses and second verse was removed. In addition, the synthesized bass is replaced with the real bass earlier in the track, with the switch happening on the second verse, rather than the first guitar solo. The Rock Band 3 version has different strings added than the iTunes and promo instrumental versions.

Tracklist

CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Shadow Of The Day Linkin Park 4:16
2 Bleed It Out (Live From Projekt Revolution, Holmdel NJ, AUG. 29 '07) Linkin Park 6:07
3 No More Sorrow (Third Encore Session) Linkin Park 3:45

Vinyl Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Shadow Of The Day Linkin Park 4:16
2 No More Sorrow (Third Encore Session) Linkin Park 3:45

iTunes Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Shadow Of The Day (Video) Linkin Park 4:17
2 Shadow Of The Day (Making Of The Video) 3:01

Music Video

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Shadow Of The Day Minutes To Midnight 4:49 2006-2007 May 14, 2007
Shadow Of The Day Shadow Of The Day 4:17 2006-2007 October 16, 2007
Shadow Of The Day Minutes To Midnight (Mastered For iTunes) 4:49 2007 January 15, 2013
  • Additional strings.
  • One less synth.
  • One less guitar track.
Shadow Of The Day Rock Band 3 (Linkin Park 02 DLC) 4:17 2007 September 4, 2012
  • Different strings.
  • One less synth.
  • One less guitar track.
  • Lacks the transition to "What I've Done".
  • There was no official soundtrack release for the game.
Shadow Of The Day Radio Publishing Instrumentals CD 4:23 2006-2007
  • Additional strings.
  • One less synth.
  • One less guitar track.
  • Official instrumental version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Shadow Of The Day (Live) Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP) 4:16 February 21, 2008 March 4, 2008
Shadow Of The Day Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 4:17 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Shadow Of The Day Live In Madrid 5:14 November 07, 2010 April 1, 2011
Shadow Of The Day (Live From Melbourne, 2010) Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World 5:33 December 13, 2010 June 12, 2012
LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany June 05, 2012 March 29, 2013

Live

"Shadow Of The Day" was a main part of many of the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle setlists. It was one of few songs that Chester performs guitar on with Linkin Park (the other being "Iridescent"). It saw its live debut on Projekt Revolution 2007, being featured mid-set in Set A and Set B, and nearer the end of the main set in Set C. The song saw very little consistent variation throughout it's live history, though there is an exception: at the band's show in Mansfield, Massachuesetts, Brad began his guitar solo two frets higher than it is played by accident, causing him to improvise a solo instead of performing the regular solo. Due to Chester breaking his wrist at the second night in Melbourne, Victoria, the song was dropped from the setlist at that show. At the following show, the song returned to the setlist but Mike's guitar tech, Kurt Schneck, played Chester's parts instead. Chester returned to his guitar duty three days later. In 2008, with the introduction of three new sets on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour, "Shadow Of The Day" was featured mid-set in Set R and Set S, and late in the main set in Set T. Three new sets were introduced again on the second European Tour of that year: the song was featured late in the main set in Set X and mid-set in Set Z. The song was completely omitted from Set Y, but was added late in the mid-set to this setlist on Projekt Revolution 2008. In 2009, "Shadow Of The Day" preceded "Hands Held High".

On the A Thousand Suns touring cycle, "Shadow Of The Day"was performed late in the main set. When the band introduced a second setlist on the A Thousand Suns Australian Tour, "Shadow Of The Day" was late in the main set in that setlist, too. In 2011, the song was featured late in the main set in Set A-1 and Set B-13, and was featured in the encore for the first time in Set C-6. The song was omitted from Set A, Set B, and Set D during the band's summer touring, but was still found in Set C and Set E.

The full version of "Shadow Of The Day" did not live on after that cycle, but the song still made its way into the setlists for the Living Things touring cycle. The song was featured in the "LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent" medley in a new piano version. The medley always followed "Breaking The Habit" until the second half of the touring cycle, where it then followed "Castle Of Glass".

Things did not change much for the medley on The Hunting Party touring cycle. The medley returned, but continued to follow "Castle Of Glass", except for the fact that the new version of the song (dubbed the "Experience Version") included a piano transition outro that led into the medley.

Variations

Last Updated: September 9, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Improvised Guitar Solo August 24, 2007 August 24, 2007
Alternative Ballad Medley (LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent) May 18, 2012 November 14, 2015

Live Guests

Last Updated: December 23, 2015

  • Kurt Schneck (replacing Chester Bennington)

Promotion

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Status
2008 MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video Won
2008 MTV Video Music Awards Best Direction Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Track Nominated

Personnel

  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Brad Delson
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Rob Bourdon

Orchestra

  • Arrangements: David Campbell, Mike Shinoda, and Brad Delson
  • Conducting: David Campbell
  • Violin: Charlie Bisharat, Mario DeLeon, Armen Garabedian, Julian Hallmark, Gerry Hilera, Songa Lee-Kitto, Natalie Leggett, Josefina Vergara, and Sara Parkins
  • Viola: Matt Funes and Andrew Picken
  • Cello: Larry Corbett and Suzie Katayama
  • Bass: Oscar Hidalgo

Production

  • 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

Lyrics

Gallery

In Other Media

  • An alternate version of "Shadow Of The Day" was released in 2012 as part of a DLC for the 2010 videogame Rock Band 3.

Cover Versions

American pop rock band Boyce Avenue recorded a piano acoustic version of "Shadow Of The Day" for their Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 1 EP which was released in 2008. The song was recorded live in studio and had a video uploaded to the band's YouTube channel.[3]

Thomas Godoj, winner of season 5 of the German singing competition television series Deutschland sucht den Superstar, covered "Shadow Of The Day" on the TV show on April 19, 2008. He later went on to perform the song live on his tour.

Other Uses

  • This song was sampled by Rosa de Saron in the song "Folhas do Chão" on the album "Horizonte Vivo Distante" released in 2008.

External Links

  • Shadow Of The Day (Music Video): LPTV | WBR | WMG | MTV | VK
  • LOATR/SOTD/WID (UCLA Evening of Environmental Excellence 2014) - UCLA IoES

References

http://www.blick.ch/people-tv/musik/linkin-park-kommen-in-die-schweiz-wir-haben-kein-problem-mit-bono-id150330.html
  1. Kerrang!, April 2007
  2. Ultimate Guitar, October 2009
  3. Linkin Park - Shadow of the Day (Boyce Avenue piano acoustic cover) on Apple & Spotify - YouTube, February 05, 2008