|Song by Hybrid Theory from the album Hybrid Theory EP|
|Live debut||September 12, 2001|
March 2, 2002|
September 11, 2004 (Step Up/Nobody's Listening/It's Goin' Down)
|Writer||Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson|
|Label||Mix Media Entertainment|
"Step Up" was a song written by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, and Brad Delson. It was originally released on the Hybrid Theory EP in 1999 and was later used as a b-side of the "In The End" single in 2001. On the EP, Kyle Christener is credited for bass.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Step Up||Hybrid Theory EP||3:55||1999||1999|
|Step Up||In The End (CD 2)
Hybrid Theory EP (Re-Issue)
In The End (JP EP)
|3:55||1999||October 9, 2001||
|Step Up (Live)||Somewhere I Belong
Meteora (Mastered For iTunes)
|3:15||February 23, 2002||March 17, 2003||
|Step Up/Nobody's Listening/It's Goin' Down (Live)||LP Underground 4.0||4:57||July 18, 2004||November 22, 2004||
"Step Up" became a signature track towards the end of the Hybrid Theory touring cycle. It is possible the song was performed while the band was still under the moniker Hybrid Theory, but its first known appearances were on the Hybrid Theory European Tour in the Fall of 2001. During a press conference prior to the tour, Brad claimed the band would be using their soundcheck time on the tour to rehearse older songs for the upcoming tour (the Family Values Tour), mentioning "My December" and "Carousel" as songs being rehearsed (the latter of which never ended up being performed). He also added, "I'm using two extra Boss effects pedals, the Auto-Wah and the Phaser, to re-create the guitar sounds on another old song we'll be playing called “Step Up". When performed, it was played as the second song in the encore, preceding "One Step Closer", moving down to the mid-set by the end of the tour. It maintained this position on the following Family Values Tour. It returned to its encore spot on the Countdown To Revolution tour briefly before being moved back down to the mid-set on the string of holiday festivals at the end of 2001. In 2002, it was performed mid-set with the addition of an extended bridge and ending.
The song did not return in full during the Meteora touring cycle, but it did appear in another form. During the International Tour in the summer of 2004, the Hip-Hop Medley debuted, which mashup up parts of "Step Up", "Nobody's Listening", and "It's Goin' Down". It was dropped once the cycle ended, but verses of "Step Up" occasionally appeared during the extended intro of "Points Of Authority" during the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle.
Last Updated: August 12, 2016
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Bridge||Instrumental repeated||January 29, 2002||February 24, 2002|
|Ending||Jam outro featuring Mr. Hahn||January 29, 2002||February 24, 2002|
|Alternative||Hip-Hop Medley (Step Up/Nobody's Listening/It's Goin' Down)||June 3, 2004||September 11, 2004|
- Rob Bourdon
- Joseph Hahn
- Kyle Christner
- Brad Delson
- Chester Bennington
- Mike Shinoda
- Produced and mixed by Mike Shinoda
- Mastered by Pat Kraus