|Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns|
|Recorded||2008 - 2010|
|Stems||Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock (A Thousand Suns)|
|Live debut||October 7, 2010|
|Last played||August 31, 2011|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
"The Messenger" is a barebones acoustic track featuring just vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, and subtle electronics. It's the final song on A Thousand Suns, as well. It's the first Linkin Park song to use open chords over powerchords and barre chords. It was as simple to record as it is on the surface; they didn't double vocals or do much editing to it. The raw performance is what they wanted to have on the record. Chester claims that the vocals of the song came to him immediately as he heard the first chords, which is rare for him. The opening lines of the demo were "You are a child with so many choices. The hardest always make us cry," which made Chester decide to write the song as a message to his kids. Phoenix explained its position at the end of the record as being a movement away from the confusion of the rest of the record, so that the album ends on a personal and peaceful note.
In the Meeting Of A Thousand Suns DVD, you can see a demo of "The Messenger" with a choir lending backing vocals to the song.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|The Messenger||A Thousand Suns||3:01||2008-2010||September 8, 2010|
|The Messenger||A Thousand Suns Instrumentals||3:01||2008-2010||
|The Messenger||Live In Madrid||3:40||November 07, 2010||April 1, 2011||
|The Messenger (Live From Las Vegas, 2011)||A Thousand Suns - Live Around The World||3:53||February 19, 2011||June 19, 2012|
"The Messenger" debuted at the second full show of the A Thousand Suns cycle in Buenos Aires, and was played with extra instrumentation from Rob, who played drums over the ending of the song. Chester also frequently led the crowd in a sing-a-long during the end of the song. In addition, Brad would add a capo on the 8th fret to make the song easier on Chester, though Chester, when he played the song solo, would occasionally move the capo around to make it even easier on himself. The song was only included in set A-1, with it following "The Catalyst" in the encore. It was also played after "The Catalyst" in the one-off Madrid setlist. Chester sang "No Woman, No Cry" over the intro of the song at the show in Tel Aviv, and led the crowd in a sing-a-long for Brad at the show in Brisbane. It maintained its position in set A during the 2011 North American tour, but it was added before "Iridescent" in San Jose. "The Messenger" was only played one more time as a "full performance", at the show in Los Angeles, where it opened the encore in favor of "Empty Spaces" and "When They Come For Me". At the A Thousand Horizons even in Tokyo, though, Chester sang "The Messenger" over a pre-recorded instrumental. It hasn't been played at a Linkin Park show since.
While it hasn't been included in the setlist for a show since the A Thousand Suns cycle, the band does play it on and off when it comes to acoustic performances, primarily at LPU Summits. "The Messenger" has been played acoustically at the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th summit. Chester has also performed the song separately from Linkin Park on multiple occasions. It was included in the set for Dead By Sunrise's performance at the Stars of the Season Gala. He performed the song on his own at the 2011 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit show, in his 2012 LPU Chat, and for the radio station X103.9 in 2013. He also performed the song with Phoenix for the opening of the Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At the memorial show for Chester Bennington, "The Messenger" was included twice: a shortened, full band arrangement of the song was performed as part of the intro before "Iridescent" and the refrain was included in the bridge of "Bleed It Out", with Mike leading the crowd in a sing-a-long.
Last Updated: December 25, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||w/ Bob Marley & The Wailers' "No Woman, No Cry"||November 15, 2010||November 15, 2010|
|Intro||w/ Happy Birthday Brad||December 3, 2010||December 3, 2010|
|Outro||Ext. Ending||October 7, 2010||August 31, 2011|
|Alternative||Full Band||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
|Alternative||Shortened (First Verse and Chorus Only)||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
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In Other Media
- "The Messenger" was released in 2010 as part of a DLC for the 2010 videogame Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.
- Artist Direct: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park Talks "The Messenger," "Saw 3D" and "A Thousand Suns"October 5, 2010
- VH1September 1, 2010