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With any band that has been around for as long as Linkin Park has, there is bound to be an extensive list of unreleased songs. Ranging from tossed studio ideas to full demos that haven't seen the light of day to collaborations with other artists, we covered the most noteworthy songs in this list to fill in Linkin Park fans on what exactly is still "unreleased" that we know of.

Contents

Linkin Park

Pictureboard

Main article: Pictureboard

"Pictureboard" to this day has become the most hyped up unreleased song by Linkin Park. It's an old Xero song that Linkin Park performed live one time.

"Xero Reborn"

An LPU 12 video exclusive entitled "Perth Jam 1, Xero Reborn" from the Perth, Australia Soundwave show in 2013 featured Phoenix playing a guitar part backstage that Mike and Chester referred to as being an old Xero demo from 1997. Chester said that he sang on it and it was a demo they worked on, meaning it was also recorded after the band changed their name to Hybrid Theory, and Mike said that it didn't make it past being a demo and it was "terrible".[1][2] The title of this demo is unknown.

NBA Inside Stuff - BG Cues

A BMI entry named "NBA INSIDE STUFF-BG CUES (Legal Title)" was discussed a few times on LPAssociation[3] and LPLive[4] message boards over the years. The title was credited to Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Mark Wakefield, which is the Xero line-up.

NBA Inside Stuff is a show that's been around since 1990, it used to air on ABC and NBC before moving to NBA TV. The fact that it's listed as "BG Cues" means that it was probably used as background music during a highlight reel segment or a lead into or out of a commercial break. There's the possibility that it could have been one of the Xero demo tape tracks used in a video montage on the show or as commercial bumpers since the Xero tracks themselves don't have entries on the BMI catalog because the band wasn't signed to a publishing deal at the time they were recorded and only the subsequent versions of them are found on there. However, there's also the possibility that this was a new piece of music we haven't heard before.

After the BMI entry being on there for many years, it is now gone and redirects to an entry by Hans Zimmer.[5]

"Be Yourself"

From LPLive's 2001 touring summary article, Astat said, "This little interlude is one of the most mysterious things in Linkin Park's live concert folklore. It was randomly played by Brad, Rob, and Phoenix at the June 2nd, 2001 Rock Im Park show in Germany, in what sounded sort of like an improv jam, but it also seemed like the three of them knew their parts a little TOO well, so it's long been suspected that this is part of an unreleased early Linkin Park demo, possibly the long-fabled "Pictureboard" track. The title "Be Yourself" was given to this piece by fans, due to Chester repeatedly singing that phrase over the ending of it (it's been erroneously called "In Yourself" for years). This interlude was subsequently played again at two more shows on June 3rd and June 8th, only to disappear as suddenly as it appeared! No further information about this piece has surfaced over the years."[6]

A setlist was obtained on eBay in May 2016 for the band's show at the Q101 Jamborree, a few weeks before the show at Rock im Park where the song debuted. On the setlist, a mysterious "MELLOW Interlude" appeared before "Pushing Me Away". Previously, that interlude had not been listed on any setlists (meaning it was different from the "LEE Interlude", "SHORT Interlude", and "FALLING DOWN Interlude" which the band had been playing during that time), and it's speculated that the "MELLOW Interlude" may be "Be Yourself". This isn't confirmed, but it stands as a possibility.

My December (DJ Crook Remix)

This has been one of the most requested songs for the band to release after "Pictureboard".

Reanimation Outtakes

Main article: Reanimation

Along with DJ Crook's, there are unreleased Reanimation remixes by Tricky[7], Prince Paul[8] and DJ Z-Trip. It is known that Z-Trip remixed "Points Of Authority", but what songs the others remixed is unknown.

Ryu from Styles Of Beyond also recorded a verse for a song remixed by The Crystal Method.[9][10] This verse was recorded for The Crystal Method's remix of "Points Of Authority" but was removed before the remix was released on the LP Underground 2.0 CD.

Two other Reanimation outtakes were officially released: Buy Myself and Amplive's first remix of "A Place For My Head".

An interesting note is that the band also tried to get Björk to work on the album. During a LPU chat, Brad Delson said: "I think we'd like to work with Bjork- we were trying to work with her on something for Reanimation but she told us she'd prefer to work on a new track, so we'll see if it's in the cards. Pretty much everyone that we've been dying to work with we've been able to get together with on the Reanimation CD"[11]

Mike Shinoda also spoke about it in a May 2003 interview with NY Rock:

"Somebody spoke to her – I think our manager spoke at one point. The door, I think, is still open, but we haven't done anything yet. I would love to. I think that she's a very interesting musician. She's very original. And one of the beauties to Reanimation [Linkin Park's 2002 remix release with featured guests] was the ability to meet with other artists and work in the studio and learn how they work, because everybody teaches themselves to write songs in different ways.

And I realized that Björk is probably – is definitely – somebody that has a very interesting way of putting together a song, just in speaking with people that have worked with her. "Spike" Stent, who mixed Reanimation, works with her all the time and he was telling me a little bit about what it's like to be in the studio with her. I think it would be a fun thing to do and there are other people that I would like to work with as well. She's not the only one. But we'll see what happens. It remains to be seen."[12]

The Wizard Song

"The Wizard Song" was a joke song created during the Meteora sessions and shown in The Making Of Meteora documentary.

Since then, many fans have wanted to hear a studio version of the song, however, Chester Bennington said during a LPU chat in April 2003: "No the wizard song will never ever ever be released because it doesnt exist."[13]

Mike Shinoda also commented about the song on August 12, 2015, in a Reddit AMA: "That was from the DVD right? We do dumb crap like that all the time, and sometimes it gets captured on camera."

"Thoughts That Take Away My Pride"

When The Making Of Meteora DVD was released with Meteora, fans immediately noticed a demo that wasn't on the album. In this case, a five second clip of Chester singing "thoughts that take away my pride, trapped in places deep inside" over an instrumental has almost become legendary in the Linkin Park community and has appeared on fans' LPU CD wishlists for years.

A lyric sheet of the song can be seen during Frat Party At The Pankake Festival, meaning it dates back to 2001:

[...] they made
[...] I believed
[...] break away
[...] I'm alone

Thoughts that take away my pride
Trapped in places deep inside
Memories I've come to fear
And I can't make them disappear

[Thoughts like these return to me]
Thoughts that take away my pride
Trapped in places deep inside
[Memories trapped inside of me]
Memories I've come to fear
And I can't make them disappear

The words were also scribbled on the Meteora art wall at one point.

In 2007, the second LPTV series was released and the episode about the Summer Sanitarium tour features an instrumental clip of the song.[14]

With only around fifteen songs recorded for Meteora and a growing list of Meteora-era demos appearing on the LPU CDs, it's a surprise that this song hasn't been released in some form. Its title also remains unknown.

Even though it is unrelated to this demo, it's worth mentioning that another demo from The Making Of Meteora with Chester singing "just drag it out, remember" was confirmed by Brad in an LPU chat in 2003 (after Meteora had been released) to have been a part of the song "A6".

"A.06" appeared in a short version on the LP Underground 2.0 CD and the original long instrumental demo appeared on the LP Underground 9.0: Demos CD, but no version with vocals has ever been released.

Meteora Remixes

In an August 2003 LPU chat, Joe Hahn was questioned if the band would be making a remix album for Meteora, his answer was "No Mike thought it was too much work so no".[15][16] However, in interviews with MTV in 2003, both Chester Bennington[17] and Mike Shinoda[18] mentioned the band had done some remixes but wouldn't be releasing them on an album like they did with Reanimation, instead, Mike said, they would be released via "various channels in the coming months".

When questioned about the remixes during an LPU chat in March 2006, Rob Bourdon said, "There are Meteora remixes? Oh yeah those. Those will make their way to the surface sometime, I don't know when."[19]

None of the remixes were ever released.

Machine Shop Mixtape Song

From Phoenix in the Linkin Park Underground 4.0 Newsletter:

"Recently, we decided that we wanted to write and record a new song for one of the upcoming Machine Shop Mixtapes Machine Shop is going to put out. It had been over two years since we had been in the studio recording Meteora, so we decided it was time to let everyone hear something new. So, we blocked out three days in the studio to sit down to write, and record the new track. For those of you who are somewhat familiar with our normal song writing process, this decision was departure from what has become our standard writing process. Normally, a song will be worked on individually, or in pairs, over months of time. For this new track we wanted to challenge ourselves and finish a song in three days, with all six of us working through all the parts together. At the end of this experimental writing process, we didn't actually complete the song in our three days in the studio, but we were able to lay a great framework for the song. The vocals for the song were then worked on in home studios.

So, buckle your seatbelts and prepare yourselves for a Linkin Park song like you have never heard in the coming months. This new track will be available exclusively on a future Machine Shop Mixtape, so stay tuned for more info."

The first volume of the Machine Shop Mixtape was released on October 4, 2005[20] and was available with the purchase a certain dollar amount or specific item from either BandMerch or MetroPark, the mixtape was then added as a free bonus gift. Street teamers[21] also received free copies of the mixtape.

BandMerch, which was founded by Brad and his father, Donn Delson, was then the band's online supplier for merch.

The Linkin Park song was supposed to be on the second mixtape, which was never released, likely due to Linkin Park's record label dispute with Warner Bros.

In an LPU chat in March 2006, Rob Bourdon commented about the song, "We attempted to go into the studio for a day and the song turned out a disaster. Right now we're focusing on our new album, but later on we'll focus on re-writing that."[22][23]

In 2009, Mike Shinoda was asked about the song and gave a response saying they went to studio, tried to record the song, but the whole thing fell apart and the idea was abandoned.

As you can see, there are conflicting reports about the song by Phoenix and Rob/Mike, meaning they might have been talking about different songs. It's likely the song Phoenix references still exists in some form.

Grecian

"Grecian" was a demo created early in the Minutes To Midnight sessions and was abandoned in favor of "Qwerty".

The first time the song was mentioned was in the LP Underground 6.0 newsletter, where Rob Bourdon wrote: "We wanted to play a new song in Japan that was different from what we have done in the past that had a lot of energy live. We had a very specific idea of the kind of song we wanted to play but we didn't have that type of song yet. Being able to rehearse and record at the same time enabled us to create the song Qwerty, which is the song that we ended up playing. After trying to mold a song we had already written into the right one for the show (which didn't work) we decided to write a brand new song 3 days before leaving. An hour before one of the last rehearsals we stopped working on a song named Grecian and decided to start a new song based on an idea that Phoenix had brought in. The song Qwerty came together in an hour and then it was rearranged over the next three days in the rehearsal room and the studio. The lyrics were actually finished on the flight to Japan."

A clip of the demo can be heard during the Making Of Minutes To Midnight documentary, which caused many fans to start asking the band to release the song. During a USTREAM chat on March 31, 2010, Mike said the song was never completed and joked saying it was cut because Phoenix wrote the lyrics to it.[24]

Fire In The City

"Fire In The City" was a song recorded during the Minutes To Midnight sessions that the band didn't like and eventually reused some of its elements to create "Given Up".

In a track-by-track of Minutes To Midnight published by Kerrang! in April 2007, Brad Delson said, We had a really bad song called 'Fire in the City' - the chorus actually had the words 'fire in the city' on it! Mike was the only person who liked it. Rather than just scrap the song, we mined it for any good parts." Mike interrupted him saying, "It felt like Brad stole my car and ripped out the stereo!" Then Brad continued, "I took the bassline and the drums and built weird sounds around it, which eventually became this song. Chester's screaming: 'What the [expletive] is wrong with me? Put me out of my [expletive] misery!' so without explaining exactly what the song is about, it's pretty clear he's not happy."[25]

This was the only time the song was ever mentioned and it remains unreleased.

Monday Meeting

Back in the A Thousand Suns sessions, since some of the work was being done at home, the band used to get together every Monday at the studio to review the songs' progress and stay organized. Every few weeks, they would vote on the songs, giving them an A-F grade, and make a list of which songs they liked best. Songs voted "C" votes and below generally fell off the list pretty quickly.[26]

The demo "Monday Meeting" was named after this process. Its title can be seen on a song board during the Meeting Of A Thousand Suns documentary.[27]

Samples of the song were released under the name "Monday" on December 10, 2012 as part of the DAW software Stagelight: Linkin Park Edition.

The Monday meetings became a regular thing for the band, happening during the sessions for Living Things[28] and all subsequent albums.

Fucking Awesome

"Fucking Awesome" was a A Thousand Suns demo mentioned by Chester Bennington in an article published by MTV on October 26, 2009. According to Chester, the song was originally intended to be a Dead By Sunrise song:

"It’s kind of funny, because I wrote a song, and I was positive it was a Dead by Sunrise song, and I was in the studio playing it, and [LP guitarist] Brad [Delson] goes, ’You are putting that down right now!’. And I was like, ’Well, apparently that’s a Linkin Park song.’ The song is called called ’F—ing Awesome,’ by the way."[29]

Chicken Basket

"Chicken Basket" was a song recorded during the A Thousand Suns sessions that didn't make the album.

The song was described in an October 17, 2009 post on Mike Shinoda's personal blog:

"It’s been a busy week. Studio every day, working on new stuff. This week, I did a song where the music sounds like Santogold (or Santigold, if you like) meets Postal Service meets At The Drive In or something. Very weird…but even weirder, the vocals are crazy–I asked our engineers what they thought it sounded like, and the responses I got were things like “Peter Gabriel” and “Huey Lewis, in a really good way.” Four-part harmonies that ebb and flow with the track. I feel like I’m on drugs when I’m listening to it. It’s tentatively called “Chicken Basket.”"[30]

During a USTREAM chat on March 31, 2010, Chester and Mike gave some working titles from the A Thousand Suns sessions. Mike said: "One of them is called 'Chicken Basket' but I don't think it's gonna be on the album." Other songs mentioned were "Idea Number 62", "Please Don't Eat My Cow" and "Dingleberry".

Although the full song remains unreleased, samples of "Chicken Basket" were released on December 10, 2012 as part of the DAW software Stagelight: Linkin Park Edition.

8-Bit Versions

On April 17, 2010, ringtones inspired by Linkin Park's 8-Bit Rebellion! were released for iPhone users.[31]

The ringtones were clips of 8-bit versions of Linkin Park's songs that were going to be on the video game and included "A.06", "Leave Out All The Rest", "Numb", and "Papercut".

When the game came out on April 26, 2010, those 4 songs weren't part of its soundtrack and their full 8-bit versions remains unreleased.

Until It Breaks Demo, No. 4

Main article: Until It Breaks

On November 18, 2013, the LP Underground XIII CD was released containg 3 demos that eventually turned into "Until It Breaks": "Apaches", "Foot Patrol", "Three Band Terror".

On the booklet, Mike Shinoda wrote: "In its final version, "UNTIL IT BREAKS" was an experiment inspired by side two of the Beatles' Abbey Road. On side two, the Fab Four created a medley based on various musical songs/demos/ideas; each one flowed into the next, creating a roller coaster experience. In the midst of making "LIVING THINGS," we found ourselves with these different demos that seemed to want to blend into something, and "UNTIL IT BREAKS" became that track. The three demos are found in their raw versions here."

However, "Until It Breaks" actually consists of four different demos, with the demo where Chester Bennington's vocals came from being absent from the CD. The existence of this demo was revealed by Brad Delson in a July 19, 2012 interview with MusicRadar: "The first part where Chester is singing, the first refrain, that was an early demo that I just did in a day – it just was what it was, but it was a cool part for that section."[32]

Burn It Down Remix with Tech N9ne

Main article: Burn It Down

On April 21, 2012, Mike Shinoda tweeted "Should I do a remix for BURN IT DOWN? What style?".[33] This was soon followed by "Lots of votes for dubstep. A bunch of votes for using guitars. There were a few other great ideas as well. I'll make it happen. Thanks".[34]

On July 24, 2012 Tech N9ne uploaded a picture to Twitpic with the caption "Now time to get writing on the first batch of verses!"[35] The picture showed a piece of paper titled "Studio To-Do's 7-23-2012", with the first thing on the list being "Verse for Linkin Park".

Mike retweeted the picture in the same day and wrote: "M: Looking forward to hearing it #LinkinParkRemix"[36]

The verse was for a "Burn It Down"[37] remix. Mike's remix of the song was never released and it is unknown if the verse was really meant for his remix.

I Hate The World Right Now

2015 was a hard year for Chester Bennington. He went through depression and alcoholic problems, one of his close friends died and his stepfather had cancer. He told a therapist he didn't want to be a human anymore[38] and even wrote a song in his phone called "I Hate The World Right Now" and that was the whole chorus. The lyrics were like "I wanna punch a hole through the ceiling."[39] He said "I hated the world. I had a song in my phone at the start of the process called 'I hate the world right now'. I was pretty suicidal. I hated my life. Mostly the suffering that I was bringing on was self-imposed. All these thoughts were stuck in my head. It was not healthy. I remember thinking that I wanted to be left alone. I don't like feelings. I don't want to have any feelings at all. Even now, through all this process, that was the beginning point, I worked on all this stuff and started changing my perspective. I started reaching out and talking about my feelings. The next thing I know, I wasn't alone in the conversation in my head. I was inviting people into the conversation and getting feedback and working through this stuff. At the end of the process, I was surprised I was ever in this place. I was like, 'Wow, I can't see myself getting in that place again because I have such good friends'. I have a beautiful wife, great kids, awesome job."[40]

Other Known Titles

This is a list of known songs and demos without enough available information to earn its own section.

Meteora

  • Cuidado
  • Nocturnal
  • Nursery [or possibly "Hearsay"]
  • Plaster II
  • Resolution
  • Serpent [or possibly "Quotient"]
  • Shifter

Minutes To Midnight

  • Armada (Send To Rob)
  • Arpeggio Idea-Mike
  • BFDFTFG
  • Brad Idea
  • Brad Interlude
  • Canaries
  • Candy (Short)
  • Charade
  • Chunky Munky
  • Clever Name (New Chaz)
  • Electric Uvula
  • Episodes (LP)
  • Get What I Deserve
  • Guitarz
  • Hemophiliac
  • Howitzer PX
  • Metal Detector
  • Midnight M-1.4
  • Nashville
  • Permanent
  • Resident Turdface B1
  • Sansei
  • Song A
  • Song B
  • Song C - You Don't Know
  • Song D
  • Song E (Jar Jar Binks)
  • Song F
  • Song G
  • Song H
  • Song I
  • Song J
  • Song K
  • Song L
  • Song M
  • Song N
  • Song O
  • Song P
  • Song R
  • Song S
  • Song T
  • Song U
  • Song V
  • Song W
  • Song X
  • Song Y
  • Song Z
  • Song Number 72
  • State Of Emergency-New
  • Sterile Poon
  • Stun
  • The Date Live Drums V2 A
  • The New Song.B
  • The Vanishing (Ver. At Mikes)
  • The Wrath
  • Thump Thump
  • Unfair Unjust Unmerciful
  • Warhol (Canaries_Canneries)

A Thousand Suns

  • Alphabet Block
  • Argonauts / Naut
  • Bumblebee
  • Iridescent
  • Kingdom
  • Left Right
  • Mikespiano
  • Optimus
  • Please Don't Eat My Cow
  • Rygar
  • Sakura
  • Seahorse
  • Song Idea N# 62
  • Sono
  • Starscream
  • Underbite
  • Voyage

Living Things

  • 12.2.09
  • 11.24.10
  • Cloverleaf
  • Fugitive
  • Laser Shorts
  • MSDFCB
  • Saron

One More Light

  • All Our Days
  • Can We Go Back
  • Can We Go Back II/The Future
  • Conn-District 108
  • El Chopo
  • Fire Escape
  • Friendly Fire
  • Hands Itch
  • Hands & Knees
  • Keep Saying I'm Sorry
  • Locked Outside
  • Lost My Horizon
  • Lost My Moment
  • Out Of Reach
  • Painted Me Wrong
  • Rival I Can't Outrun
  • Sleepwalking
  • Spiderweb
  • Spirals
  • Staring Back
  • This Sin Is My Home
  • Tidal Wave
  • Till The Walls Come Down

Unknown Year

The following lists compiles titles of unreleased songs and demos which had samples released for the Stagelight software and which creation date is unknown. This is not a full list of Linkin Park sounds available for the software.

Stagelight Linkin Park Edition
  • 3A
  • Archbishop
  • Axis
  • Blacklight
  • Casino
  • Clock
  • Compton
  • Cup Bendy
  • DBY
  • Drano
  • Florida
  • Grey Sky
  • Heretic
  • Hyper
  • Kerosena
  • Numbers
  • Paper Shark
  • Plastic
  • Quense
  • Ribeye
  • River
  • Rooster
  • Sandmine
  • Sentinel
  • Shortcut
  • Splinter
  • Sputnik
  • Stone
  • TJ
  • Trinity
  • Turnaround
  • Twister
  • West
Linkin Park Bundle II
  • Ape
  • Aub
  • Brazil
  • Canyon
  • Empire
  • Glisten
  • Lorax
  • Plague
  • Quazar
  • Quick
  • Spot
  • Sushi
  • Threat
  • Young

Collaboration

Whatever The Fuck

Ryu was interviewed for the 2004 unauthorized documentary Conspiracy Theory (also available under the title From A Whisper To A Scream) and said he met Mike Shinoda in 1993, when they lived right up the street from each other. Mike had a little production studio in his bedroom where they used to make demo tapes and parody songs. "The first thing I heard Mike write was a... the song was called Whatever The Fuck. We just said, 'ok, we're just gonna write the first thing that pops in our head and just keep going back and forth and back and forth.' And actually, it's a pretty good song. Were talking about the other day. Put it out there, make a million dollars."[41]

This song was mentioned again in an LPLive interview with Ryu on October 12, 2009 when he was asked about the first song he ever did with Mike: "I think the first song I ever recorded with Mike was a song called "Whatever The Fuck". We recorded it in his bedroom on a little 4 track recorder. Mike did the beat, and the concept was to say pretty much the 1st thing that popped into our heads when we wrote it. We did that like in 1996, back in our development stage of rapping."[42]

This isn't, however, the only unreleased collaboration between the two. In an interview with HipHopDX, Ryu talked about how he first met Mike and how they used to make demos together: "My man Chris 007, he ended up being Styles Of Beyond’s manager, I met him and he was best friends with Shinoda. I didn’t know anybody out there so he introduced me to Shinoda and Mike had all the equipment in his room so naturally we started rapping together 'cause I guess in the area I lived at there weren’t many rappers who knew what the hell they were doing and since I was from a neighborhood where you really had to rap good I guess people started to gravitate towards me because of that. So Mike had equipment in his room and we just started working, making demos and stuff like that and we just ended up being friends."[43]

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mike also mentioned having recorded with Ryu, but the year, according to him, was 1995: "I hadn't made a strictly hip-hop song for probably about seven years just for myself -- because that's what I did before Linkin Park, I just made rap music. I made beats for my friends; I swapped beats with guys like Styles of Beyond, who lived in the neighborhood near me. [Styles emcee] Ryu and I actually did a couple of tracks back in, like, '95, and I wanted to get back to that."[44]

Marco Polo (Mike Shinoda Version)

In an article published by PulseTC in early 2006, Mike Shinoda revealed he had produced one track for Styles Of Beyond's 1998 debut album, 2000 Fold, but his beat didn't make it on the album:

"Are you asking if I have any history in rap? Not really. I wasn’t ready to get out there. Before Linkin Park got going we were in the studio all the time. We played maybe one show a month. I guess the one thing is I made the original beat for “Marco Polo” by Styles of Beyond. But they ended up having a different producer do the one for the record."[45]

Besides working on the track, Mike also designed the original "S.O.B." logo for the group and created artwork for their debut album.

Dust Brothers

On January 26, 2001, Mike Shinoda told metal-is.com that the band was working again with the Dust Brothers:

Right now, we're working on a song with the Dust Brothers and we're hoping that it goes on their album, but we'll see.[46]

A January 30, 2001 article from MTV revealed more details about this collaboration:

Linkin Park are about to do a solid by the Dust Brothers. Mike Shinoda, MC with the Southern California rap/rock quintet, is reviewing tapes of an unfinished Linkin Park-Dust Brothers song started last year, when the duo produced "With You" for the band's Hybrid Theory LP.

Famed for producing the likes of Beck, the Beastie Boys and, yes, Hanson, the Dust Brothers began working on the as-yet-untitled track during the same session as "With You." Once revisited, the tune is expected to appear on the Dust Brothers' highly anticipated debut, Linkin Park's publicist said. Additional collaborators for the Brothers' LP could not be confirmed by their management.

Linkin Park will rework the track once their tour with Taproot wraps up February 24 in Providence, Rhode Island (see "Linkin Park Touring U.S. With Taproot").[47]

According to theprp.com, the album was planned to be released later in 2001.[48]

The song name was never unveiled and the album by the Dust Brothers never came out. An interesting note is that the producer duo also remixed the Styles Of Beyond song "Winnetka Exit" for the "Spies Like Us" promo CD.

LMNO

The Visionaries posted the following message on MySpace in an October 2006 response to a fan:

"Date: Oct 10 2006 11:21 AM
Subject: Linkin Park
Body: Hey, LMNO did a song with Mike Shinoda back in the day, maybe 6 years ago.

Then the Visionaries recorded a song with Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda, and I believe some of the rest of the group was supposed to add stuff to the song...anyhow, it was before the "ReAnimation" album, and we all decided not to put the song out....so, I guess it's just one of those, never heard, never put out things.

We've only heard a rough version of the song, and never heard anything after that.

Kool, give thanks.
KeyKool - Visionaries"[49]

Previously, fans had thought that Chester Bennington had worked with The Visionaries on a track, but the response from KeyKool indicates that it was Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn instead. According to the message, Mike's song with LMNO dates from 2000.

The song with The Visionaries, featuring Mike and Joe, was released on April 20, 2015 by 2Mex through Bandcamp under the title "Unreleased [Demo] (The Visionaries & Linkin Park)" and was discovered by Linkin Park fans in November 2015. The song was recorded in summer 2001.

In a 2006 interview to Backspin, LMNO said he was invited to be on Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, but had to turn down the offer because he was planning on finishing his solo album. He confirmed he had previously collaborated with Mike Shinoda when the band was called Hybrid Theory.[50] Mike's song with LMNO remains unreleased and its name is unknown.

Dan The Automator

A June 17, 2004 article by XFM with Rob Bourdon about Projekt Revolution 2004 and Linkin Park has the following quote from Rob:

"As for collaborations, I'd love to do some stuff with a number of people. I've recently been working with [Gorillaz and Deltron 3030 member] Dan The Automator, and [Automator side project] Handsome Boy Modelling School have offered us the chance to do some stuff with them. I can't say exactly what I've contributed - you'll have to wait and see."[51]

The Handsome Boy Modeling School song ended up featuring just Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington and was released on their second studio album, White People, but the track Rob did with Dan The Automator was never on any release.

Chali 2na

In a couple of interviews following the release of Collision Course, Mike said, "I also just did a track for Chali 2na's solo album."[52][53] Chali 2na confirmed the collaboration in an interview with MVRemix saying Mike did production work on the album.[54]

Chali 2na was previously featured on "Frgt/10" on Reanimation. His solo album, Fish Outta Water, was finally released in 2009, but without the appearance from Mike. The track title is unknown.

Head Like A Hole

DJ Whoo Kid

When the Fort Minor message boards went online in 2005, it featured a consistent amount of activity from Mike and other guests on the project from Styles of Beyond to Apathy to Holly Brook and more.

In one of the posts made by Mike, in June 2005, he said, "there are probably some things floating around, but i don't know what they would be called. i never put song names on stuff like that. just this week, did a freestyle that might end up on the next whoo kid mixtape--it features rappers from the west coast"[55]

The Wikipedia page for Whoo Kid indicates that he was involved in quite a few mixtape releases in 2005, but none of which featured Mike. The track name is unknown to this day.

U2

It's not a secret that Mike Shinoda is a big fan of U2.[56][57] In 2005, after noticing the lack of hip-hop artists on the bill for the Live 8 event, Bono called Jay-Z and Mike Shinoda personally and asked them to perform in Philadelphia. A November 2005 edition of the YRB magazine published an interview with Mike where he revealed he was also asked to remix a U2 song:

"I just helped score this year's MTV VMA's. Those beats, and the fact that people are starting to hear Fort Minor music, has gotten me a lot of calls to produce songs for people. I did a track on Lupe Fiasco's upcoming album, songs for Styles of Beyond, and worked with Chad from The Neptunes on a song for Kenna. On the rock side, I'm about to get started on a remix of U2 and hopefully a song with Sting. I don't know what will all pan out, but I just go where the path takes me."[58]

The U2 remix was never released and it is unknown if Mike did actually work with Sting.

Lady Tigra

A Lady Tigra biography published by Miami Bass History on September 18, 2012 reads:

"Please Mr. BoomBox, Tigra’s 1st solo project, is a vivid mashing of the styles that helped pioneer her career and feels like a continuation of where she left off. Splitting her time between Miami, New York and LA, she instinctively brings a cultural hybrid of sonic motifs. Not only did Tigra collaborate with Berko to make this album, but she also jumped in the studio to duet with MC Lyte and gave Mr. Hahn of Linkin Park two tracks to remix."[59]

One of the tracks remixed by Mr. Hahn was "Bass On The Bottom", while the other one is unknown and remains unreleased.

When questioned about the remix in September 2015, Lady Tigra said: "He's definitely one of the dopest cats around. Thanks for your interst! I can't release the 2nd track".

Kings Of Leon

Billboard[60] published an interview with Kings Of Leon's drummer Nathan Followill on August 26, 2009 about the band's upcoming projects, among them, an album featuring remixes of songs from Kings Of Leon's fourth studio album Only By The Night. The record came about after he heard that Justin Timberlake and Pharrell had remixed some Kings Of Leon songs unofficially.[61] Other artists who contributed with remixes included Mark Ronson, Kenna, Lykke Li and Linkin Park.

Followill said: "It's neat to have these people who we would've jumped at the chance to work with ourselves...coming to us before we even get a chance to ask them. It's amazing to hear your song played by these people who are so creative. Most of the time it takes me two or three listens to even wrap my head around, 'Oh man, that's our song...'"[62]

To this day the song remixed by Linkin Park remains unknown and the entire project was shelved.

Black Rock Shooter (Re-Mix by Joe Hahn)

Michael Bublé

On August 4, 2010, the French magazine Canoe Entertainment posted a news piece whered Michael Bublé was asked, "An album of covers, heavy metal or hip-hop collaborations?"

He responds by saying, "Hip-hop collaborations. I recently made a song with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. I can easily imagine that I have written pieces that can be sampled in hip-hop stuff in the future."[63]

It's unknow if Mike's vocals were featured on the song or if he just produced it. An interesting note is that Bublé worked with Styles Of Beyond on their Reseda Beach album (executive produced by Mike) for the song called "Damn", but this news piece was published two to three years after that song was recorded.

Avicii

A February 2013 article published by Rolling Stone reads:

"Avicii knows that in the current world of EDM, it’s all about singles, so to him it’s the perfect time to make a complete song cycle. "Everything is single-oriented now, but that’s why the only reason to make an album is if the whole way through is a great album and every track is like a single," the Swedish DJ, whose real name is Tim Bergling, told Rolling Stone. "No one’s doing this approach to the electronic music, so it’s exciting to me that EDM is at a place where it’s even possible to do it like this."

When he says, "do it like this," what he means is put together an eclectic group of artists from all walks of music to make his next album, which he says is due in late spring or early summer. The roster includes Mike Einzinger of Incubus, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, disco king (and David Bowie and Daft Punk collaborator) Nile Rodgers as well as Mac Davis, the country great who wrote the Elvis Presley hits "A Little Less Conversation," "Kentucky Rain," and "In The Ghetto.""[64]

When questioned by MTV about the collaboration with Mike Shinoda, Avicii said, "I’ve worked with Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park and we’ve had a couple of sessions. We’re still kinda figuring out where we want everything to go with the track and stuff but I mean he’s a really good guy and super talented."[65]

Avicii's debut studio album, True, came out on September 13, 2013, however, Mike Shinoda wasn't featured on any of the songs on the album.

In an interview with Radio.com about Linkin Park's first collaboration with Steve Aoki, "A Light That Never Comes", Mike talked about working with Avicii:

"I actually met with [AVICCI] and we played around with some music. I don’t actually think that any of those demos are going to end up in the world, but when we did meet and were throwing around ideas, I [asked] him, ‘Oh, have you ever heard of this soul singer I believe is from L.A. called Aloe Blacc. He’s really interesting and I like him and he’d sound great on this song that you wrote.’ He said, ‘send me a link or something.’ So I actually introduced him to Aloe, and that ended up being the song.

I think that EDM is at a place where it can either repeat itself, stay kind of stagnant and eventually get boring, or people can do what Steve is doing, what Avicii is doing, what a lot of these other guys are doing and start experimenting and taking chances." [66]

The song mentioned by Mike was Avicii's breakout single, "Wake Me Up", which features Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and vocalist Aloe Blacc. According to the German radio SWR3, Mike Shinoda was responsible for recording Mike Einziger's guitar part for the song on ProTools.[67]

Mike had heard Aloe Blacc's music through Styles Of Beyond's DJ Cheapshot, with whom Blacc used to work with during his hip hop days.[68] When Avicii was working with Shinoda, he played for him a song written by Mac Davis, called "Black & Blue", and Shinoda suggested Aloe Blacc to sing on the song, which ultimately didn't make it on the album. They met at Westlake Studios in L.A. where Michael Jackson recorded the Off the Wall and Thriller albums, recorded the vocals to "Black & Blue" and also wrote a new idea. Not too long after, Avicii invited Blacc to Mike Einziger's home studio for a session to write what would become "Wake Me Up".[69]

The demos written by Avicii and Mike Shinoda remain unreleased.

DJ Fresh

In June 2012, DJ Fresh revealed he would like to work with Linkin Park on his third album, Nextlevelism, however, the collaboration had to be postponed due to the birth of Chester's son:

"We were talking about Linkin Park, about a collaboration, but that didn't happen because Chester just had babies. So it was difficult timings-wise."[70]

About the possibility of the collaboration happening in the future, he said, "Possibly. We're just doing a deal at the moment with one of the labels in the States so watch this space."[71]

Later, in August 2012, DJ Fresh revealed that he was working with Linkin Park on new material: "I can’t really say much about it yet as we’re not sure whose record it will be for."[72]

Nextlevelism was released on October 1, 2012, but without the song.

In an August 18, 2013 video for Official Charts, while talking about his (at the time) new single, "Earthquake", he said he was still working with Linkin Park and the track would be on his next album.[73]

DJ Fresh has released many other singles since then, but no studio album.

Walking Dead Remix

Conner Youngblood

During a live feed from the studio on March 7, 2016, Conner Youngblood could be seen working with the band, playing a theremin.[74] The song was meant for One More Light but it didn't make the album.[75]

Conner had his song "The Birds of Finland" featured on Music For Relief's Download To Donate album, which was released on December 14, 2015.[76] He was also on the line-up for the Relief Live! event, where Linkin Park also performed.[77] His music had caught Mike Shinoda's attention as early as 2011.[78]

Mike Baczor

On May 14, 2016, it was announced that Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda had met with Mike Baczor to collaborate on a song for his debut album under the stage name Her0. Photos of the meeting were posted on Baczor's Instagram account.[79][80] On February 8, 2017, he posted an update saying, "In the studio making progress on the album. All of you LP and Eminem fans are gonna LOVE IT!!!"[81]

Formerly known as D-Nax, Baczor had a 5 song EP called Fusion Helix released worldwide in 2007.[82] He is friends with Mike Shinoda and was seen at Linkin Park's Carnivores Tour in 2014.[83]

Wyatt Durrette

In an interview with Argentinian show La Viola, Mike Shinoda mentioned Wyatt Durrette as one of the One More Light collaborators whose song didn't make the album.

"We've learned on every album we've ever done. And not just in a production role but also from each other, and even on this new album from some of the collaborators. I'll give you an example. We have one of the songs, that actually didn't make the album, we wrote it with a guy named Wyatt who colabs with Zac Brown. He works with Zac Brown a lot, so all country music pretty much. And Wyatt doesn't play instruments and he doesn't sing, and he writes vocals. You go "how the fuck did he do that?" I don't understand how that works. And he came to town, he flew in, and he's just like, I feel like he could be part of my mom's family. My mom's family is like we're an West Virginian family, like half of them play football. He is like this big, you know, kind of country dude and he comes in and sits down and we start talking like "how do you start?" like "how do you do this?" He says, "well..." and he like draws his "well", "I actually have, I write, I write words in my, my diary." And he pulls up this little black book of little thoughts and musings and whatever, and it's just words, like random pairings of words. And he kinda throws them out on me but he's not singing and he's not writing a song per say, he's putting ideas together. And so I'm behind the piano and I'm going "ok" like "what if we pair this with that" and "what if we add these words or whatever" and it was a really weird way to start a song, 'cause it actually started with words in the book and like what's going on today and you put those together and, for me, that was a tool that I didn't have. Like, it never occurred to me to start with, like, just keep a diary or a journal of like weird phrases or whatever, and now I do that. Now I put it in my phone and I have that thing and if I find myself at a loss of a very good line I flip through on my phone. I flip through some of my little things and see if it inspires some cool words."[84]

District 108

On April 7, 2016, Ethan Mates posted a picture of his computer on Facebook showing a folder called "LP Album 7 Main". Inside the folder, there was a file named "Corin-District 108". The image was apparently posted by mistake, because it was immediately removed.

In a December 2016 issue of the Kerrang! magazine, Mike Shinoda announced Linkin Park had collaborated with Canadian musician Corin Roddick from Purity Ring,[85] but when questioned about the collaboration, Roddick said it "does not exist".[86]

Willing To Try

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Mark Morton

On April 11, 2017, Chester Bennington posted a couple of clips on his Instagram story showing him at Energy Studios with Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton and long time Lamb Of God producer Josh Wilbur.[87] Later on his Twitter, Chester confirmed he recorded a song with screams with Mark Morton, saying it was "sick" and he couldn't wait for fans to hear it.[88][89][90] It has been confirmed by Mike Shinoda that the song was recorded for Morton's solo album.[91]

Amidst Randy Blythe's (Lamb Of God's frontman) trial for manslaughter in 2012, Mark Morton started working on solo music with some friends. That year, he released the instrumental "Make Sure" for free download,[92] which was followed by two more tracks in 2016 titled "SnowBound" and "Love Heals". The songs differ a lot from Lamb Of God's metal sound, having influences that range from hard rock and blues to jazz fusion and progressive rock.[93][94]

After Chester passed away, Mark Morton took part on Ryan J. Downey's Speak N' Destroy podcast where he talked about their time together: "I didn't know Chester very well but I have worked with him and I did know him a little bit through that. And I had the opportunity to work on some music with him, you know. And, in that experience, it was interesting because we didn't really know each other really well, we had mutual respect. And to have the opportunity to work a creative project with him, it takes a certain amount of like trust. You have to sort of have with somebody to actually get creative and to really, if you're really doing it and you're really putting yourself into it, you gotta trust. That that other person's not gonna turn on you and that they're not gonna, you know what I mean, you have to feel safe, I guess. And I found for me it was very easy to feel that way with him and to really just give in to the process of trying to make something cool happen creatively, because he was just so open and so honest and so clearly clearly excited about music. And just a really good dude, man. Just an easy person to be around... And I feel really fortunate to have had the chance to spend some time with him, and to talk about music and to talk about parenthood, to talk about, you know, so many other things that surround the music industry. And it was a real special moment for me. I'm glad I got to have it."[95]

Watsky

On July 15, 2017, Watsky posted on Twitter a picture of himself in the studio with Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, and drummer Chukwudi Hodge with the caption "Can't wait to see where this goes".[96]

Grey Daze

The Endless Highway

Main article: The Endless Highway

How Would You Be

Main article: How Would You Be

Beyond Warm

On Grey Daze's promo material from mid-1994 there was a song called "Beyond Warm"[97], meaning they used to play it live. The song was written before the Wake Me sessions and wasn't considered for the album.

There is no known studio or live recording of the song.

Piece Of My Mind

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Everybody's Falling To Pieces

Old School

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Super Star

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Ryan's Wisdom

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...No Sun Today Re-mix

Relative Degree

12 Songs

When Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson were in high school, they started a band called Relative Degree with Mark Wakefield[98] and the bass player from a band called Karma. They had a dream of playing one show at The Roxy Theatre, a popular club for up and coming bands, located on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, California, so they set it as their big goal.

"People laugh at me when I say this but my goal was - as a musician - to play a show at our local club, the Roxy, in L.A. in high school for my friends. I did it. Now I say this, and it may sound like bullshit, everything that's happened from that point on is all gravy. We're really proud of the music we've made, and for everyone that gets to hear it, that's more love for us. We're totally happy," said Brad.[99]

At the time, Mike Shinoda, who was a classmate of Brad's and Rob's, was making beats for local MCs, but would watch them practice sometimes. Mike developed a strong friendship with Delson, and, although he never joined the band, he would occasionally put samples in their songs. The band wrote 12 songs and rehearsed for a year.[100]

About their sound, Rob said, "Relative Degree sounded a lot like the band 311- it was rock with a funky incorporation of hip hop and rap elements."[101]

The show at The Roxy finally happened on May 17, 1996 and after their goal was reached, the band stopped practicing and lost focus, eventually leading to a break up and a separation of ways.[102]

Sac

Demo

The first time Sac was mentioned was in an interview WretchesAndKings did with Sean Dowdell: "Chester and I had an electronic experiement that was a heavy industrial sounding project called Sac, we only did 1 demo and I have not idea where it even it, that was poretty cool. [...] it was really only something we did for a few months an wrote about 4 or 5 songs. We never played any shows or anything but the concept was cool."[103]

Later, in an interview with LPLive, he said "Sac was in 1997-1998". When questioned if the name stands for "Sean And Chester", he answered laughing, "I'm not sure".

Fort Minor

Watch Their Mouth

In the Fort Minor "making of" DVD for The Rising Tied, you can hear a few unreleased songs when Mike is playing the album at his home studio. A thread on LPLive from July 2013[104] discusses the piece of paper in Mike's hand as songs are being played. One of the titles is "Watch Their Mouth Tak V2 ?", following "Be Somebody", "Cover + Duck", and "In Stereo" on the list. Mike discusses twenty songs he made for the album (after the We Major mixtape was released) and this is likely one of the unreleased tracks. Below it, he wrote "Jay - it feels familiar", meaning Jay-Z made a comment on the track.

An interesting note about this session in Mike's living room is that he plays a version of "In Stereo" with the "it's like that, y'all, yeah" intro. While this intro doesn't appear on The Rising Tied, it was on every live version of "In Stereo" when Fort Minor performed live. A demo of "High Road" with an earlier beat is also played.

According to a 2005 MTV article, Mike Shinoda wrote over 50 tracks in order to come up with the 14 songs that composed the album.[105] So it's likely that "Watch Their Mouth" isn't the only unreleased Fort Minor song.

Where'd You Go Remix by Ryu

Main article: Where'd You Go

In 2009, Ryu did a series of chats on USTREAM. During one of these chats, on April 15, 2009, he played some unreleased songs for fans, among them, a remix he did of Fort Minor's "Where'd You Go". He also played songs off the, at the time unreleased, Styles Of Beyond album Reseda Beach, which was executive produced by Mike Shinoda, and some solo work and collaborations with Rob Dyrdek and Scoop Deville.

During the chat, he was also questioned about a "With You" remix he rapped on for Reanimation, but he said it was actually The Crystal Method's remix[106] of "Points Of Authority".

Welcome Remix with Ryu

Main article: Welcome

On June 21, 2015, Fort Minor's first single in 10 years, "Welcome", was released, with a music video being released in the next day.[107][108]

As soon as the single came out, Ryu posted on Twitter, "I coulda swore I did a verse on the welcome song. Hmm."[109] This was followed, in the next few days, by a series of posts by Ryu on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (most of which were deleted afterwards) about how he was also part of Fort Minor[110], Mike left his verse out of the song without any explanation[111], and, although he was in the music video, he didn't know Mike was actually shooting a music video for the single.

Mike noticed the messages, he e-mailed Ryu explaining the verse was meant for a remix. Ryu posted on Instagram:

"yes. He told me today that he wanted to use my verse for the remix. Problem is, he didn't tell me that in the beginning. Everything was discussed thru email. He asked for my opinion on the song and I told him I liked it, then he asked if I wanted to put a verse on it, which I did. There was never any conversation about a remix. I was under the impression that my verse was on the original single. It's no big deal tho. I'm over it."[112]

Mike said on Twitter, "@TherealRyu is a stand-up dude. We had a misunderstanding and squashed it, all is good."[113]

Later, in a July interview with Hip Hop N More, Mike said he was still planning on how to release Ryu's verse: "I have no plans for collabos right now, other than a plan to get the verse Ryu laid on “Welcome” out there in some form, hopefully soon."[114]

The "Welcome" remix was never released.

Dead By Sunrise

20 Eyes

Other Known Titles

A song board was posted on Julien-K's official website[115] in 2007 and shows fourteen songs including "Hard Life", "Introutro", "Instrumental", "Wall Of Sound", and the "20 Eyes" cover that Bucket Of Weenies (and later Dead By Sunrise) performed live.

Another song board from the sessions can be seen in an LPTV episode called "Chester Wraps Vocals"[116] from 2009, with demo names that include "Split Personality" and "Evil Twin".

It's possible that some of those demos became any of these songs (which we don't know demo titles for): "Crawl Back In", "Too Late", "Inside Of Me" and "Condemned"; but it's also possible one or more of them are unreleased songs.

Amir Derakh was questioned about those titles via Facebook on January 18, 2016 and he said "I think they were all songs that never got finishes".

In statement issued after Chester Bennington's passing, the band declared they would be releasing some unreleased material in the future.[117]

Stone Temple Pilots

Studio Album

After the releasing the High Rise EP and touring for about a year with Chester Bennington, Stone Temple Pilots entered the studio to work on new songs. A July 10, 2014 tweet by Robert DeLeo reads "Spending the week writing new #STP material here at HOMeFRY…".[118] It was accompanied by a picture of all four members of the band.

The Homefry Studio in Los Angeles, California, is the same place part of Stone Temple Pilots' 2010 self-titled studio album and the entire High Rise EP were recorded.

The band returned to the studio in January 2015, as revealed by another tweet by Robert DeLeo: "It's been a great week for writing new songs here at HOMeFRY.... New STP starting Monday... Stay tuned..."[119]

Later that month, Dean DeLeo started a project called "memo:demo" through the band's official SoundCloud account, where he would upload audio clips that were recorded on his phone, including "anything from alternate solos, songs from the point in time of their conception and some new ditties".[120] Among those clips was an instrumental demo of a brand new song called "The Hotel On The Hill".

In February, after Chester broke his anckle and Linkin Park cancelled the remaining of the North American leg of their The Hunting Party Tour,[121] the band went back to the studio[122][123] and worked on new music until March. They went over vocal ideas,[124] drum tracks[125] and guitar solos.[126]

Dean DeLeo spoke about the album in a February 18, 2015 interview with WAAF, saying, "Although we’ve been trying for many, many years to get away from ourselves, we always keep coming back to our same spot — that person in front of the mirror. It kind of sounds like us. It’s not anything we’ve… I’d like to think it’s not anything we’ve done before; we definitely don’t wanna repeat ourselves. It’s just about kind of stumbling and writing some new musical terrain we haven’t really explored before. But it’s definitely R-A-W-K-I-N. Rawkin."

Eric Kretz then added, "When we were writing these songs, it was just, like, ‘Man, what gets us off on stage live?’ We wanna make sure that it has those elements where we’re excited not just to present a good song, but something that has great performances on all our parts and something that the audience can just really enjoy."[127]

When questioned by AltWire in March 2015 if the album would sound similar to High Rise, Chester answered: "I think it’s a lot different. I really don’t like talking about music that people aren’t hearing because it’s hard to describe what the music sounds like, but it’s super energetic. The riffs are really cool and the playing has been really insane. So, I think there’s going to be a lot of our STP fans out there that are super happy. Every guitar player in the world is going to want to learn how to play these riffs, whether it’s guitar or bass. Eric has done amazing too. Really it’s now coming down to making great melodies and coming up with some good lyrics."[128]

Speaking to ArtistDirect later that month about the difference between writing for Linkin Park and writing for Stone Temple Pilots, Chester said: "It is fun to write these songs. With Linkin Park, things are pretty literal. There’s not a whole lot of poetry going on or clever lines that may not have a direct meaning but have some underlying meaning with what’s going on. Writing for STP, I get to be a lot more poetic. I get to be a lot more clever with my wording. It makes it a lot of fun because I get to be more colorful. With this new record, the music is pretty f***ing insane dude. We’re rocking over here. It’s so f***ing crazy, and it’s so cool. With the melodies, I’m getting funky and stepping out of my comfort zone, which is fun. It’s definitely something I enjoy doing because it helps me think differently in terms of how to get a point across. In Linkin Park, because there are two writers with Mike and I, we both need to believe in what we’re saying to get a point across. As the only writer of lyrics and the only one who has to believe it as we perform it, it allows me to be a little more colorful in my phrasing, which is super fun."[129]

The album was tentavelly scheduled for a October 2015 release[130] but was later postponed to late fall or early 2016. Talking about the progress of the album in April 2015, Robert DeLeo said:

"Right now we have six songs completely done that I've even laid down solos on. Chester has vocals on one of the six songs, so when we get home, he's going to try and sing on some others.

[...] When Chester's on the road with Linkin, that's when Robert, Eric and I will start compiling new material and send MP3s new stuff to him, so we can start cutting and he he'll send up back notes."[131]

In a interview with A-Sides published on May 28, 2015, Dean DeLeo said they had "six songs" and "Chester sang on a few". Chester then said they had 6 songs done instrumentally and they began working on vocals right before they left on tour, so there were some scratch ideas, and one of them was "pretty close to being done", but they didn't have a date set for the release of the album.[132]

Eventually, Chester parted ways with Stone Temple Pilots. This was officially announced on the band's official website on November 9, 2015. The statement reads:

"The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.

Chester

What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.

With love,

Robert, Eric, Dean"[133]

The decision had been made months before the announcement and even before Stone Temple Pilots' final tour with Chester. In an interview with Scott Weiland conducted by Brett Buchanan for AlternativeNation on November 5, 2015, the former vocalist claimed Chester had left the band.[134] Johnny Stevens, Highly Suspect lead singer, was offered a job as Chester's replacement in August 2015, but turned down the offer.[135] Speaking to Detroit radio station WRIF on February 11, 2016, Dean DeLeo talked about the incident:

"The way John tells it is not actually what went down. I did reach out to John. We spoke, and I think John is an immense talent. Great, great singer. But I did not offer him a gig. I merely asked if he was interested in possibly getting in a room, and God bless him, he stuck to his guns, and he had the courage and the confidence to stick with his band, and you know, those guys are up for a couple of Grammys.

One thing that really saddened me about that is it was very early on. It was all the way back in August, when I spoke to John, man to man. You know, I don't use that term loosely. Man to man I asked for his confidentiality in this, and well, it shows you what kind of man he is."[136]

The band performed an one-off show with Joss Stone on vocals on November 9, 2015, as part of Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Mash-Up Mondays".[137] On February 5, 2016, Stone Temple Pilots started a IndabaMusic contest to search for a new vocalist. The band's statament read:

"2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots…

A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that’s going to take a little help from all of you.

As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in…

We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots. We’ve already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we’ve set up a way for you to do just that.

If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you. No one will ever “replace” Scott, that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do… make music! We look forward to seeing you.

Love,

Robert, Eric, Dean"[138]


The band received submissions from all around the world, including submissions from well known musicians like Peter Dolving (ex-The Haunted)[139] and Esteban Tavares (ex-Fresno).[140] The contest ended on March 8, 2016. The band wrote:

"To one and all who have submitted,

We thank you dearly. As you may know we stopped taking submissions as of March 8. There are some of you that we are very much looking forward to meeting. Again, we thank all of you.

Love,

Robert, Eric, Dean"[141]

On March 26, 2016, the band reunited with Chester Bennington for a one-off performance at "From Bach To Rock", an event to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools, at the Norris Theater and Pavilion in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Chester was announced as a special guest for the band.[142] The name of the event was later changed to "From Classic To Rock".[143] The band also backed up Gary Wright for three songs during his set.[144]

On April 4, 2016, the band gave an update on their search for a new singer:

"Hi everyone.

We wanted to once again thank all of those who took the time to submit. Thank you kindly.

Those of you that put forth your top 3 candidates and singer suggestions was a great help as well. Thank you for that.

With MANY hours clocked in behind the computer, the 3 of us have chosen and are auditioning some very talented people. Auditions will start on April 18th.

We are thrilled to get in a room with each of these very talented individuals.

Let the good times roll.

Love, Robert, Eric, Dean"[145]

On May 12, 2016, Dean and Robert DeLeo took part in an Adopt The Arts event at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which honoured 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Glenn Hughes and Robin Zander. The event was hosted by Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum, and included many special musical guests, among them, Corey Taylor of Slipknot.[146] This started rumours that Corey Taylor would be the new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots.[147]

Solo Work

Mike Shinoda

Pooch Pound

In a Rolling Stone interview published on the April 17, 2003 issue of the magazine, Mike Shinoda talked about his first steps towards hip-hop music when he was about 13 years old. He said, "I didn't know anything about old-school rock & roll or blues, but I'd hear a B.B. King song and just think it was the greatest thing ever. I always ended up taking those influences and making hip-hop beats out of them. So I put my bluesy piano to a sampled beat and, eventually, I started rapping over it." And then described the type of music he was making: "For the most part, we made a lot of joke songs. Gangsta rap had just poked its head out, and we made a lot of joke gangsta-rap songs. They were all about smoking weed and being pimps, and those were two things we were totally unfamiliar with. Like with a lot of suburban kids, there was an element of voyeurism there -- I had never been down to Long Beach, y'know?"[148]

Mike Shinoda used to make joke songs with Mark Wakefield on the weekends in high school and college[149] and this was before Xero had formed. It was a just-for-fun project featuring spoof covers imitating Snoop Dogg and other big hip-hop records of that era.[150]

The demo tape containing those songs was first mentioned by Mike Shinoda on August 12, 2015 during a AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit: "I once made a demo tape of joke gangsta rap songs called “Pooch Pound” that included a song called “North Coast Killa” where we executed all our Canadian gangsta rivals."[151] This exact same quote was repeated during a chat with Product Hunt on October 9, 2015.[152]

Hive

In the summer of 2005, Mike Shinoda and Lil Jon were asked to score that year's MTV Video Music Awards. Each of them contributed with 10 tracks.

The full tracks by Mike were released in 2010 by himself[153] through his SoundCloud account. However, when Mike uploaded the "full" ten song score, he skipped a song, track number 3, and "100 Degrees" was uploaded under the name "Hive".[154] When MTV uploaded ringtones of the tracks in 2005, the song was labeled as "100 Degrees", so it's likely that "Hive" is the missing track and "100 Degrees" was just mislabeled.

Tampa Finals

On December 19, 2007, Mike Shinoda announced through his blog he had worked with professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek on a film called "Street Dreams":

"the movie is called “street dreams” — it’s a film centering around a skater, his fight against other peoples’ expectations of him, and his passion for skateboarding. i contributed a little music for it (just one musical bit). the movie turned out great. it hasn’t been picked up by a movie house yet, but i hope it does; those guys worked their asses of on it."[155]

"Street Dreams" was directed by Chris Zamoscianyk, produced by Rob Dyrdek, Jason Bergh and Sal Masekela, and written by Elisa Delson (Brad's wife), Rob Dyrdek, and Nino Scalia.

Christopher "Thes One" Portugal created most of the "Street Dreams" original score, but Mike also contributed with an original piece called "Tampa Finals". Pharrell created the film's theme song, "Hoppin' Over Fences"[156], which was produced by The Neptunes.

"Lying From You" by Linkin Park was used in the opening scene of the movie.[157] "Second To None" by Styles Of Beyond and Mike Shinoda is also part of the soundtrack.[158]

Elisa Delson and Mike Shinoda were spotted at the "Street Dreams" premiere in Los Angeles on June 08, 2009.[159] The film was shown at select US theaters on June 12.

A post on the film's official website about the soundtrack hinted an official release, saying "Stay tuned for more info on where and when you can get the tracks."[160] However, it never happened.

In a March 2012 interview about scoring The Raid: Redemption, Mike said there are other songs he did for films that are never going to be released: "I did a little piece of scoring for an independent that Rob Dyrdek put together called Street Dreams, and I did some other things that nobody will ever see."[161]

Joe Hahn

The Seed Soundtrack

The iTunes page for Joe's 2006 short film entitled "The Seed" says, "Musically, THE SEED features two untitled original compositions by Hahn as well as a track (“There They Go”) from Fort Minor, the side project fronted by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda."[162]

While the unreleased songs can be heard in the film, their full versions remain unreleased.

Cancelled Live Releases

Linkin Park Live At The Docklands Arena

On September 16, 2001, Linkin Park played a sold out show at the Docklands Arena in London, England. Fans attending this show had to sign a waiver saying they consented to being filmed for a Linkin Park DVD.

The setlist changed for this show, with "Step Up" being dropped completely, taking it down one song, and "By Myself" was moved to the encore. Joe Hahn's semi-famous "Blow Your Mind" interlude was first played at this show, before "By Myself". The band also debuted a new show intro for this show. Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience from the Dilated Peoples came out and danced around on the end of "High Voltage". Marky Chavez of Adema and West Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd came out on "One Step Closer" to sing.

"Papercut", "Points Of Authority", "High Voltage", "Crawling", "In The End", and "One Step Closer" from the show were broadcasted on HBO Reverb in two parts with an interview and short info while "With You" was posted on HBO.com. Audio recordings of "With You" and "High Voltage" were released on the LP Underground 2.0 CD.

This appears to be the first planned Linkin Park live DVD release and it is unknown why the show wasn't released. A low quality version of the DVD leaked in 2012.[163]

Setlist:

  1. With You
  2. Runaway
  3. Papercut
  4. Points Of Authority
  5. High Voltage
  6. Pushing Me Away
  7. And One
  8. In The End
  9. A Place For My Head
  10. Forgotten
  11. Crawling
  12. My December
  13. By Myself
  14. Sweet Child O' Mine
  15. One Step Closer

Linkin Park Live At The Concert For The Philippines

On January 11, 2014, Music For Relief held a benefit show for the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country. It was announced only 30 days prior and tickets were given to people who raised a minimum of $250 in support of the cause. The show took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.

Linkin Park performed a shortened version of the setlist they played for the Harman Infinity One Launch in Las Vegas, NV two days prior with "Lost In The Echo" and "A Light That Never Comes" being dropped. Chester Bennington left the soundcheck very early due to being sick and, during the show, let the crowd sing large portions of "New Divide" and "Numb". Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart joined the band for "Castle Of Glass", The Filharmonic from the show "Sing Off" joined the band for the "Iridescent" portion of "LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent", performing an acapella outro to the song; Mike Einziger from Incubus joined the band for "What I've Done" and "In The End"; and Travis Barker from Blink-182 joined the band for "Bleed It Out", performing a dueling drum solo with Rob Bourdon during the bridge.

A February 2014 post on Ethan Mates' website reads "I mixed Linkin Park's performance at the benefit for broadcast and dvd, and continued recording new Linkin Park album in LA." No DVD was ever released.

The full show was webcasted live on the AXS iPhone/Android apps only. On February 15, 2014, AXS broadcasted an hour-long "Concert For The Philippines" special featuring "One Step Closer", "Castle Of Glass", "What I've Done", "In The End", "Burn It Down", and "Bleed It Out" as well as a few songs by the other bands. The same footage/songs as the AXS special was later uploaded to the Music For Relief YouTube account with no logos.

Setlist:

  1. One Step Closer
  2. Faint
  3. New Divide
  4. Waiting For The End
  5. Breaking The Habit
  6. Castle Of Glass
  7. LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent
  8. Numb
  9. What I've Done
  10. In The End
  11. Burn It Down
  12. Bleed It Out

Linkin Park Live At O2 World

On November 9, 2014 Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn debuted the Linkin Park Saturn poup store, which displayed their Berlin Wall paintings that they worked on the prior week. At the event, Mike mentioned to fans that their Berlin show on November 19th would be broadcasted live and released as a DVD.[164] Samsung, who sponsored the popup store, partnered with the band for the webcast. The store also debuted and sold the new LPU XIV merch.

That night, the band played a concert in Oberhausen, Germany which was filmed by 4K cameras as a test show in preparation for the DVD shoot.

A broadcast was confirmed on November 12th by Warner Music Germany and SES. It was advertised as the "first live concert in the world to be broadcast at Astra 19.2 degrees East in Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixel) in HEVC standard, at 50 fps and a colour depth of 10 bit."[165]

The show took place at O2 World in Berlin and was broadcasted live. Broadcast problems occurred with the first 5 minutes of audio. The volume was way too high.

The DVD was never released.

Setlist:

  1. Catalyst/Requiem Intro
  2. Guilty All The Same
  3. Given Up
  4. Points Of Authority
  5. One Step Closer
  6. Blackout Intro
  7. Papercut (Short)
  8. Rebellion
  9. Runaway (Short)
  10. Wastelands
  11. Castle Of Glass Experience
  12. LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent
  13. Robot Boy Intro
  14. Joe Solo
  15. Burn It Down
  16. Waiting For The End
  17. Final Masquerade
  18. Mike Solo
  19. Numb
  20. In The End
  21. Faint
  22. Lost In The Echo (Shorter)
  23. New Divide (Abridged)
  24. Crawling (Abridged)
  25. MS Rap (With You)
  26. Until It's Gone (Abridged)
  27. What I've Done
  28. Bleed It Out

Fort Minor Live At The Exchange

On June 29, 2015, Fort Minor played its first full show since 2006.

Announced exactly one week beforehand, the show was advertised as being a "one man show", something that hadn't been done before by Fort Minor. Before the show, the LPU emailed the LPU M&G attendees: "Hey LPU, Join us in capturing Fort Minor's first live concert in almost 10 years. We need LPU members to document some of their day getting ready and excited for the show. To submit your clips, we will need the download links emailed to us at lpuhq@lpunderground.com. The download links must be valid for 30 days. Examples of Video Clips Include: Video getting ready for the concert, Video of miscellaneous Fort Minor items, Video of listening to Fort Minor in the car on the way to the venue, Video of you and your friends in line with tickets, Video of yourself at moments during the concert, and Video with comments after the concert is over." The show took place at the Exchange LA in Los Angeles, California and was 21+.

A June 2015 post on Ethan Mates' website reads "Recorded Fort Minor show at The Exchange in Downtown LA for future release." No portion of the show was ever released in any form.

Setlist:

  1. Introduction
  2. Petrified
  3. In Stereo
  4. It's Goin' Down
  5. Dolla
  6. Waiting For The End/Hands Held High
  7. Castle Of Glass/Kenji
  8. Devil's Drop
  9. Cigarettes
  10. Until It Breaks
  11. Where'd You Go
  12. High Road
  13. Believe Me
  14. Welcome
  15. Remember The Name

Linkin Park Live At Beijing Workers' Stadium

On July 26, 2015, Linkin Park played their first show in Beijing. The band had to submit a list of songs to the Chinese government to be "pre-approved" for the setlist. Included were all songs played on the world tour for The Hunting Party up to that point, even those not in the current setlist. 42 songs total were listed, including "A Place For My Head", "Somewhere I Belong", "A Light That Never Comes", "With You" and "Blackout". "Keys To The Kingdom", which has not received its live debut yet, was also on the list.[166]

Due to the Chinese government's censorship laws, the band was forced to censor "Given Up", "Remember The Name", "Welcome", and "Bleed It Out". On "Given Up", Chester just skipped "fuck". On "Remember The Name", Mike changed "motherfuckers" to "other fellas". On "Welcome", Mike just skipped the "fuckers" part of "motherfuckers". On "Bleed It Out", Mike didn't rap the entire line of "going out of my fucking mind" and let the crowd sing it instead.

The Chinese Tour did not have the customary Meet & Greets for LP Underground members, which made it the first tour in Linkin Park's history to not have them since the inception of the LPU. Mercedes-Benz (tour sponsor), however, held Meet & Greets before the shows for Mercedes-Benz owners and VIP members to meet the band.[167]

The show was broadcasted live Tencent Video, China's largest online video media platform,[168] with Mercedez-Benz and Tencent Video watermarks on the video along with large song titles and lyrics in both English and Chinese. The subtitle lyrics for "Given Up" were uncensored even though the song itself was censored.

Chester had in ear problems during "Papercut", signaling to the side of the stage that he couldn't hear correctly. The band took a break after the song to get it fixed, before they started "Given Up". Chester's mic cut out a few times on "New Divide".

After the show, Joe Hahn performed a DJ set at the Boombar. It was billed as the "official Linkin Park after party".[169]

In an interview for SoundBetter, Ken 'Pooch' Van Druten, Linkin Park's FOH engineer at the time, was asked what he was working on at the moment and his answer was "Live mixes of Linkin Park shows. We just recorded a DVD here in Beijing China."[170] No DVD has been released so far.

Setlist:

  1. Papercut
  2. Given Up
  3. Points Of Authority
  4. One Step Closer
  5. A Line In The Sand
  6. From The Inside
  7. Runaway (Short)
  8. Wastelands
  9. Castle Of Glass Experience
  10. LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent
  11. Robot Boy Intro
  12. Joe Solo
  13. New Divide
  14. Breaking The Habit
  15. Darker Than Blood Intro
  16. Burn It Down
  17. Final Masquerade
  18. Remember The Name
  19. Welcome
  20. Numb
  21. In The End
  22. Faint
  23. Waiting For The End
  24. What I've Done
  25. Bleed It Out

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  133. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS AND CHESTER BENNINGTON AMICABLY PART WAYS | Stone Temple Pilots, November 09, 2015
  134. Scott Weiland Claims Chester Bennington Has Left Stone Temple Pilots, November 7, 2015
  135. Singer Turns Down Joining Stone Temple Pilots, November 7, 2015
  136. Stone Temple Pilots guitarist slams singer who 'turned them down', February 12, 2016
  137. "Joss Stone Temple Pilots," Future Scheduled to Perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", November 6, 2015
  138. Stone Temple Pilots Launch Open Audition for New Singer | Rolling Stone, February 5, 2016
  139. Peter Dolving (ex-The Haunted) Wants to be in Stone Temple Pilots; Watch Him Sing "Interstate Love Song" | MetalSucks, February 18th, 2016
  140. Brasileiros disputam o cargo de novo vocalista do Stone Temple Pilots - Rolling Stone Brasil, March 20, 2016
  141. Stone Temple Pilots, February 5, 2016
  142. Stone Temple Pilots To Reunite With Chester Bennington For 'From Bach To Rock' Charity Concert - Blabbermouth.net, February 17, 2016
  143. From Classic to Rock - About the Concert - Star studded charity event and afterparty, 2016
  144. Eric Scott Williams | Facebook, March 27, 2016
  145. Thank You - Stone Temple Pilots, April 4, 2016
  146. Stone Temple Pilots To Perform With Courtney Love & Corey Taylor - AlternativeNation.net, April 4, 2016
  147. Is Corey Taylor The New Frontman of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS? - Rock Feed, April 4, 2016
  148. The Linkin Park Times, March 26, 2003
  149. Linkin Park Hit the Studio in L.A.: "We Have a Ton of Material" - Rolling Stone, November 07, 2008
  150. LINKIN PARK MIKE SHINODA TALKS ABOUT BAND BEGINNINGS AT CENTER STAGE PRESS CONFERENCE - YouTube, February 17, 2013
  151. IamA Mike Shinoda AMA!: IAmA, August 12, 2015
  152. Mike Shinoda LIVE Chat on Product Hunt, October 09, 2015
  153. Shinoda 2005 VMA Score / Beats « Mike Shinoda's Blog, March 01, 2010
  154. Hive by Mike Shinoda Linkin Park | Free Listening on SoundCloud, January 27, 2010
  155. rob dyrdek « Mike Shinoda's Blog, December 19, 2007
  156. Dyrdek's Street Dreams Opening June 12 | TransWorld SKATEboarding, May 12, 2009
  157. Lying From You on Street Dreams soundtrack? - Got News? - Linkin Park Live, June 09, 2009
  158. Street Dreams skate video soundtrack - Video by Rob Dyrdek | Skatevideosite
  159. Linkin Lady: Elisa Delson attends "Street Dreams" premiere in Los Angeles, June 09, 2009
  160. Thes One and the Score of Street Dreams - Fan Club of Street Dreams Movie, May 19, 2009
  161. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Rocks on to New Challenge: 'The Raid: Redemption' Film Score (Q&A) - Hollywood Reporter, March 21, 2012
  162. The Seed on iTunes
  163. Exclusive: Docklands Arena 2001 DVD - LPLive Exclusives and Specials - Linkin Park Live, November 25, 2012
  164. Nov 19 Berlin Show Set for Satellite Broadcast - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, November 10, 2014
  165. SES AND SAMSUNG MARK ULTRA HD’S FIRST – WITH LIVE BROADCAST OF LINKIN PARK CONCERT VIA SATELLITE - SES.com, November 12, 2014
  166. Keys To The Kingdom to receive live debut? - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 06, 2015
  167. LPU Meetups: China - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 17, 2015
  168. Beijing show on July 26th to be webcasted - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 13, 2015
  169. Joe DJ Set in Beijing - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 25, 2015
  170. Kenneth "Pooch" Van Druten - Mixer / Producer - Dallas | SoundBetter