Valentine's Day

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"Valentine's Day"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album Minutes To Midnight
Recorded 2006 - 2007
Format Digital, Cassete, CD, Vinyl, DVD
Length 03:16
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 108
Key D Minor
Live debut January 16, 2008
Last played June 27, 2008
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

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

"Valentine's Day" is the ninth track off of Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight.

Background

"Valentine's Day" remained largely unchanged throughout the recording process, as revealed by the limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight, which read "Searching for a collective space to write and do pre-production, the band set up shop in a Hollywood rehearsal space known as the Korn Studio. There, the band hired engineer Ethan Mates to help them record rough song ideas. Although it was finished at the Laurel Studio, “Valentine's Day” retains most of the original music and vocals that were created at the Korn Studio. In fact, although the band experimented with re-recording most of their early demos, the earliest recordings were often chosen to make the album."

In an interview with Kerrang!, Chester Bennington called it "one of the poppier songs on the album", and went on to say "We have to be very careful sometimes that we don’t lose the integrity of what we’re doing – we’re a very dark band and we like it like that. We talk about uncomfortable things and try to make you comfortable with that. We tried to do that here in a more poppy song and I really like that aspect of the album."[1]

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Valentine's Day Minutes To Midnight 3:16 2006-2007 May 14, 2007

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Valentine's Day (Live From Frankfurt Germany, Jan 20 '08) Given Up 3:24 January 20, 2008 March 2, 2008
Valentine's Day (Live From Amnéville, 2008) Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World 3:21 January 17, 2008 June 12, 2012

Live

"Valentine's Day" saw it's debut in 2008, on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour, and was featured in both Set R and Set T. Not much happened with the song live on the first tour, though at the show in Basel, Switzerland, Brad started the song in the wrong key, prompting Chester to sing it higher to match the key (the issue was fixed by the end of the song). The song gained an extended guitar intro on the Minutes To Midnight North American Tour, first appearing at the show in Manchester, New Hampshire but then not returning until later in the tour, at the show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (though the extension wasn't noted on physical setlists until Los Angeles, California). Chester had some difficulty with the song near the end of the tour due to being sick, namely at the show in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lost his breath mid-way through a verse of the song. When the band introduced three more new setlists on the summer Minutes To Midnight European Tour, "Valentine's Day" was only featured in one setlist: Set Y. The song was dropped from the Projekt Revolution version of Set Y, and has not appeared since.

Variations

Last Updated: December 25, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Guitar Intro February 18, 2008 June 27, 2008

Personnel

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

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

External Links

References

  1. Kerrang!, April 2007