When They Come For Me
|"When They Come For Me"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns|
|Recorded||2008 - 2010|
Linkin Park - Points Of Authority|
Lauryn Hill - Lost Ones
Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Puff Daddy & Mase)
Big Daddy Kane - Raw
Public Enemy - My Uzi Weigh A Ton
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse
|Live debut||October 7, 2010|
|Last played||January 10, 2014|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
"When They Come For Me" is a very hip-hop oriented track, and is one of the few songs on the album that features Mike Shinoda rapping. The track starts with a syncopated drum beat accompanied by very dirty, distorted synth stabs before giving way to Shinoda's rapping, where he references Lauryn Hill's "Lost Ones", Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems", Big Daddy Kane's "Raw", Public Enemy's "My Uzi Weigh A Ton", Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse", and Linkin Park's own song from Hybrid Theory, "Points of Authority". The wordless chorus of the song has the band doing gang vocals before Chester Bennington sings the bridge, accompanied by some subtle electronics and a light, melodic guitar line. The outro of the song was actually not done by the band, but instead of created by the winner of "The Catalyst" remix contest, NoBraiN, who was allowed to contribute one of the tracks on the album, with the options being either "When They Come For Me" or "Jornada Del Muerto". He was told that the parts he made didn't necessarily have to make the album, since the band already had an artistic vision for the tracks. Ultimately, his contributions for "When They Come For Me" made the cut, and are present on the album. Being the album's most complex rhythmic track, the Pro Tools session for "When They Come For Me", comprised more than 100 tracks and took more than a year and a half to complete.
A remix of "When They Come For Me" by Diplo was used in DJ Hero 2. The soundtrack, and thus the song, was never officially released outside of the game.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|When They Come For Me||A Thousand Suns||4:55||2008-2010||September 8, 2010||
|When They Come For Me||A Thousand Suns (Clean)||4:55||2008-2010||September 8, 2010||
|When They Come For Me||A Thousand Suns Instrumentals||5:15||2008-2010||
|When They Come For Me (Diplo Remix)||DJ Hero 2: Linkin Park Mix Pack (DLC)||3:07||2008-2010||December 21, 2010||
|When They Come For Me (Live)||Burning In The Skies (Digital Single)||5:21||February 04, 2011||March 21, 2011||
|Empty Spaces/When They Come For Me||Live In Madrid||5:31||November 07, 2010||April 1, 2011||
|When They Come For Me (Live From Tel Aviv, 11-15-10)||2011 North American Tour EP||5:12||November 15, 2010||December 20, 2010||
|When They Come For Me||Live In Red Square||5:20||June 23, 2011||July 21, 2011||
|When They Come For Me (Live From Paris, 2010)||A Thousand Suns - Live Around The World||5:06||October 25, 2010||June 19, 2012||
"When They Come For Me" was first performed at the second full show of the A Thousand Suns cycle at Buenos Aires. The song is always played after "Empty Spaces", as it appeared on the album. Throughout 2010, "When They Come For Me" didn't move around too much. In Sets A-1, A-3, and the one-off Madrid show, it was played after "Faint", and in Sets B, B-1, and B-9, it opened the encore with "Empty Spaces". During the 2011 North American tour, "When They Come For Me", along with "Empty Spaces" was played in all five setlists. Set A-1 had the song after "Faint", just like in 2010. Sets B-11, C-5, and C-6 all had the song after "What I've Done", usually being performed with a long intro with Mike playing a keyboard transition from "What I've Done" into "Empty Spaces, and Set B-13 had the song opening the encore with "Empty Spaces". It was also performed at the short, 3 song setlist for Saturday Night Live, being played after "Waiting For The End". "When They Come For Me" didn't move around much from the North American tour to the 2011 European and Asian tours. Sets A and B had the song after "What I've Done", Set C had the song opening the encore, Set D had the song after "New Divide", and Set E and the one-off Moscow setlist had the song after "Faint". This tour also brought about the only two shows where "When They Come For Me" was dropped on the entire A Thousand Suns cycle. At the Music For Relief benefit show, "Empty Spaces" and "When They Come For Me" were dropped in favor of "The Messenger", and the one-off setlist from Singapore didn't have the songs, either, presumably due to Chester's broken arm.
"When They Come For Me" returned for the Living Things touring cycle during the Honda Civic Tour, and for the rest of 2012. Set B had the song after "Somewhere I Belong", but was dropped at the Woodlands show for "In My Remains". Set C had "Empty Spaces" and "When They Come For Me" after "In My Remains". Once the band stopped playing Set C after Rio de Janeiro, "When They Come For Me" was dropped, and didn't return for the rest of the cycle.
"When They Come For Me" was performed once in January of 2014, at the headlining show in Las Vegas. It was played after "Lies Greed Misery". This was the last time the song was performed live. The band did rehearse "When They Come For Me" for the Carnivores Tour in summer of 2014, though. It did not make the setlist, though.
They full version of the song returned in 2018 when Mike began the Post Traumatic Tour. Initially, he performed a shortened version of the song, sampling Chester during the choruses and ending it before ending the track before the bridge. When Dan Mayo and Matt Harris joined the tour, the full version of the song returned, with Mike performing a guitar solo during the final chorus and outro.
Last Updated: September 10, 2016
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Outro||"No More Sorrow" Long Intro Tease||January 20, 2011||January 20, 2011|
|Outro||Short Synth Outro||August 25, 2012||August 25, 2012|
Last Updated: August 26, 2018
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Alternative||Shortened (Intro/Verse 1/Chorus/Verse 2/Chorus)||May 12, 2018||June 20, 2018|
In Other Media
- A remix of "When They Come For Me" by Diplo is featured in the 2010 videogame DJ Hero 2.
- Linkin Park Association, September 2010
- Linkin Park: 'A Thousand Suns' - EMusician, November 29, 2017
- Billboard InterviewJune 25, 2016