"Devil Worship Intro" was a live show intro performed by Linkin Park during the Summer Sanitarium Tour in 2003.
Linkin Park took part in Metallica's Summer Sanitarium Tour in 2003 alongside Mudvayne, Deftones and Limp Bizkit. In order to appeal to Metallica fans, the band created a dark intro which appeared on the physical setlists under the title "Devil Worship Intro". It sampled the instrumental of the song "Dead Skin Mask" from Slayer's 1990 album Seasons In The Abyss and speech from Ken Hughes' 1970 historical drama film Cromwell. The show intro blended straight into the very last second of "Foreword" before "Don't Stay".
Mike Shinoda said about Slayer, “I've played on festivals with Slayer. That's one thing that's really weird is that I'm loosely familiar with their stuff, but I don't know it very well. I remember watching them and thinking that's the reason they're so respected. Like look at that fucking band! They just kill it onstage. They're so tight and so aggressive. I remember being super impressed.”
Linkin Park's first live album, Live In Texas, was recorded at the Summer Sanitarium Tour, but the "Devil Worship Intro" was cut from the release. The Veterans Stadium 2003 show included in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Meteora in 2023 marked the first official release to include this intro (although unlisted in the tracklist).
|Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)
|July 12, 2003
|April 7, 2023
Summer Sanitarium 2003 setlist from the "From The Inside" book showing the "Devil Worship Intro"