Bleed It Out

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"Bleed It Out" is the fourth track off of Linkin Park's third studio album Minutes To Midnight. The song was released as the second single from the album on August 14, 2007.

"Bleed It Out"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Minutes To Midnight
Working title Accident
Recorded 2006-2007
Released August 14, 2007
Format CD, Vinyl
Length 02:44
Stems Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock[1]
Open Labs SoundSlate Pro[3]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 140
Key F# Minor
Live debut May 11, 2007
Last played October 27, 2017
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

What I've Done (2007) Bleed It Out (2007) Shadow Of The Day (2007)

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


Several months before the album was released, Mike Shinoda talked about the sounds and influences found on "Bleed It Out" in an interview with Rolling Stone, stating "The guitar sounds like AC/DC, the beat sounds like Motown, and there's a Stones-like groove to it. But it's got rapping and Clash-style vocals. It's so different it may take people a beat to go 'I can't believe it's the same band. But hopefully their next thought will be 'F*ckin' Cool'."[4]

The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight reiterated that idea, saying "One of the band’s goals on this record was to enjoy it. This track is one of the places that it is most evident. With its 80’s-inspired guitar and bass, roadhouse blues piano and clapping, Motown-style drums, irreverent death-party rap verses, and punk chorus, this song is a party (albeit a strange one) from beginning to end." Chester Bennington, too, described the fun, party-like vibe of the song as something that "rides the line of what you might expect from us. It’s got rapping on it and a real big chorus, but it’s also got these great Motown drums and a real party vibe to it. So it’s something different too. It’s fun."[5]

To achieve that, the band threw a real party in the studio as explained by Chester, "I've played everything from clapping, stomping my feet, we had a party in the studio once and recorded that, that's the beginning of "Bleed It Out"."[6] The April 2007 issue of a French magazine published a track by track of Minutes To Midnight on which Rob said, "Rick Rubin had the idea to bring all the people from Linkin Park's maintenance team (make-up, photographers and security guards) into the studio and record their cheering voices to this song. The track was recorded almost at the very end of the recording of the entire album and was a great celebration for the completion of the work." Chester added, "It's Linkin Park's style (intro, rap verse, chorus, rap verse, chorus, bridge and chorus again); Mike raps and I do the choruses. This song has exactly the same structure as the old band songs, but the manner in which we performed it is very different."[7]

Shinoda also went into detail about his frustration while writing the lyrics for "Bleed It Out" in an interview with Kerrang in 2007. "I wrote the lyrics to this about a hundred times. It's always frustrating as a lyricist to come in with a new version that you spent hours on and have the band tell you that it's not yet there. In one case they listened to my lyrics for 30 seconds and told me to start over again. That was pretty hard. It felt like I was bringing in lyrics, getting punched in the face and then going back to the drawing board. When it finally came together I said to the band, 'I don't think anyone but us could have made a song like this'. It's [expletive] bizarre death-party-rap-hoedown!"[8][9] In 2020 he claimed this was the most difficult song to make in the Linkin Park catalogue. "That's why I started the lyric with 'here we go for the hundredth time' because I rewrote the verse to that dozens and dozens of time. And a lot of those were completely starting from scratch and I just didn't like them and I ended up on that one... because when I started with that it was like embracing the fact that the frustration of making the song was actually informing the content of the song. It took like, months. That was a tough one."[10][11]


CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Bleed It Out Linkin Park 2:44
2 What I've Done (Distorted Remix) Linkin Park 3:47
3 Given Up (Third Encore Session) Linkin Park 3:08

Vinyl Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Bleed It Out Linkin Park 2:44
2 What I've Done (Distorted Remix) Linkin Park 3:47

Music Video

Mike Shinoda announced that "Bleed It Out" would be the band's next single while introducing the song at the July 7, 2007 Live Earth Tokyo concert. He said, "Listen, we've got a new single we just shot a video for. Mr. Hahn directed the video. You guys want a preview of what the song's going to be? Hands up like this. This song's called Bleed It Out."[12]

The music video was directed by Joe Hahn. The stunts in the video were edited to be shown in reverse, slow motion. The Stunt Coordinator was Al Goto and the Fight Choreographer was Steven Ho. It was shot at Hotel Alexandria in downtown Los Angeles.[13]

In July 2007, a friend of Joe Hahn's posted on their blog, "I got to go check out my friend Mr. Hahn's new video shoot for Linkin Park last week. He directed a ridiculously crazy fight scene in a bar that is made up of 100 people, or 8 people, or 8 people that are computer-composited to look like 100 different people, or maybe everyone was holograms. I dont know. I was told to wear special glasses to protect my eyes the entire time, but perhaps those special glasses protected me from seeing holographic people doing karate in reverse. Either way, the video is going to look insane, and Hahn used a huge Milo crane (i think they called it that because it was invented for that Milo n Otis movie with the fiesty dog and the stuck up cat). The camera was a gigantic robot that ran by itself along a track, and they also referred to as the Genesis, which i thought was odd for something so state of the art, as it was surely more powerful than 16 bits."[14][15]

Mike said, "Bleed It Out is one of my favorite songs on the record because it's pretty upbeat, to me it's not like a downer. I think we've written a lot of songs that are pretty dark, which I like, but at a certain point it's also like, 'Let's write a song that's not that' because we've done that so much. This song, although it has elements of dark themes to it, it stays pretty funny. And not only does that make it fun to play live, but it makes it great to shoot a video too."[16]

On July 31, 2007 the music video was shown on MTV Germany[17] and MTV Asia and has premiered in Canada through the MuchMusic Countdown.


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Bleed It Out Minutes To Midnight

Bleed It Out

2:44 2006-2007 May 14, 2007
Bleed It Out Minutes To Midnight (Clean)

Bleed It Out (Radio CD)

2:44 2006-2007 May 14, 2007
  • Listed on the radio CDs as "Bleed It Out (Radio Edit)."
Bleed It Out (2007 Demo) LP Underground 16 2:47 2006-2007 November 21, 2016
  • Different verse vocals.
  • Scat vocal chorus and bridge.
  • Less guitar in chorus.
  • Rap vocals in outro.
  • Piano note at the end of the track.
  • No party effects in the background.
  • Different mix.
  • Mislabeled as "2011 Demo" in the digital release.
Bleed It Out Minutes To Midnight Instrumentals

Radio Publishing Instrumentals CD

2:47 2006-2007
  • The CD dates from May 24, 2007.
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Bleed It Out (Live From Projekt Revolution, Holmdel NJ, Aug. 29 '07) Shadow Of The Day 6:07 August 29, 2007 October 16, 2007
Bleed It Out Live Earth: The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis 3:40 July 07, 2007 November 26, 2007
Bleed It Out LP Underground 7.0 7:49 August 13, 2007 December 5, 2007
  • Censored.
  • With drum solo.
  • Recorded live at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC on August 13, 2007.
Bleed It Out (Live) Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP) 3:26 February 21, 2008 March 4, 2008
Bleed It Out Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 8:15 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • With drum solo.
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Bleed It Out Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (Clean) 8:15 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Censored.
  • With drum solo.
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
  • The explicit version of Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes on iTunes comes with the censored version of "Bleed It Out".
  • Despite the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" warning on the Record Store Day vinyl, all copies are censored.
Bleed It Out - TF2 Premier Mix 4:49 June 22, 2009 February 14, 2010
Bleed It Out/A Place For My Head Live In Madrid 5:05 November 07, 2010 April 1, 2011
Bleed It Out (Live) iTunes Festival: London 2011 5:20 July 04, 2011 July 8, 2011
  • With "A Place For My Head".
Bleed It Out Live In Red Square 5:28 June 23, 2011 July 21, 2011
  • With "A Place For My Head".
  • Released as a prize for the "Iridescent" "Super-Fun Trading Fun-Cards" game. After all six cards were collected, the person could enter the codes of each card at to get a free download of the full show.
Bleed It Out (Live From Melbourne, 2010) Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World 5:33 December 13, 2010 June 12, 2012
  • With "A Place For My Head" and drum solo.
Bleed It Out Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany June 05, 2012 March 29, 2013
  • With "Sabotage" (Beastie Boys cover).
  • DVD only.
  • Living Things+ bonus DVD.
Bleed It Out Live In Monterrey September 12, 2012 June 13, 2014
  • Censored.
  • With "Sabotage" (Beastie Boys cover).
  • DVD only.
  • The Hunting Party bonus DVD.
  • Live show filmed at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico on September 12, 2012.
Bleed It Out One More Light Live 4:57 June 20, 2017 December 15, 2017
Bleed It Out One More Light Live (Clean) 4:57 June 20, 2017 December 15, 2017
  • Censored.


"Bleed It Out" has been a staple in Linkin Park setlists since it's debut in 2007. Before the release of Minutes To Midnight the band was concerned about how the new material would be received at the shows but the first performances of "Bleed It Out" had a great response from fans as explained by Brad. “Well, it was scary releasing this record because it was such a departure. We didn’t know how it was going to be received. We just feel really lucky and fortunate because people have seemed to fallen in love with this record really quickly and even live you see it, with a song like Bleed It Out, which even when we started playing it early, early, early like before the record even came out, we were getting the same response to that song in comparative to our really well known songs so it was just a really great sign of things to come.”[19]

The song has featured an extended bridge over the years that has been utilized to rap or song verses of other songs over (namely "A Place For My Head", "Burning In The Skies", and "Reading My Eyes") and for Rob to perform a drum solo over. "Bleed It Out" is the only song from Minutes To Midnight to not be dropped from a setlist during its respective touring cycle. A multitude of guests had appeared on the song at some point or another during live performances, including Timbaland, the Street Drum Corps, and Machine Gun Kelly.

The first instance of it being performed live was in early 2007, at in New York City, New York. The band performed at Webster Hall, debuting "Bleed It Out" as the second song in the encore as a rehearsal for their performance on Saturday Night Live the following day, where they performed the song again. On the following Minutes To Midnight European Tour, the band performed the studio version of the song to begin the tour, with the song positioned in the second slot in the encore. At their performance at Rock Am Ring on the tour, the band extended the bridge of the song for the first time (an occurrence that would become very common in the years following), with Mike and Chester conducting a sing-a-long with the crowd during the bridge. Midway through the tour (starting in Zürich, Switzerland), the band changed up the setlist, by rotating "What I've Done" around to the second slot of the encore and "Bleed It Out" to close out the main set. A funny moment from the show where this first happened (Zürich) featured the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out", where Mike and Chester both took one side of the crowd and had them yell "Fuck your side!" to the other side of the crowd!

Projekt Revolution saw the song moving around with the introduction of three rotating sets. First off, the band began performing an extended intro to the song, where the intro riff would be repeated several times before kicking into the main song. The band started to regularly perform the extended bridge sing-a-long starting on this tour, too. Lastly, a new jam outro that featured the chorus instrumental being performed from a slow tempo, gradually being sped up to a very fast tempo debuted, as well. The outro was performed semi-regularly, with it always being performed with the song closing out the show, but played on and off when the song did not. In Set A, "Bleed It Out" closed the show for the first time, being the first song besides "Faint" to close a show on the Minutes To Midnight Touring Cycle. In Set B, the band performed it second-to-last in the encore, before "Faint". Set C had the song close out the main set. Beginning at the show in Phoenix, Arizona, Rob began to perform a drum solo during the bridge of the song. He explained, "I actually never have really tried doing drum solos until the other guys asked me to do them. I just play whatever comes to mind at the time with a general idea of what to do based on previous solos."[20] At the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007, the band performed the song unannounced, with Timbaland doing a remix intro of the song to introduce it.[21] The following Minutes To Midnight Asian Tour followed the same general position of "Bleed It Out" with the same setlists as Projekt Revolution. At the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in 2007, the band performed an extended jam intro to the song, as well as Rob performing a drum solo with members of the U.C.L.A. "BRUIN" marching band during the extended bridge.

At the beginning of 2008, the band debuted three more setlists on the first Minutes To Midnight European Tour of the year. Set R and Set T both had the song close out the main set, and Set S had it open the second encore. The Slow to Fast Outro was dropped from the song as a regular ending, but still made appearances here and there. At the show in Frankfurt, Germany, the extended bridge also featured a rendition of "Happy Birthday", sung to Rob after his drum solo. At the last show of the tour in London, England, Chester sang the entire chorus once as an extended intro to the song. The song remained in its positions in the three setlists on the following tour in North America. However, during this tour began experimentation with verses over the extended bridge. Due to "Points Of Authority" being dropped because of Chester being sick in West Valley City, Utah, the outro jam was tacked onto the end of "Papercut", without the added verse of "There They Go" by Fort Minor. So, Mike rapped the verse over the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out".

On the second European Tour of the year, the band debuted three more setlists. All three sets Set X, Set Y, and Set Z, "Bleed It Out" closed the main set, debuting a new extended ending. The Slow to Fast Outro made a rare appearance, only being performed once. Mike took performing verses over "Bleed It Out" up another notch, performing a verse from the Xero song, "Reading My Eyes" over the bridge after an LPU member brought the Xero demo tape to the meet and greet. The band was playing the full song in another setlist of the tour, however (Set X). The final performances of the song in 2008, throughout Projekt Revolution 2008, saw it become to new closing song in Set X and Set Z, while it remained as the closing song of the main set in Set Y. As the final song, it featured a brand new extended drum solo intro, and featured the Street Drum Corps from the extended bridge to the extended ending.

While the 2009 touring cycle with short lived, "Bleed It Out" still had some new additions. Throughout the tour, it was the closing song of the main set. It featured a new drum solo intro by Rob as well as a new extended fast ending. The song kept its regular extensions throughout the tour and did not change much, except for the final international date of the tour in Macao, China, where the band extended the bridge of the song and Mike rapped verse one of "Papercut", which was not being played on the tour.

2010 marked the beginning of the era in which the bridge of "Bleed It Out" consistently featured a piece of another song over the extended bridge. It was mainly performed at the end of the set: it closed the show in both Set A-1 and Set A-3. The only show on the A Thousand Suns European Tour in which it did not close the show was in London, England, where it was moved back a spot in the encore and "One Step Closer" closed instead. Starting at their show at the Maquinaria Festival, Mike began to sing the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" over the extended bridge. This remained as the most common bridge song for "Bleed It Out" for much of the following A Thousand Suns European Tour. On the date in Dortmund, Germany, Mike pointed out members of the LPLive forums and dedicated verse one of "A Place For My Head" to them - the first time he'd rapped the verse of the bridge! The band took it a step further two shows later in Hamburg, Germany, where Chester sang the bridge of "A Place For My Head" after Mike rapped the first verse over the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out". After that point, the band rotated "Burning In The Skies" and "A Place For My Head" over the bridge. At the show in Frankfurt, Germany. Mike rapped verse one of "Reading My Eyes" over the extended intro of "Bleed It Out" - the first time he had done a verse of the intro of the song. He did the same thing again later in the tour, in Birmingham, England. Instead of a song, a the date in Newcastle, England, Mike and Chester conducted a sing-a-long, akin to what they did in 2007 and 2008. "A Place For My Head" was performed over the extended bridge for all of the following shows in the Middle East.

On the following Australian Tour, the band changed their setlists a little bit. Set A-1 remained, still featuring "Bleed It Out" as the closing song. In the new set, Set B, it closed the main set instead. Mike rapped verse one of "Reading My Eyes" over the extended intro of the song again, this time in the first night in Melbourne, Victoria. The band continued to rotate Mike rapping "A Place For My Head" and Chester singing the bridge and Mike singing the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" throughout the tour. Starting on the second night of Melbourne, Victoria, the band began playing Set B-9, where "Burning In The Skies" (and "Blackout") debuted live, so "A Place For My Head" was performed over the bridge in that set every time. For the next two shows, Rob began performing a drum solo again and the band conducted a sing-a-long during the bridge, as well as the verse and bridge from "A Place For My Head".

2011 had just as many variations as 2010, if not more. The band debuted new setlists for the A Thousand Suns North American Tour. Set A-1 and Set C-6 featured "Bleed It Out" as the closing song, and sets B-11, B-13, and C-5 all featured it as the closing song of the main set. The band continued to rotate the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head" and the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" over the extended bridge. For two shows, in Tampa, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, the band even did both instances of songs over the bridge of "Bleed It Out". They did this again in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sets that featured the full version of "Burning In The Skies" always featured "A Place For My Head" in the bridge of "Bleed It Out". Rob performed a drum solo during the bridge at the shows in Salt Lake City, Utah and Dallas, Texas.

The band brought out three more setlists on the following A Thousand Suns European Tour, where "Bleed It Out" closed the show in Set A and Set D, and was third-from-last behind "Faint" and "One Step Closer" in Set B. In Set C, it originally performed as the closing song, but eventually swapped placed with "One Step Closer" and closed the main set instead. The extended bridge of "Bleed It Out" still rotated the chorus of "Burning In The Skies" and the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head'. The Download Festival featured both songs in the bridge, Stockholm, Sweden, Leipzig, Germany, and Los Angeles, California featured drum solos in the bridge. The shows at Hessentag, Hamburg, Germany, and München, Germany featured one of the most massive "Bleed It Out" bridges to date: "Reading My Eyes" verse one, a drum solo, and the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head" all in one! On the final tour of the cycle, the A Thousand Suns Asian Tour, "Bleed It Out" retained its positions in the three setlists. In the new setlist, Set E, "Bleed It Out" closed the show. Every extended bridge of the tour featured the verse and bridge of "A Place For My Head". The first show of the tour in Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong and the shows in Nagoya, Japan, Osaka, Japan, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Singapore, Singapore featured a drum solo over the bridge. For two shows mid tour, in Chiba, Japan and Yokohama, Japan, the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out" feature the only performances of "No Roads Left" ever, with Mike singing the first verse and chorus before "A Place For My Head"'s verse and bridge.

Extensive changes in the bridge of "Bleed It Out" ended during the Living Things era, where the band consistently played what they had rehearsed. During a LPU chat in January 2012, Rob said he was forced into playing drum solos by his band mates. Sometimes it was fun but he wasn't sure if he would carry on doing them.[22] For the European Tour, "Bleed It Out" was third-to-last in the setlist in the festival setlist, and closed out the shows for the headlining setlist. In almost every performance of the song in 2012, the band performed a cover of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" during the bridge, to honor the passing of their rapper/bassist, MCA (Adam Yauch). In addition, the song was also performed with an extended outro. On the Honda Civic Tour, the band has three new setlists. "Bleed It Out" closed the shows in Set A, while it closed the main set in Set B and Set C. Near the end of the Honda Civic Tour, starting in Englewood, Colorado, guitarist Mike Einzinger from Incubus began to perform a guitar solo after the band performed "Sabotage", further extending the bridge. During the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, a shortened version of the song was featured in the second slot of the setlist for the first time ever. At the final show of 2012, at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, the band dropped the "Sabotage" bridge (after original listing it on the setlist). On the physical setlist, it listed "[to be retired]" after the "Sabotage" note of "Bleed It Out".

In 2013, "Bleed It Out" did not feature an extended bridge for the first time since 2007. It still featured an extended outro, however. The band carried over the setlists from the Honda Civic Tour throughout the rest of the Living Things World Tour. In the Festival versions of the setlist for the Living Things Australian & New Zealand Tour, it was performed second-to-last in Set A and performed third-to-last in Set B. The show in Melbourne, Victoria is the only show on the entire touring cycle to feature a drum solo during the extended bridge. At the final show of the leg, at the Soundwave Festival in Claremont, Joe sampled a part of the "Harlem Shake" over the extended bridge of the song. For the the final tour of the cycle, the Living Things Asian Tour, the band brought back the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out" on a consistent basis. To honor the band performing at the Sunset Strip again (as a result of their appearance at the Sunset Strip Music Festival), Mike began rapping verse one of "Reading My Eyes" over the extended bridge of "Bleed It Out". He continued to do this at every other show of the Asian leg of the tour.

In early 2014, "Bleed It Out" saw some unique activity. At the first show for the Harman Infinity One Launch, it closed the show with only its extended outro as an extension. The next show in Las Vegas, Nevada saw it close the main set, this time with an extended bridge that had a chorus sing-a-long. For the Concert For The Philippines, "Bleed It Out" featured a drum battle between Rob and Blink-182's Travis Barker over the extended bridge, as well as its classic extended intro and extended ending. On The Hunting Party World Tour for the year, the band performed a sing-a-long version of the refrain from "The Catalyst". Rob's drum solo also returned, on a now consistent basis. At the band's appearance on the Warped Tour, the band was joined by Machine Gun Kelly (and all of the other guests that joined the band that show) to perform the song - Machine Gun Kelly rapped a verse of his song "What I Do" over the bridge.

In 2015, the band continued performing a sing-a-long of "The Catalyst" during the ill-fated The Hunting Party North American Tour, that was cancelled after three shows due to Chester's leg injury.[23][24] While the band waited for his recovery, Mike took part in a jam session with Troy Resq, Austin Carlile, Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates and M. Shadows in April at Coachella Festival's ResqHouse. During the session, Mike rapped verses of "Bleed It Out".

When the band returned to touring in May, the bridge received some changes. The drum solo became less and less consistent, while the refrain sing-a-long of "The Catalyst" was replaced by a regular sing-a-long (seemingly by the mistake of Chester at the Rock In Rio USA show, but it ultimately replaced "The Catalyst"). At The Hunting Party European Tour's Berlin stop, Mike rapped "There They Go" over the intro of "Bleed it Out". At the final show of the touring cycle, at Relief Live, Page Hamilton from Helmet joined the band for the song.

"Bleed It Out" returned as the closing song on the 'One More Light World Tour. The song didn't feature any regular verse of a song throughout the tour, but did often feature a direct intro where Mike would start rapping at the same time as Brad started playing guitar. Chester would often lead the crowd in a sing-a-long during the bridge. As part of their takeover of Depeche Mode's Instagram page, Chester sang a cover of "Strangelove" by them during the extended bridge of the song at the One More Light Release Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike brought back the "Reading My Eyes" verse and performed it over the extended bridge at various stops on the tour. Machine Gun Kelly joined the band at their performance at the Impact Festival in Poland, performing a verse of his song "What I Do" over the bridge, as he did when he joined the band in 2014. "Bleed It Out" closed the Hollywood Bowl tribute show, with many guests from the night joining them onstage. Oli Sykes from Bring Me To Horizon and M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold manned most of the main vocals, Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold played guitar, and Graham Sierota from Echosmith played drums for the first half of the song. Jon Green also played keys during this performance. The song didn't end with a final chorus, but instead with an extended bridge that reprised "The Messenger," Frank Zummo from Sum 41 taking over on drums.

Mike included part of "Bleed It Out" in his Post Traumatic Tour set, mashing it up with "Good Goodbye." The mashup was performed over the "Good Goodbye" instrumental, Mike rapping the first verse of "Good Goodbye" before singing the chorus of "Bleed It Out" and rapping the second verse. There were times where Mike would sing the chorus of "Good Goodbye" instead of the "Bleed It Out" chorus. When Matt Harris joined the tour, he played the main riff of "Bleed It Out" over the instrumental.


Last Updated: August 25, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Intro riff repeated July 25, 2007 November 7, 2015
Intro Timbaland Intro September 9, 2007 September 9, 2007
Intro Ext. Intro Jam December 8, 2007 December 8, 2007
Intro Ext. Intro w/ Chorus January 25, 2008 January 29, 2008
Intro 2008 Drum Solo Intro July 16, 2008 August 23, 2008
Intro 2008 Drum Solo Intro w/ Brad Prank August 9, 2008 August 9, 2008
Intro w/ Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" August 16, 2008 August 16, 2008
Intro 2008 Drum Solo Intro + "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 August 21, 2008 August 21, 2008
Intro 2009 Drum Solo Intro July 19, 2009 August 22, 2009
Intro w/ "Papercut" Verse 1 August 16, 2009 August 16, 2009
Intro w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 November 2, 2010 August 21, 2014
Intro w/ "There They Go" Verse 1 September 3, 2015 September 3, 2015
Intro Direct Intro June 15, 2017 July 6, 2017
Bridge w/ Sing-a-long June 1, 2007 July 6, 2017
Bridge w/ Sing-a-long + Drum Solo August 1, 2007 June 29, 2008
Bridge Riff repeated September 7, 2007 July 26, 2009
Bridge w/ Sing-a-long + Happy Birthday + Drum Solo October 20, 2007 January 20, 2008
Bridge w/ Sing-a-long + Drum Solos (Rob + BRUIN) December 8, 2007 December 8, 2007
Bridge w/ Drum Solo February 12, 2008 June 5, 2008
Bridge w/ "There They Go" Verse 1 + Sing-a-long + Drum Solo March 8, 2008 March 8, 2008
Bridge w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 + Sing-a-long + Drum Solo June 20, 2008 June 20, 2008
Bridge w/ Street Drum Corps July 16, 2008 August 24, 2008
Bridge w/ "Burning In The Skies" Chorus October 9, 2010 June 11, 2011
Bridge w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 October 26, 2010 October 26, 2010
Bridge w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge October 29, 2010 May 4, 2012
Bridge w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge; + Drum Solo + Sing-a-long December 13, 2010 December 15, 2010
Bridge w/ "Burning In The Skies" Chorus + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge January 22, 2011 June 12, 2011
Bridge w/ "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge; + Drum Solo January 25, 2011 June 14, 2011
Bridge w/ Drum Solo + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge June 18, 2011 September 25, 2011
Bridge w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 + Drum Solo + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge June 19, 2011 June 25, 2011
Bridge w/ "No Roads Left" Verse 1 + Chorus; + "A Place For My Head" Verse 1 + Bridge September 11, 2011 September 13, 2011
Bridge w/ Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" May 18, 2012 November 10, 2012
Bridge w/ Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" + Guitar Solo (performed by Mike Einziger) August 30, 2012 September 8, 2012
Bridge w/ Baauer's "Harlem Shake" March 4, 2013 March 4, 2013
Bridge w/ Travis Barker + Rob Drum Solos January 11, 2014 January 11, 2014
Bridge w/ Drum Solo + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long May 24, 2014 November 23, 2014
Bridge w/ Machine Gun Kelly's "What I Do" (performed by Machine Gun Kelly) June 22, 2014 June 15, 2017
Bridge w/ Drum Solo Tease + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long w/ Faster Tempo August 6, 2014 August 6, 2014
Bridge w/ "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long August 15, 2014 January 18, 2015
Bridge w/ Drum Solo + Fugazi's "Waiting Room" + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long November 12, 2014 November 12, 2014
Bridge w/ Drum Solo + Guitar Solo + "The Catalyst" Sing-a-long November 24, 2014 November 24, 2014
Bridge w/ Guitar Solo (performed by Page Hamilton) November 14, 2015 November 14, 2015
Bridge w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 + Sing-a-long June 17, 2017 June 17, 2017
Bridge w/ "Reading My Eyes" Verse 1 June 27, 2017 July 4, 2017
Bridge w/ "The Messenger" October 27, 2017 October 27, 2017
Outro Slow -> Fast Outro July 25, 2007 June 7, 2008
Outro Ext. Ending February 12, 2008 July 6, 2017
Outro Ext. Fast Ending July 21, 2009 August 22, 2009
Outro Ext. Outro October 11, 2010 January 11, 2014
Alternative Shortened (Until Bridge) September 22, 2012 September 22, 2012
Alternative Shortened (No Ending) October 27, 2017 October 27, 2017

Mike Shinoda

Last Updated: April 28, 2020

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative w/ "Good Goodbye" Chorus" June 20, 2018 August 31, 2019
Mashup "Good Goodbye" / "Bleed It Out" May 12, 2018 September 8, 2019
  • NOTE: All extensions from Mike Shinoda sets are to the "Good Goodbye" / "Bleed It Out" mashup, not the individual song itself.

Live Guests

Last Updated: August 25, 2018

  • Amir Derakh (Julien-K & Dead By Sunrise)
  • Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
  • David Schmitt (Breathe Carolina)
  • Deryck Whibley (Sum 41)
  • DJ Z-Trip
  • Frank Zummo (Sum 41)
  • Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
  • Graham Sierota (Echosmith)
  • Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember)
  • Jeremy DePoyster (The Devil Wears Prada)
  • Jon Green (The Bonfires)
  • M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Michael Bohn (Issues)
  • Mike Einziger (Incubus)
  • Mike Hrancia (The Devil Wears Prada)
  • Nate Barcalow (Finch)
  • Noah Sierota (Echosmith)
  • Oliver Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon)
  • Page Hamilton (Helmet)
  • Ryan Key (Yellowcard)
  • Ryan Shuck (Julien-K & Dead By Sunrise)
  • Steve Aoki (Helmet)
  • Steven McKellar (Civil Twilight)
  • Street Drum Corps
  • Sydney Sierota (Echosmith)
  • Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Takahiro Moriuchi (ONE OK ROCK)
  • Timbaland
  • Tim McIlrath (Rise Against/The Killing Tree)
  • Travis Barker (Blink-182)
  • Tyler Carter (Issues)
  • UCLA BRUIN Marching Band
  • Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)


Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Status
2007 Planeta Awards Rock Song of the Year Nominated
2007 Planeta Awards Best Male Vocal Interpretation (Chester Bennington / Mike Shinoda) Won
2008 MTV Video Music Awards Best Special Effects Nominated
2008 MuchMusic Video Awards Best International Group Video Won


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

Track 1

  • Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
  • Mixed by Neal Avron
  • Mastered by Dave Collins
  • Worldwide Representation: Rob McDermott for Mad Mac Entertainment
  • Management Team: Ryan DeMarti and Trish Evangelista
  • From The Warner Bros. / Machine Shop Recordings Album Minutes To Midnight
  • Design & Additional Photography: Frank Maddocks
  • Cover Photograph: James Minchin III

Track 2

  • Remixed by Mike Shinoda
  • Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner

Track 3

  • Recorded by Ken "Pooch" Van Druten and Dylan Ely
  • Mixed by Ethan Mates
  • Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner



In Other Media

  • "Bleed It Out" is featured in the 2010 videogame Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.
  • "Bleed It Out" was released in 2015 as part of a DLC for the 2013 videogame Rocksmith 2014.

Cover Versions

"Bleed It Out" have been played live in 2011 by Punch,[25] a cover band fronted by Jeff Gutt. What's interesting about this cover in particular is that, for many years, many Dry Cell (Gutt's former band) songs have been mistaken for Linkin Park songs, the most prominent being an early version of "Body Crumbles".

External Links


  1. 'Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock' Track List Completed - MTV, August 18, 2010
  2. Linkin Park Offering Free College Concert In Latest Contest -, March 17, 2008
  3. Linkin Park Fans: A Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of | Reverb News, April 02, 2018
  4. Rolling Stone, November 2006
  5. MTV, May 2007
  6. Get More Into Music With Linkin Park (Full Interview) - YouTube, August 19, 2012
  7. ~ Первый о Linkin Park ~, April 22, 2007
  8. Kerrang!, April 2007
  9. The Linkin Park Times - Interviews & Articles, April 4, 2007
  10. Getting weird, Take 3 lol - YouTube, April 30, 2020
  11. Mike Q&A Summary 4/30/2020 - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, May 05, 2020
  12. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out (Live Earth Japan 2007) HD - YouTube
  13. Making of Linkin Park - BLEED IT OUT Part 1 - YouTube
  14. LP Association: Bleed It Out Video Shoot, My Friend Joe Hahn, July 23, 2007
  15. AlexPardee: Bleed It Out, Tinkle Tinkle, July 18, 2007
  16. Making of Linkin Park Bleed it Out - Part 2 - YouTube
  17. "Bleed It Out" Video Premieres Tomorrow | LP Association Forums, July 30, 2007
  18. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out (2007) | IMVDb
  19. The Linkin Park Times - Interviews & Articles, October 16, 2007
  20. The Linkin Park Times - Interviews & Articles, January 09, 2008
  21. Britney Spears Kicks Off Show, But VMA Night Belongs To Rihanna And Justin Timberlake - MTV, September 09, 2007
  22. Rob LPU Chat Summary | LP Association Forums, January 31, 2012
  23. PITTSBURGH AND ALBANY DATES : Linkin Park, January 19, 2015
  24. The Hunting Party Tour - Cancelled : Linkin Park, January 20, 2015
  25. Jeff Gutt Bleed it Out (Punch 2011).Mpg - YouTube, February 20, 2011