List Of Unreleased Songs
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.
As of 2021, Mike Shinoda says Linkin Park have "six or seven digits" of demos. "In general, just as a general idea, I probably make something like, if I averaged it out, I have like maybe six or seven digits of demos – just stuff. And the vast majority of it is garbage, but it’s a lot of stuff. Yeah, it’s always been a thing. The idea of having that much material is always like you’ve got these assets that you can do something with and as an artist, the reason that stuff is not out is that it didn’t pass a certain threshold of quality. There’s a way to take something that didn’t hit the mark at a certain point in which it was made and revisit it through a newer land and make something good out of it. Personally, I am open to that idea, but it’s certainly not on top of my to-do list."
"Deftest" was an early Xero demo written by Mike Shinoda and Mark Wakefield around the same time as "Dialate", before the band was formed. It was first mentioned by Mike on Twitch on October 15, 2020. He was questioned about it on October 20, to which he said, "LPLive is now trying to get locked on to Deftest as the new Pictureboard. Pictureboard is a pay off. Other demos, not so much. If you were to hear that, you would not be... I strongly suggest you don't start putting your attention on Deftest. That is not a thing to do. Pictureboard, you hear it, "Wow that's cool, I'm so glad we were so focused on that song." No I never said Pictureboard was a bad song. It has Chester on it. Deftest, Mark and I did like a four track cassette version of it and it sounds like shit. You guys don't want that, trust me. It's D-E-F-T-E-S-T by the way, not D-E-A-F, because Mark was a big fan of the Deftones. And we were just testing out ideas. So you can tell just right away, from the name itself, that it is not a grail. This is not an incredible fucking thing. Trust me on this."
Dreamer & Weight
Jeff Blue's One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book released on December 8, 2020 features a picture of a Xero DAT tape with the following tracklist: "Rhinestone", "Dreamer" and "Weight". The last two songs were previously unheard of and remain unreleased.
NBA Inside Stuff - BG Cues
A BMI entry named "NBA INSIDE STUFF-BG CUES (Legal Title)" was discussed a few times on LPAssociation and LPLive 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.
"Pointillism" was in the last known Xero demo recorded with Mark Wakefield, dating from November 17, 1998. Jeff Blue describes it in his One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book: "Next was "p o i n t i l l i s m", which was something Mike was creating for a soundtrack. His description was that he felt very alone while writing the song during the transitional period when he started concentrating on music. He'd just gotten a new job and was spread so thin that he didn't have time to hang out with his friends. He wrote that he needed to work hard, or sacrifice, in order to succeed. He had crossed out that last sentence in his notes. I wanted to know what he was thinking. What I did know, was that Mike was intense, driven, and focused."
Turn To Grey
"Turn To Grey" was in the very first demo recorded with Chester Bennington in early May 1999, soon after the band changed their name to Hybrid Theory. Jeff Blue describes it in his One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book: "I really like this initial guitar line. Cool rap and guitar interplay. I do love Chester's sweet and light singing, and this delayed vocal stuff at the end is cool, but the song as a whole? I can't remember anything in this song to sing back." Kyle Christner plays bass on the song.
An LPU 12 video exclusive titled "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 with Don Gilmore, 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". According to Jeff Blue, that song is "Ashes".
"Ashes" was in the very first demo recorded with Chester Bennington in early May 1999, soon after the band changed their name to Hybrid Theory. The was listed as being unfinished and contains studio banter. Jeff Blue describes it in his One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book: "I love the personality that comes out in this. It sounds like you're having fun. When Brad says, 'Mike perfect tempo, give me any number and I can rap to it, ready? One hundred! Go!' — that makes me feel like I'm sharing a special moment with you guys. I love the Spanish guitar, and Mike, your lyrics are really cool. You're telling a story, which is nice. I like Chester's cinematic lyrics and how they interplay with the Spanish guitar." He finishes saying the song as a whole is underwhelming. Kyle Christner plays bass on the song.
"Flower" was part of a demo recorded with Chester towards the end of May 1999 that included "Part Of Me" and "Untitled (It Doesn't Matter)". All three songs were new at the time. Jeff Blue describes it in his One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book: "Then there was a song called "Flower" that I would later find on "She Couldn't", which, despite being an intelligent and beautiful song with nods to Depeche Mode, didn't feel like it was strong enough for the album."
Beat 23 & Beat 4
On the product description for Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition), Amazon UK had a tracklist for The Sequel To The DVD With The Worst Name We've Ever Come Up With under "Disc 14", starting after the last song of the Projekt Revolution 2002 show. It listed all the songs used in the documentary and included 3 unnamed instrumentals listed simply as "Beat 23 (Joe Hahn)", "Beat 10 (Mike Shinoda)" and "Beat 4 (Mike Shinoda)". Since the other music in the documentary is from the Hybrid Theory era, it's likely these instrumentals originated in that period as well.
"Beat 10 (Mike Shinoda)" is a longer version of "Grr", but the other two are unreleased beats and their real titles are unknown.
"Beat 4 (Mike Shinoda)" was previously used in the LPTV episode "The Studio 2" from 2003. The beat samples "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey and an unidentified Lionel Richie song.
My December (DJ Crook Remix)
This has been one of the most requested songs for the band to release after "Pictureboard".
Along with DJ Crook's, there are unreleased Reanimation remixes by Tricky, Prince Paul 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. 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.
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"
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."
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". However, in interviews with MTV in 2003, both Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda 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".
In December 2003, Mike said, "People have been asking if we are going to do a remix album the way we did [2002's] 'Reanimation. Are we possibly going to do a DVD? I don't know yet. I know that we're not going to do another full-length remix album for sure because it was just too much work on me, to be honest. It is crazy to do that and all of these other things that we are hoping to do. But we will probably be able to throw together some remixes [in some other form]. At this point, we are just throwing around ideas." It is possible the band had already been approached to do Collision Course by the time of that interview.
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."
In 2020, Mike was questioned about them during a live stream. He said, "I don't know if that's true. I don't remember them. If we did. But you know, if they're around somewhere maybe they end up coming out. Since you've said that I'll keep an eye out for any meteora remixes when I'm, you know, in the hard drives looking for stuff."
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 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 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."
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" was a demo created early in the Minutes To Midnight sessions and was abandoned in favor of "Qwerty". 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. In the documentary, Phoenix said, "This song's working title is Grecian. I just started playing guitar to that click, to that rhythm, and eventually I started building a beat around it. Eventually add maybe like some crash, that kind of stuff. Now if you take that, and you give to Brad and Mike, I'll show you what happens. Throw some Chester on it."
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."
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.
The band's original manager, Rob McDermott spoke about the song in 2022, "I never heard that one….and I would have. I told the band it had been so long since they played that they needed to play a new song in Japan. QWERTY was a demo that was so heavy the band thought it would be fun to play live at the Summersonic Festival in Japan so they practiced it and wrote lyrics that they finished on the plane flight over to Japan. The Summersonic video you see on youtube may have been the second or third time they ever played the entire song with lyrics" After reading Rob Bourdon's quote about Grecian, he added, "They would know better than me!!!! And Im assuming since this was 15 years ago but since that song isnt on the MTM demos or album protools sessions copies I have, Im guessing that song never made it past the jam in rehearsal phase."
Fire In The City
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."
This was the only time the song was ever mentioned and it remains unreleased.
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.
The demo "Monday Meeting" was named after this process and its title can be seen on a song board during the Meeting Of A Thousand Suns documentary. Samples of the song were released under the name "Monday" on December 10, 2012 as part of the DAW software Stagelight: Linkin Park Edition.
"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."
"Chicken Basket" was a song recorded during the A Thousand Suns sessions that didn't make the album. It 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.”"
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.
"LeftRight" was a song recorded during the A Thousand Suns sessions that didn't make the album. Chester is seeing recording vocals for the song on the Meeting Of A Thousand Suns documentary, screaming "Left to right, what are you worth, show me what you got!!!! yeah yeah yeah yeah". A rough approximation of the original seed for the song was released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.
When the game came out on April 26, 2010, those 4 songs weren't part of its soundtrack and their full 8-bit versions remain unreleased.
The Prodigy Remix
Before inviting The Prodigy to Linkin Park's North American Tour 2011, Mike Shinoda asked Liam Howlett to remix a Linkin Park song. "Basically the whole thing came about because Mike asked me to do a remix for their new record. I have never thought about LP before to be honest. In America they are kind of like fans, they are kind of... what they are about, their American fans, there might have been a crossover. Some of their fans might be into our band and some of our fans might be a fan of their band. But we ran out of time to do the remix. But we went to America to play as a support band for them. We had very little lights etc but it was frightening but we can still be powerful, we can get the message across with a lot of production."
Until It Breaks Demo, No. 4
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."
In My Remains Remix
During a Q&A about Recharged on Facebook, Mike Shinoda confirmed the band received a remix of "In My Remains" for the album but didn't like it enough to release. He wrote, "GREAT QUESTION. We actually didn't get a great remix of the song. We liked all these remixes a lot more...maybe that means we got it right on the original of IN MY REMAINS? HA"
Burn It Down Mike Shinoda Remix
On April 21, 2012, Mike Shinoda tweeted "Should I do a remix for BURN IT DOWN? What style?". 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". The remix was never released.
Burn It Down Scoop DeVille Remix with Tech N9ne
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!" 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"
"The Glistening" is a demo created during The Hunting Party sessions. Samples of the song were released on November 27, 2014 as part of Stagelight's "Linkin Park Bundle II" under the name "Glisten".
An Ableton Live project for the song was leaked in June 2019, but the samples used in it weren't included in the folder, making it useless.
I Hate The World Right Now
The couple of years preceding the release of One More Light were hard for Chester Bennington. He went through depression and alcoholic problems, one of his close friends died and his stepfather had cancer. He suffered a three-day relapse in August 2016, during which he blacked out from alcohol, and had been drinking as recently as October of that year, taking part in an outpatient treatment program and fighting an hour-by-hour battle with addiction. He told a therapist he didn't want to be a human anymore and even wrote a song in his phone called "I Hate The World Right Now" and that was the whole chorus. Some of the lyrics were "I wanna punch a hole through the ceiling." 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."
Looking For An Answer
"Looking For An Answer" was a song written by Mike Shinoda following Chester Bennington's death and performed live during Linkin Park's show at the Hollywood Bowl in his honor.
Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Remixes
On January 8, 2021, Linkin Park released a remix of their debut single "One Step Closer" by Dylan Brady and Laura Les of hyper pop duo 100 Gecs. It was titled "One Step Closer (100 Gecs Reanimation)". Mike Shinoda said “Part of the spirit of Reanimation was to take the Hybrid Theory songs that people knew so well, and let innovative artists flip them in ways nobody expected… I think 100 gecs did exactly that.” The press release for the track noted this was only the first of a series of new remixes to come.
On his Twitch stream on February 18th, Mike further elaborated on the project, "We just did it, it wasn't like a big campaign or whatever. It was funny. I talked to a guy at Warner who said, 'You just celebrated Hybrid Theory, do you want to do some remixes like Reanimation style?' And I was like, 'Well if we do it, the vibe has to be really the right vibe. I don't want to just do some big pop remixes or whatever.' Something like that has been about real artistic inspiration and in particular with artists who make crazy decisions and have a crazy style. So 100 gecs was on my short list right away. Both of them are so sick, Dylan is one of the few producers that I listen to that I'm like, 'I don't know how he did that or how he made that sound.'"
Talking to The Needle Drop on February 19th, Mike confirmed that more remixes were on the way to continue the celebration of HybridTheory20. Along with 100 Gecs, Mike mentioned that he'd been having conversations about Umru, Kero Kero Bonito and Blood Orange. He added that some of the remixes worked out while others didn't, so they would have to see what Linkin Park ended up releasing.
In an interview with Kevan Kenney from Radio.com on February 25th, Mike said he was like a "creative director" of the remix project. He explained the label pitched the idea but he wasn't big on the project until artists like 100 gecs started getting tossed around. "We are not treading familiar territory at all by doing a 100 gecs remix." As for the progression on the project, "We have a few things. It's not fully formed yet, but there is some other stuff coming together." He also talked about his vision for a "Crawling" remix: "In terms of the energy of the song, we'll try to go small. Delicate and introverted. I imagine it with a female singer. We've never really done that, so we'll see what happens."
Progressive rock band Polyphia contributed to the project with a remix of "With You". Guitarist Tim Henson talked about the track during an episode of Amoeba Records' What's In My Bag? series and revealed hip-hop inspired boy band Brockhampton as another contributor. He said, "I can say this because this is out. This is the 20th anniversary [edition I'm holding]. So last year they had contacted us to remix one of the songs on here and we remixed 'With You.' It's a fucking crazy remix, it's an insane remix and it was supposed to be us, 100 gecs, Brockhampton, and a bunch of people. It was for the 20th anniversary and then they just canned the idea after we had turned in a fully mixed and mastered, incredible song." Dom McLennon of Brockhampton once told Mike Shinoda that Hybrid Theory is one of his favourite albums ever. Mike recalled, "He said something that reminded me of what so many other artists have told me. Before ‘Hybrid Theory’, they were only listening to one style of music. It’s the album that exposed them to the other side. Now when I listen to new music and hear that seamless integration of so many different styles, I’m really proud to have played a part in bridging those gaps and blending those things."
Other Known Titles
This is a list of known songs and demos without enough available information to earn its own section.
Minutes To Midnight
- Armada (Send To Rob)
- Arpeggio Idea-Mike
- Brad Idea
- Brad Interlude
- Candy (Short)
- Chunky Munky
- Clever Name (New Chaz)
- Electric Uvula
- Episodes (LP)
- Get What I Deserve
- Howitzer PX
- Metal Detector
- Midnight M-1.4
- Resident Turdface B1
- 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
- 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
- Chicken Basket
- Fucking Awesome
- Left Right
- Monday Meeting
- Please Don't Eat My Cow
- Song Idea N# 62
- What You Have
- Bitty Loop
- Bowser Meat
- Cookie Monster
- Dance Rock
- Digi Folk
- Fois Gras
- Gamma Ray
- Gnarly Tribal
- Hamburger Hill
- Jackboot Stone
- Jungle Gym
- Killing Fields
- Laser Shorts
- Lil Swing
- Recharge Theme 1
- Ride Or Die
- Spirals [worked on in 2014]
- Swingy One
- Tick Tock
- Victory March
- Vinyl Kit
- Water Taxi
One More Light
- All Our Days
- Can We Go Back
- Can We Go Back II/The Future
- Conn-District 108
- El Chopo
- Fire Escape
- Hands Itch
- Hands & Knees
- Keep Saying I'm Sorry
- Locked Outside
- Lost My Moment
- Out Of Reach
- Painted Me Wrong
- Rival I Can't Outrun
- Staring Back
- This Sin Is My Home
- Till The Walls Come Down
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
- Cup Bendy
- Grey Sky
- Paper Shark
- Linkin Park Bundle II
In an interview to LPLive / SOBCentral, Chris Barnett (aka Emcee 007) revealed he used to write and record in Mike Shinoda's bedroom in the 90's:
"I grew up in NY during the 80s and early 90s. So hip-hop was all around me. When I was young, b-boying was a thing and as I grew into a teenager, freestyling in lunchrooms and at house parties was the norm. Everything during that time was hip-hop – and I was a participant from the beginning. I moved to LA in '93 and met Mike while in high school. We became friends through our mutual appreciation of hip-hop. He was making beats with a small sampler, and we recorded ourselves [on] a used 4-track that he bought. His house was our headquarters. I'd spend all of my free time over there writing and recording. He'd be making beats, writing, recording, etc."
Among the tracks they did together was the original demo for "Marco Polo" by Styles Of Beyond. The Xero song "Fiends" features his vocals. He added, "At the time, we had no way to release music. Everything that we recorded was for demo tapes. I'm sure there were some other songs with RYU and Mike, but I couldn't tell you which ones. It was such a long time ago. We'd write and record songs daily/weekly. So jumping on each other's tracks was a common thing. Funny enough, I don't even remember "Fiends.""
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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").
According to theprp.com, the album was planned to be released later in 2001, but the song name was never unveiled and the album by the Dust Brothers never came out. Mike Shinoda explained what happened to the track during a live stream on Twitch in 2020. "We didn't really... we started something and then we sent it to them. And then they got really nasty about it, to be honest, back in the day. And then they were not cool about it. So we had a bit of a falling out. But they did work on "With You" and that was cool. They did a great job on that."
An interesting note is that the producer duo also remixed the Styles Of Beyond song "Winnetka Exit" for the "Spies Like Us" promo CD.
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"
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. On his song "Resilient" from the Next In Line album on his James Kelly box set, LMNO references this with the line "Yeah, I missed out being on Linkin Park's first album". He confirmed he had collaborated with Mike Shinoda when the band was called Hybrid Theory. In an interview to LPLive in 2021, LMNO said the collaboration happened when he returned from Canada. Mike did both production and vocals on the track. "The song Mike & I recorded was at his old apartment together, before they super blew up, which when Mike picked me up from the train station we stopped to eat at Baja Fresh before working & he told me they were going to be mega successful, a bold & real prediction! I have a ton of respect for him for that!" Questioned if the song was ever released, he said, "I released it on a mixtape format not an official album release, I will like to eventually release it properly, the song is dope." He suggested the mixtape was You Didn't Now You Do: The mixCD, released in 2005 to promote his P's & Q's album, but none of the songs in the tracklist was produced by or features Mike Shinoda.
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."
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.
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." Chali 2na confirmed the collaboration in an interview with MVRemix saying Mike did production work on the album.
Head Like A Hole
Korn recorded a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Head Like A Hole" for their unreleased Korn Kovers album. The track featured vocals by Chester Bennington.
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"
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.
It's not a secret that Mike Shinoda is a big fan of U2. 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."
The U2 remix was never released and it is unknown if Mike did actually work with Sting.
When asked which song he remixed, Mike answered, "I got stems for... I don't even remember, you guys. I don't remember. I got stems for one of the U2 songs off of like, it was before that album where they put their songs on everybody's iPhones. What album was that called? I don't even know. But they sent stems, I think I made a thing and I sent it, it was like ok and it didn't go anywhere."
According to an article published by Chart Attack on December 23, 2005, Mike Shinoda was set to be on Lady Sovereign's debut album, Public Warning. They wrote, "When Lady Sovereign's full-length album is released next spring, she probably still won't be able to believe that big-shots like Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park will be on it." The album came out on October 31, 2006 with none of the aforementioned artists being featured on it. It's unknown if the collaboration actually took place.
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."
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 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. 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...'"
To this day the song remixed by Linkin Park remains unknown and the entire project was shelved. When asked which song he remixed, Mike Shinoda said, "it might have been "Use Somebody", maybe, I'm not sure."
While working on his debut solo album in 2009, Slash collaborated with Chester Bennington on a demo version of what later became "Doctor Alibi" with Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.
Black Rock Shooter (Re-Mix by Joe Hahn)
The song "Black★Rock Shooter" is a composition of ryo inspired by works of art by huke, who are both members of the band Supercell. It is performed by Vocaloid Hatsune Miku and made its debut in Nico Nico Douga. The song was later used as the opening theme song of the anime series based on the Black★Rock Shooter concept.
A retail version of the full 50-minute version of the Black Rock Shooter OVA was released on December 17, 2010 through Black Rock Shooter Project. The release features a 30-second stop-motion test short as well as its "making-of" as a bonus. The stop-motion video was made in Hollywood and featured a remix of "Black Rock Shooter" by Joe Hahn.
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."
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.
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.""
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."
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." 
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.
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. 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".
The demos written by Avicii and Mike Shinoda remain unreleased.
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."
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."
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."
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.
DJ Fresh has released many other singles since then, but no studio album.
Kevin Thomas Parker
Kevin Thomas Parker, known professionally as Mr. Bionic, is a music producer and audio engineer from Florida specialized on hip-hop/ rap, R&B, pop and electronica. On October 28, 2013, he posted on Facebook, "Sitting here working on the track I produced for Mike Shinoda & Ryan Patrick Maginn (Ryu) of Linkin Park & Fort Minor . Hope to send it off later this evening ." The track was never released.
Walking Dead Remix
During a live feed from the studio on March 7, 2016, Conner Youngblood could be seen working with the band, playing a theremin. The song was meant for One More Light but it didn't make the album.
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. He was also on the line-up for the Relief Live! event, where Linkin Park also performed. His music had caught Mike Shinoda's attention as early as 2011.
When asked in October 2020 about the collaboration and if it made the album in any form, Mike said, "No. First of all, Connor didn't participate on the album. However, I think he's great. I think he's such a talented guy. IF you haven't checked out Conner's music, please do. We played around with one track. I think we played around with more than one idea, but they weren't things for an album, they were, for lack of a better word, artistic statements. They weren't something that could fit on One More Light which was a little more of a pop-leaning album. So, they weren't as exciting or catchy as what the guys were looking for. But I thought they were awesome, they were fun. I think he is awesome."
In March 2016, two titles were added to Linkin Park's song catalog at BMI, "Ricochet" and "What Are You Worth". Both credited Californian producer Brian Howes as their sole composer and songwriter. The latter started circulating among fans in early 2019 and was leaked online on May 5th while "Ricochet" remains unreleased.
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."
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, but when questioned about the collaboration, Roddick said it "does not exist".
A live feed from the studio was done on February 24, 2016 showing Mike and Brad working with English producer Justin Parker. On April 28, Joe Hahn posted on his Instagram account a picture of Jon Green with a songboard behind him. The picture was immediately removed from his account and The Bonfires later uploaded a blurred version of the picture to their account. Among the titles on the board was "Lost My Horizon", a title that matches the lyrics being written with Justin Parker in the live feed. Above the title was the note "JP". The song was added to BMI in November 2019 under the title "My Horizon".
"Friendly Fire" was a song that was written for One More Light by Mike, Brad, and Jon Green. The title was first seen on a song board in a picture Joe Hahn posted on September 6, 2016 alongside songs that made the album. In a stream on June 17, 2020, Mike confirmed the song was completely finished and had vocals from Chester on it. "There was a song, a One More Light song, that we mixed. We mixed more than the finished album and we mixed a couple other songs just to see if one of them would make the cut or if we would use it for a b-side. And it was Friendly Fire. A Jon Green co-write. I wrote that with Jon, I think it was me, Jon, and Brad mostly. I still love that song." He went on to say that the song wouldn't be coming out soon, but would likely be released.
When asked a few days later about more unreleased One More Light songs, Mike said, "Every album we've got so many songs that we make and you know, they're not... some of them are just in really like, half cooked, half baked conditions. So I mean, I think fans tend to be very overly optimistic about those types of things. In their imagination, there's some gem that's the best Linkin Park song that's sitting on a hard drive somewhere. I promise you that's not the case. The best stuff is always the stuff we put on the record. There are some songs where we were like, "oh this is really good", but it's not better than the record. Some of it is like, a verse and chorus copied twice and that's the second verse as well... it's like half done, it's not done."
The title "Tidal Wave" was seen on a songboard along with two other songs written with Jon Green, "Nobody Can Save Me" and "Battle Symphony", during a teaser video for the latter. All three titles featured the note "JG" on top of them.
On May 7, 2019, Kiiara tweeted "we gotta finish that song Mike Shinoda" in response to a fan asking for another collaboration between the duo, indicating they might have recorded a second song together (the first one being "Heavy").
Willing To Try
Greg Delson is a songwriter/musician on the Flight Of Voices collective. He is Brad Delson's brother and had previously worked as a project manager at BandMerch, providing merchandise for Linkin Park.
His debut single, "Sleeping Dragon" was released on September 28, 2017 but no more updates ever came from the project.
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". According to Mike, that day was the last time he saw Chester. "He wanted me to meet this kid, Watsky. He loved Watsky, and he had mentioned him enough times that I was like, ‘Well, let’s meet him.’ We went over to the studio that we had been working at, and Watsky came down and said hi, and we met him and one of his friends. And then they took off and Chester and I just kind of hung out there for a couple hours, just doodling around on some music. We were basically playing around with some mediocre music and talking about the shows coming up with Blink-182 that we were going to do. It was nothing remarkable, really."
On Watsky's 2016 album x Infinity there is a 4-piece musical movement called "Lovely Thing Suite". The first part details a series of conversations he had with his father about death. The second and fourth were based on the life and work of Arthur Rubinstein, a Polish American classical pianist regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. After a failed attempt to hang himself, Rubinstein found himself endowed with an unconditional love of life. Watsky said, "His life story is a poignant reminder of the often broken relationship between talent and happiness." The third part, "Roses", potrays death with words from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while Watsky himself questions his own motivations for his art. All four tracks had animated music videos created by Carlos Lopez Estrada & Diego Huacuja telling a continuous story ment to be watched as one piece. The video for "Roses" was released on September 01, 2017 and the video was dedicated to Chester Bennington. Watsky said, "This video is dedicated to Chester Bennington But despite the imagery, this video wasn't conceived as homage to him — the animation was being developed well before he passeed away. The demons that he was wrestling were powerful, but I think live, for some degree, in all of us. We all go through despair, self-doubt, wondering whether our efforts are worth it. I certainly have. At the very least, there's togetherness in that. If you're wrestling with those questions, and trying to figure out whether you want to be here, this song suite is for you. I hope you decide to stay."
In 2017, Mike Shinoda was a keynote speaker at the Midem (acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) annual music industry trade fair which took place from June 6 to 9 around the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. There, Mike was joined by Mark Hoppus of blink-182 to write a song from scratch live on stage. They kept working on the song after the event and planned on finishing it after their 2017 North American Tour. Mark Hoppus said, "Actually the song that I wrote with Mike Shinoda at the music festival Midem in Cannes turned into a really great song with Mike. I took it back to his hotel and worked on it, I took it back to my hotel and worked on it. And actually Chester got on it and wrote some of the most amazing lyrics and best melodies I've ever heard in it. It's just an amazing, amazing song. And we were planning on finishing it after the tour and sadly Chester passed away before we got a chance to finish it. And it's honestly just a beautiful song."
On September 5, 2018, Mike Shinoda met with German DJ Felix Jaehn in Stockholm, Sweden. In an interview to 1LIVE on November 5, Jaehn revealed he was working on new music and Shinoda was among his collaborators.
One Ok Rock
A February 2019 article from Upset Magazine about One Ok Rock's Eye Of The Storm album stated "the band met Mike Shinoda in the studio while recording their last album, 2017’s ‘Ambitions’, which led to him having a hand in producing their new material." However, Mike isn't credited on the album. When questioned about it, he said, "No, I was not involved. Wait, what was the name of the album with One Way Ticket? "Ambitions", so no. I wrote a little something and it wasn't really like, it wasn't the jam. We wrote some stuff but we could do better is the thing, that's the point. We could do better."
On January 16, 2019, Sir Sly revealed they had written songs with Mike Shinoda for their third studio album.
Jason Aalon Butler
Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333 is a big Linkin Park fan. He went to their Download 2011 show and while showing his recording of "Breaking The Habit" to his fans on Twitch on April 13, 2020, he said, "So, I've recently met Mike Shinoda and, like, we've been enabled to do some like cool little shit together and he's so sweet to me and he's very helpful artistically and all these things." On February 24, 2022, Mike was seen in the studio with Jason once again when American Teeth producer Colin Brittain posted a video showing them listening to a clip sung by Ariel-Fae, who joined Fever 333 on stage in October 2020 for their live stream concerts. The caption on the video read "west coast gangster rock." They were back in the studio on April 16.
On September 2, 2021, K.Flay posted on her Instagram stories a video of herself in Mike Shinoda's studio working on a new track with producer and songwriter Tommy English, with whom she previously worked on her studio album Every Where Is Some Where.
K.Flay originally met Linkin Park during the One More Light sessions when she worked with Brad and Mike on a demo that later became the chorus for "Make It Up As I Go" on Mike's 2018 solo album Post Traumatic.
During his Twitch stream on June 14, 2022, Mike Shinoda revealed he had been working with Pvris. He said, "I feel like I can tell you who I've a session with today. I feel like this song is gonna probably, we talked about it coming out. I have a session with Pvris today. An artist named Lynn Gunn. The band named Pvris, not the Harris. Yeah, we've been working on some couple things. We got a song that's pretty dope, I think. I like it. Working on that today."
He further commented on the collaboration during an interview with KROQ in February 2023. "The thing that I have been the most involved in, I've been producing stuff for other people, writing, producing for other people. And so, I have some songs coming out, we just put out a song by Justus Bennets, which I love, I have something in the way with PVRIS... P-V-R Paris, yeah, not the blonde one, but the brunette one. Her name is Lynn, she's awesome. And then, most importantly, I think this is a world premiere, I think I haven't really talked about this, so this is cool, this is kind of cool. I have two songs in the new Scream movie. Truth be told, if you would have asked me when I wanted to put them out it wouldn't have been right next to Meteora, but that's when the movie comes out. So, that's gonna be a huge month for Linkin Park fans, like that's a brand new song, yeah, it's my track. Kailee Morgue is singing on the track, she's incredible. The reason I chose her is because she's like a massive Scream fan and she's got a good voice too, so I was like, 'She's a perfect fit for this thing.' So yeah, I feel like that's the start of our year, we'll see what happens after that, but there's a lot in store for Linkin Park fans."
The Endless Highway
How Would You Be
On Grey Daze's promo material from mid-1994 there was a song called "Beyond Warm", 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
Everybody's Falling To Pieces
...No Sun Today Re-mix
When Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson were in high school, they started a band called Relative Degree with Mark Wakefield and the bass player from a band called Karma, named Dave Garrett. The band wrote 12 songs and rehearsed for a year. 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."
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."
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".
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 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, so it's likely that "Watch Their Mouth" isn't the only unreleased Fort Minor song. A few of those demos and outtakes have been released through Fort Minor Militia.
Cheapshot from Styles of Beyond revealed, "Styles of Beyond actually recorded 14 songs with Mike during the recording process of "The Rising Tied." After picking and choosing the final songs, Styles of Beyond will appear on 6 songs on the album." While six songs made the album, six with Styles Of Beyond are on We Major, one was released to the Fort Minor Militia, "Do What We Did", and one remains unreleased, "Watch Their Mouth".
Welcome Remix with Ryu
As soon as the single came out, Ryu posted on Twitter, "I coulda swore I did a verse on the welcome song. Hmm." 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, Mike left his verse out of the song without any explanation, 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."
Mike said on Twitter, "@TherealRyu is a stand-up dude. We had a misunderstanding and squashed it, all is good."
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."
The "Welcome" remix was never released.
On his June 18, 2020 Twitch stream, Mike made a song with Fort Minor sounds. When he opened his "Fort Minor sounds" folder, he showed samples from a song called "Most Kings." According to Mike, "Most Kings was a beat that didn't turn into a song; that song didn't go anywhere."
On his June 18, 2020 Twitch stream, Mike made a song with Fort Minor sounds. He cycled through a list of other unknown titles that included "Diamonds", "Episodes", "Player", "Organized", "Traffic", "Zion", and "YO."
It is likely that most of these demos were very rough and not full-fledged tracks.
"YO" ended up going on to become a track in the Minutes To Midnight album sessions and was released on the LP Underground Eleven CD. "Episodes" was also reworked for the album and the title "Episodes (LP)" can be seen during its making of.
Dead By Sunrise
A song board was posted on Julien-K's official website 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.
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.
Boi Na Noi
Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Chester Bennington and Mark Fiore had a punk rock band that did joke songs singing "boi na noi". They've never released any songs, but they can be seen playing during the LPUTV episode "Perth Jam 2 - Ska Na Noi".
Stone Temple Pilots
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…". 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..."
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". Among those clips was an instrumental demo of a brand new song called "The Hotel On The Hill".
In February, after Chester broke his ankle and Linkin Park cancelled the remaining of the North American leg of their The Hunting Party Tour, the band went back to the studio and worked on new music until March. They went over vocal ideas, drum tracks and guitar solos.
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."
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."
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."
The album was tentavelly scheduled for a October 2015 release 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."
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.
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.
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.
Robert, Eric, Dean"
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. Johnny Stevens, Highly Suspect lead singer, was offered a job as Chester's replacement in August 2015, but turned down the offer. 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."
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".
On February 5, 2016, Stone Temple Pilots started a IndabaMusic contest to search for a new vocalist. The band's statament read, "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."
The band received submissions from all around the world, including submissions from well known musicians like Peter Dolving (ex-The Haunted) and Esteban Tavares (ex-Fresno). 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."
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. The name of the event was later changed to "From Classic To Rock". The band also backed up Gary Wright for three songs during his set.
On April 4, 2016, the band gave an update on their search for a new singer, saying, "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."
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. This started rumours that Corey Taylor would be the new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots.
After a Hollywood Vampires show in Detroit on July 16 , 2016, Robert DeLeo was approached by someone about a local singer named Jeff Gutt. Robert called Dean the next morning and told him to check him out. After auditioning and writing a few songs with the band, Jeff officially became their new vocalist. Chester was present at Jeff's first private show with Stone Temple Pilots on November 19, 2016 and they sang "Pruno" together. Jeff said, "I knew Chester. I’ve known Chester since 2001. I was in a band called Dry Cell, and we were signed by the same guy that signed Linkin Park, so that’s how I knew him. He would come to some of our writing sessions and rehearsals; I’d see him in the studios that we were at. When we were recording, they’d be recording there. We just had a good friendship. It my first private audition with STP, and he called and asked if he could come. He wanted to be there for that first show. So, I put him on my guest list. It was very cool that he could be there for that."
The band released their second self-titled album on March 16, 2018. About the process, Robert DeLeo said, "We put down some musical ideas we had written when Chester was still in the band. We finished the music, but we had nothing vocally, and then these songs just sat around for a while. We picked them back up, formed them melodically, and then had Jeff come into my studio to see what kind of path he’d take. Typically, when Dean and I write music, we have some sense of where we want it to go melodically. Jeff came over and put his stamp on the songs, and it just clicked on his own. Usually, when you meet someone, you don’t ask them to lay their emotions out on a table in front of you right away, but that’s exactly what we did. It’s a pretty intimate, heavy thing to do with someone. That day, he came up with some great stuff, and we got really excited about it." The booklet of the album reads: "In loving memory of Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington. We miss you."
Mandel Moreno is a musician from Phoenix, Arizona, who sings for Ghostlife and Fate of the Galaxies. He went to school with Chester and posted on Facebook a photo of them writing music together. He commented, "Yeah- that's when we wrote that song we were gonna do at the talent show in 94, but we pulled out of it cause Mr. Akers pissed me off over you girls and your slutty dance routine! :) haha- we should have still did the song though. It was called 'Fade Away', I still remember it."
On May 27, 2017, Chester Bennington tweeted, "Feeling very creative this last week. I've written 6 songs and I'm happy with all of them. Just getting started." When questioned if they were for a new Dead By Sunrise album, he answered "Maybe" followed by "I may just do it all on my own". According to Frank Zummo, Dead By Sunrise were getting back together for a couple pop-up shows in warehouses in downtown LA. Chester passed away on July 20. This happened about a month after Grey Daze started rehearsing for their reunion show. According to Sean Dowdell, Chester was going to bring the new songs to their rehearsal space. He said, "Chester had actually written five new songs he wanted to record with the band. I heard them. They were really good. We just hadn't had a chance to write as a band with those new songs, collectively." When questioned if the songs would ever be released, he explained, "They were not recorded properly and some were not complete. That would have to be a question for Talinda not me."
In a Rolling Stone interview published on the April 17, 2003 issue of the magazine, Mike Shinoda talked about how he took 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?"
Mike Shinoda used to make joke songs with Mark Wakefield on the weekends in high school and college and this was before Xero had formed. It was a just-for-fun project featuring spoof covers imitating Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Wu-Tang Clan and other big hip-hop records of that era. There was a member of Wu-Tang Clan (Cappadonna) whose stage name was originally Cappaccino, so one of them went by the name "Frappuccino" when recording.
They usually skipped parties to record those songs, but sometimes they would arrive at the end of a party with a cassette tape and play it in the car for their friends, who would usually be pretty high and laugh at anything. They had a reputation as the guys who made funny songs.
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." This exact same quote was repeated during a chat with Product Hunt on October 9, 2015.
Ryu from Styles Of Beyond commented on the tape saying, "Yes I do I remember the Pouch Pound demo. I believe I still have the tape. I'm not 100% sure that it was Mark Wakefield on the songs, but I think so. I remember the songs being parodies of big rap songs that were out at the time and they were hilarious."
Where Is The Rebel Bass
Among the joke tracks Mike Shinoda created when he was younger were also miami bass tracks. He said, "Fun fact. In the mid 90s, I made a few miami bass tracks as a joke. The best one was called “Where Is The Rebel Bass” and used that sample from the movie."
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 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". 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.
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."
"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", which was produced by The Neptunes.
Elisa Delson and Mike Shinoda were spotted at the "Street Dreams" premiere in Los Angeles on June 08, 2009. 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." 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."
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."
While the unreleased songs can be heard in the film, their full versions remain unreleased.
He Who Giveth
"He Who Giveth" is a title registered on BMI under Joe Hahn's name. He is credited as its sole songwriter/composer. No information is known about the track.
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 show was also filmed for HBO Reverb after technical difficulties prevented the August 09, 2001 show in Wantagh, NY from being used in the broadcast. Rob McDermott, their manager at the time, explained, "If I remember this show correctly: We were originally filming for an HBO show “Reverb” and we had everything that could go wrong, happen. When their electronics failed at some point during that show you got to see what a brilliant rock band they were and how they were amazing professionals that can adapt to anything. We didn’t use any of this footage and used their brilliant Dockland UK performance a few months later for Reverb"
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 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.
- With You
- Points Of Authority
- High Voltage
- Pushing Me Away
- And One
- In The End
- A Place For My Head
- My December
- By Myself
- Sweet Child O' Mine
- One Step Closer
Stone Temple Pilots Live At Hard Rock Live
On November 1, 2013, Stone Temple Pilots played a show at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi which was webcasted live by EVNTLIVE.com. 16 out of 19 songs from the show were registered to the Global Sound Recording Database under the title Live 2013 At Hard Rock, Biloxi for a December 27, 2013 release through Epic Deutschland which never happened. The missing songs are "Big Bang Baby", "Silvergun Superman" and "Hollywood Bitch".
The band held a special VIP soundcheck performance before the show for a contest winners during which a boy sang "Dead & Bloated" with Chester. He went down into the crowd and sang it with the same kid in the front row during the show. Chester messed up the lyrics to "Church On Tuesday" and had to change his pants backstage after "Interstate Love Song" due to a wardrobe malfunction which prompted the rest of the band to play an instrumental jam while he changed.
- Big Bang Baby
- Dead & Bloated
- Out Of Time
- Silvergun Superman
- Church On Tuesday
- Big Empty
- Black Heart
- Interstate Love Song
- Lady Picture Show
- Pop's Love Suicide
- Hollywood Bitch
- Sex Type Thing
- Sex & Violence
- Wicked Garden
- Piece Of Pie
- Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart
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.
- One Step Closer
- New Divide
- Waiting For The End
- Breaking The Habit
- Castle Of Glass
- What I've Done
- In The End
- Burn It Down
- 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. Samsung, who sponsored the pop up 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."
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.
- Catalyst/Requiem Intro
- Guilty All The Same
- Given Up
- Points Of Authority
- One Step Closer
- Blackout Intro
- Papercut (Short)
- Runaway (Short)
- Castle Of Glass Experience
- Robot Boy Intro
- Joe Solo
- Burn It Down
- Waiting For The End
- Final Masquerade
- Mike Solo
- In The End
- Lost In The Echo (Shorter)
- New Divide (Abridged)
- Crawling (Abridged)
- MS Rap (With You)
- Until It's Gone (Abridged)
- What I've Done
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- In Stereo
- It's Goin' Down
- Waiting For The End/Hands Held High
- Castle Of Glass/Kenji
- Devil's Drop
- Until It Breaks
- Where'd You Go
- High Road
- Believe Me
- 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.
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.
The show was broadcasted live Tencent Video, China's largest online video media platform, 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".
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." No DVD has been released so far.
- Given Up
- Points Of Authority
- One Step Closer
- A Line In The Sand
- From The Inside
- Runaway (Short)
- Castle Of Glass Experience
- Robot Boy Intro
- Joe Solo
- New Divide
- Breaking The Habit
- Darker Than Blood Intro
- Burn It Down
- Final Masquerade
- Remember The Name
- In The End
- Waiting For The End
- What I've Done
- Bleed It Out
Linkin Park Live At O2 Arena
Linkin Park played the first show of the U.K. leg of the One More Light European Tour on July 3, 2017 at the O2 Arena in London, England. Due to not having an opening band for their U.K. shows, Linkin Park played an extended setlist. They added "From The Inside" after "New Divide" to fill in the longer set time.
This show was professionally filmed as confirmed by Jim Digby, the band's touring and production manager, while talking about Chester Bennington's mental state during the tour. Mike Shinoda had asked Jim to tell Chester not to wear sunglasses at the show because they were filming it for a live DVD and they wanted to capture Chester's emotion in his face when singing. Chester looked at him and said "Fuck you." It really surprised Jim because Chester never acted like that to him.
Footage of the show can be seen in the "One More Light" music video, the One More Light Live trailer and the video of "Crawling" used to promote the live album. The audio from "Crawling" is from Berlin, but the entire video is from London.
A partially shortened version of "The Catalyst" was performed, lacking the electronic breakdown. The lead synth from the electronic breakdown of the song was played over the beginning of the bridge.
The intro of "One Step Closer" was styled after the 2007 intro that started the show, being changed up slightly.
Mike rapped verse one of "A Place For My Head" over the outro of "Castle Of Glass". Joe mashed up a sample of Chester screaming the "break" from "One Step Closer" over the second half of the song atop a new remixed section.
Stormzy came out to rap his verse on "Good Goodbye" for the first time. Mike rapped his live verse over the verse two instrumental, meaning this was the first live performance of the album-length version of the song. Stormzy came in early during Mike's second verse and quickly stopped. Chester messed up the last chorus of the song.
Mike rapped verse one of "Hands Held High" acapella-style before "Invisible". This is the first time the song has been performed like this since Epicenter '09 and the first time the song has been featured in a Linkin Park set since Greenfield 2014. Before the verse, he said, "Since this is a special night, I want to do something special for you guys. Unplanned."
"Waiting For The End" featured a new intro with "Remember The Name" being mashed up with the beat and synths from "Waiting For The End". Mike rapped the first verse and chorus of "Remember The Name" over the intro.
The acapella singalong outro was performed at the end of "Breaking The Habit".
The shortened piano version of "Crawling" was performed, dropping the first chorus and outro. Chester went into the crowd during "One More Light" and "Crawling".
"Leave Out All The Rest" featured a piano version intro into a big buildup, and an extended outro - a totally reworked version of the song.
"What I've Done" featured a brand new 2017 intro. The extended guitar solo bridge from the previous touring cycle remained.
The band paused after the first verse of "In The End" to let the crowd sing all of the first chorus.
A stripped down version of "Sharp Edges" was performed by Brad, Chester, and Rob to open the encore.
"Numb/Encore" was used for both the intro and outro of "Numb". Brad's guitar part during the first verse of the song also is from "Numb/Encore". Mike changed a lyric in the "Numb/Encore" intro from "Brooklyn boys" to "L.A. boys".
"Bleed It Out" was performed with an extended bridge and ending, but no intro.
- Roads Untraveled Fallout
- Talking To Myself
- Burn It Down
- The Catalyst
- One Step Closer
- Castle Of Glass Experience
- Good Goodbye (feat. Stormzy)
- Lost In The Echo
- Battle Symphony
- New Divide
- From The Inside
- Hands Held High (Acapella)
- Waiting For The End
- Breaking The Habit
- One More Light
- Crawling (Piano Version)
- Leave Out All The Rest
- Somewhere I Belong
- What I've Done
- In The End
- Sharp Edges
- Bleed It Out
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- Jeff Gutt and Chester Bennington - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 14, 2018
- DiCarlo's 90's Files, June 14, 2010
- Chester Bennington on Twitter: "Feeling very creative this last week. I've written 6 songs and I'm happy with all of them. Just getting started. 🤘" ., May 27, 2017
- Frank Zummo remembers Chester Bennington: “I just really miss him” - Alternative Press, July 24, 2017
- , July 20, 2017
- Chester Bennington's pre-Linkin Park voice lives on in Grey Daze, June 10, 2022
- sean dowdell on Twitter: "@_patyrocks @therealgreydaze @carolpfuchs @TalindaB @mikeshinoda @phoenixlp @joehahnLP @linkinpark @LPLive @LinkinParkbr @lpa_mayumi @elisa_gerallini @orban_monika They were not recorded properly and some were not complete. That would have to be a question for Talinda not me." / Twitter, April 12, 2020
- The Linkin Park Times, March 26, 2003
- Linkin Park Hit the Studio in L.A.: "We Have a Ton of Material" - Rolling Stone, November 07, 2008
- LINKIN PARK MIKE SHINODA TALKS ABOUT BAND BEGINNINGS AT CENTER STAGE PRESS CONFERENCE - YouTube, February 17, 2013
- HD Radio Sound Space Webcast | The World Famous KROQ, June 2018
- Mike Shinoda @ KROQ HD Radio Sound Space (Full Show) - YouTube, June 15, 2018
- IamA Mike Shinoda AMA!: IAmA, August 12, 2015
- Mike Shinoda LIVE Chat on Product Hunt, October 09, 2015
- Hybrid Origins: A Look Back At The Early Days - Linkin Park Live, December 23, 2021
- Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Fun fact. In the mid 90s, I made a few miami bass tracks as a joke. The best one was called “Where Is The Rebel Bass” and used that sample from the movie." / Twitter, April 08, 2021
- Lil' Jon And Mike Shinoda Provide Vma Score, August 22, 2005
- Shinoda 2005 VMA Score / Beats « Mike Shinoda's Blog, March 01, 2010
- Hive by Mike Shinoda Linkin Park | Free Listening on SoundCloud, January 27, 2010
- rob dyrdek « Mike Shinoda's Blog, December 19, 2007
- Dyrdek's Street Dreams Opening June 12 | TransWorld SKATEboarding, May 12, 2009
- Lying From You on Street Dreams soundtrack? - Got News? - Linkin Park Live, June 09, 2009
- Street Dreams skate video soundtrack - Video by Rob Dyrdek | Skatevideosite
- Linkin Lady: Elisa Delson attends "Street Dreams" premiere in Los Angeles, June 09, 2009
- Thes One and the Score of Street Dreams - Fan Club of Street Dreams Movie, May 19, 2009
- Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Rocks on to New Challenge: 'The Raid: Redemption' Film Score (Q&A) - Hollywood Reporter, March 21, 2012
- The Seed on iTunes
- BMI | Repertoire Search
- Linkin Park Live on Instagram: “20 years ago today - @linkinpark at the Jones Beach Amphitheatre, in Wantagh. #Offest #2001 #LinkinPark #ChesterBennington”, August 09, 2021
- Exclusive: Docklands Arena 2001 DVD - LPLive Exclusives and Specials - Linkin Park Live, November 25, 2012
- Nov 19 Berlin Show Set for Satellite Broadcast - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, November 10, 2014
- SES AND SAMSUNG MARK ULTRA HD’S FIRST – WITH LIVE BROADCAST OF LINKIN PARK CONCERT VIA SATELLITE - SES.com, November 12, 2014
- Keys To The Kingdom to receive live debut? - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 06, 2015
- LPU Meetups: China - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 17, 2015
- Beijing show on July 26th to be webcasted - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 13, 2015
- Joe DJ Set in Beijing - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 25, 2015
- Kenneth "Pooch" Van Druten - Mixer / Producer - Dallas | SoundBetter
- Talinda Bennington & Anna Shinoda (Full Talk/Interview) - YouTube, February 12, 2018