|Song by Fort Minor from the album The Rising Tied|
|Released||November 22, 2005|
|Format||Digital, CD, Vinyl|
|Live debut||October 29, 2005|
|Last played||September 8, 2015|
|Label||Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records|
In late 2006, Clear Channel Music posted the entire The Rising Tied album complete with commentaries from Mike Shinoda before each song. On "High Road", he said, "‘High Road’ is one of those songs, that I… it just makes me happy. Like it just sounds like a good time to me, sounds like a party. I love playing it live. When we play… when Fort Minor plays shows live, we play… I put together a band of three string players, three backup singers, drummer and a DJ, and it’s me, and Styles Of Beyond on the mic, it’s just a… it’s just a good time and this is one of those songs that I love to play."
The chorus on "High Road" was originally sung by Mike himself, but he thought John Legend's voice would sound better than his and sent him the track to see if he liked it and wanted to sing it. He liked the song and sent it back with his vocals right away. They did not meet to record together according to John. The two had met when Mike went to see a John Legend and Alicia Keyes show in Los Angeles.
Mike said, "I limited the guests to people I already knew. I think the only person I cold-called about the project was John Legend, simply because I really like his voice."
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|High Road||The Rising Tied||3:16||2005||November 22, 2005||
|High Road||The Rising Tied (Non-PA Version)||3:16||2005||November 22, 2005||
|High Road||Instrumental Album: The Rising Tied||3:17||2005||
|High Road (Live)||Sessions@AOL||3:28||November 02, 2005||July 18, 2006|
"High Road" debuted at Fort Minor's show at MySpace's 2nd Anniversary Party, where it was performed as the second-to-last song in the set. The song remained in this spot for all of its performances until the Asian Tour, where it moved down to the third-to-last song. Eric Bobo joined the band on drums for performances of the song during the group's U.S. Tour in early 2006. "High Road" returned when Fort Minor made its comeback with "Welcome" in 2015. The song didn't feature a new remix like several other songs did, and instead was just performed as its studio version. The song was performed at the end of the main set.
"High Road" returned at the very end of Mike's Post Traumatic Asian Tour at the tour's last stop in Singapore. The band rehearsed it at soundcheck earlier in the day as reported by fans as and as posted by Dan Mayo on his Instagram story. During the show, Mike said it was requested by the band's long-time tour manager Jim Digby. The song was only played a handful of times afterward. During Mike's second night in Tel Aviv, Jim Digby joined Mike on stage for the song.
Last Updated: September 14, 2016
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Last Updated: May 3, 2020
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- Mike Walks Us Through 'The Rising Tied' | LP Association Forums, October 27, 2006
- LPTimes: Interview with John Legend, July 16, 2007
- Rap Music Interview - Mike Shinoda Clan, October 2005
- Fixins Music - Fort Minor Interview, November 22, 2005
- Empathy Promotion - Fort Minor Interview, November 25, 2005