|Single by Linkin Park|
|from the album Transformers: Dark Of The Moon|
|Working title||Iridescent New|
|Released||May 28, 2011|
|Stems||Neko Keyboard Sounds and Samples|
|Live debut||September 7, 2010|
October 27, 2017|
June 30, 2016 (LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent)
|Producer(s)||Rick Rubin, Mike Shinoda|
|Linkin Park singles chronology|
"Iridescent" is the twelfth track on A Thousand Suns and the fourth single from the album, in conjunction with the release of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, in which the song is featured.
- 1 Background
- 2 Tracklist
- 3 Music Video
- 4 Versions
- 5 Live
- 6 Promotion
- 7 Personnel
- 8 Lyrics
- 9 Gallery
- 10 In Other Media
- 11 External Links
- 12 References
"Iridescent" is a ballad about a person in the face of a place destroyed by nuclear warfare. It starts off with dramatic piano before building up with guitars, powerful drums, and big gang vocals in the bridge that lead to the song's climax. Chester has cited the song as one of his favorites on the record due to the way it builds and climaxes.
Mike Shinoda explained how the song came together, "Iridescent just started with that piano bit. It was kind of like when we've done the acapella or piano and vocal versions. It kind of was that. I wrote it just piano and vocal and then built everything on top of the piano and vocal version. So not anything crazy there, it was just a very traditional writing process."
The song was picked up and reworked for use on the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack as explained by Mike Shinoda, "A few months ago, I got on the phone with Michael Bay, who wanted to discuss the possibility of our band continuing our run with songs paired with the Transformers films. We (he, his team, and our band) all have enjoyed working together on the past two, and he wanted to discuss the ideas we might have for Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon. In particular, one song came up immediately. Ever since we started playing Iridescent live, the song has been a fan favorite at the show. For the film, there’s a new, slightly shorter version of the song, which is floating around the internet now. We’ll be shooting a video for the song tomorrow, directed by Joe Hahn." This alternate "Energy Up" version features drums right from the start of the song rather than them coming in later.
In May 2020, Mike said about the remix, "Actually I think almost every sound used in the remix of "Iridescent" was in the song. We just turned them up or EQed them or compressed them. The reason for the remix was I think that the radio department at the label said, "hey, if you're going to go out with this song and the movie and whatever, we'd like to hear it pick up energy, like get to the point faster with a shorter version. And for it to have more energy earlier." That was a cool idea. To me it didn't ruin the song, I felt like it was a cool version of a song - kind of a subtle remix so we did it. Kind of a pain in the ass though because we were on tour working on it. I remember just having to go back and forth about mix notes and adding and subtracting things a lot. It was just tedious, it was fine though."
|2||New Divide||Linkin Park||4:30|
|3||What I've Done||Linkin Park||3:25|
|1||Iridescent (from Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon)||Linkin Park||3:59|
A music video for the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon mix of "Iridescent" was shot in Los Angeles, California starting on April 14, 2011 and was directed by Joe Hahn. Mike explained, "When Michael Bay called us about putting a song in the new 'Transformers' movie, the one that came immediately to mind was 'Iridescent' because it's been a fan favorite at the shows. It's definitely a less in-your-face song. There's a somber tone to it and a hopeful tone to it. ... Michael actually loved pairing it with the movie because there's something that he feels it speaks to about the story line." The goal of the video was to combine the soulfulness of what the band does with the soulfulness of the film. Joe said, "The video explores how human existence might be affected by the elements of Transformers robots and the threat of the Decepticons. What would it be like to be citizens in a decaying universe? I tried a lot of new things here, and we had a lot of fun shooting it."
During the shooting, the band members had to do some things they weren't comfortable with. Mike, for instance, really doesn't like snakes and had to hold one for 5 hours; and Chester had his face mashed in warm milk. Joe personally picked three snakes to be used in the video. In July 2020 on his Twitch stream, Mike said, "Phobias? I don't like snakes, so the Iridescent video was difficult."
The single was mixed in Dolby Surround 7.1 audio format by Neal Avron and the video was converted into full 3D by Passmorelab, being shown in select theaters worldwide following the end credits for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. The company had previously worked with Linkin Park on a 3D version of "Waiting For The End".
"We had a very tight schedule to complete all the 3D elements of Iridescent in time for the Transformers 3 premiere. Throughout the 3D production process, we worked very closely with the band's digital post-house Ghost Town Media in Los Angeles to stay true to the director's vision for the video. Without a high level of communication and efficient workflow between everyone involved with this project, it would not have been completed on time. The collaborative end result is truly a beautiful and dramatic use of 3D. Hahnʼs post-apocalyptic vision and our 3D mesh wonderfully," said Greg Passmore, CEO of PassmoreLab. The 3D video was also available on the band's official YouTube channel for a limited period.
An alternative version of the video exists and is currently available on the Warner Music Japan YouTube channel. This version is slightly different from the original, with the scene with Optimus Prime at 1:13 being replaced by a scene with dogs running. Some of the colors present on the original video are also absent from this version, specially the red color. Bumblebee is shown in black and white instead of yellow.
Artist Name: Linkin Park
Stars Of The Season Version
Stars Of The Season is an annual gala fundraising affair for Banner Children's at Cardon Children's Medical Center in which Chester has taken part in many times.
For the event and hospital's fifth anniversary, an "Official Event Music Video" featuring Linkin Park's "Iridescent" was shot at the hospital, located in Mesa, Arizona, in October 2014. Chester was the only Linkin Park member on the video.
Chester and his wife, Talinda, were the honorary chairs of the event alongside David Curran, M.D.
The music video was written and directed by David Kinsler and produced by Jack Chapman (who also edited the video) and David Curran, M.D. Sephora Skye Kinsler stars the video as an angel.
Featuring Chester Bennington
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Iridescent||A Thousand Suns||4:56||2008-2010||September 8, 2010|
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon - The Album
|4:01||2011||May 27, 2011||
|Iridescent||A Thousand Suns Instrumentals||4:56||2008-2010||
|Iridescent||Live In Madrid||5:01||November 07, 2010||April 1, 2011||
|Iridescent (Live)||iTunes Festival: London 2011 - EP||5:04||July 04, 2011||July 8, 2011|
|Iridescent||Live In Red Square||4:19||June 23, 2011||July 21, 2011||
|Iridescent (Live From Paris, 2010)||A Thousand Suns - Live Around The World||4:58||October 25, 2010||June 19, 2012|
|LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent||Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany||June 05, 2012||March 29, 2013||
"Iridescent" was regarded by the band as a fan favorite during the A Thousand Suns touring cycle. The song debuted on KROQ's Kevin and Bean Breakfast Show in 2010, and was played at every show of the A Thousand Suns cycle except for the final three shows on the Australian 2010 tour in Melbourne, Homebush, and Bruce. The song was usually played after "Wisdom, Justice, And Love", like on the album, but it was occasionally played in conjunction with "Numb". In 2010, the song was played after "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" in sets A-1, A-3, B, B-1, and the Madrid setlist, after "Numb" in the one-off New York City setlist, and was completely omitted in set B-9. "Iridescent" didn't see much movement in 2011. During the North American 2011 tour, it was played after "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" in sets A-1, B-11, C-5, and C-6, and after "Numb" in set B-13. The European and Asian 2011 tours had "Iridescent" after "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" in sets A, B, D, E, and the one-off Moscow and Singapore setlists, and followed "Numb" in set C. A shortened version of the song was used during the band's presentation of A Thousand Horizons in Japan. The show in Moscow featured what was dubbed the "Energy Up Version", which was just the version of the song found on the Transformers 3 soundtrack. That show is the only performance of that version of the song to date.
Once the Living Things cycle kicked off in West Hollywood, the bridge and final chorus of "Iridescent" returned in the "LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent" medley. The drums from the single version are also played during the "Shadow Of The Day" portion of the song.
"Iridescent" returned during the tribute show for Chester, where it was part of the opening medley and opened the encore. Both times it was played were shortened. The first was a new arrangement that included a mashup with "The Messenger" as an intro and ended after the second chorus, while the second was solely the bridge and final chorus. Jon Green joined the band for both performances of the song.
Mike performed a shortened piano version of "Iridescent" in Moscow while touring in support of his solo album Post Traumatic. He later debuted the studio version in Toronto, and would continue to play the song fairly consistently for the remainder of the tour. For some of the west coast dates on Monster Energy's Oubreak Tour, Phoenix joined Mike and the band for the song.
Last Updated: May 1, 2020
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||w/ "The Messenger" v1 + Chorus||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
|Outro||Transition into "Roads Untraveled"||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
|Alternative||Energy Up Version||June 23, 2011||June 23, 2011|
|Alternative||Ballad Medley (LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent)||May 18, 2012||November 14, 2016|
|Alternative||Hollywood Bowl Arrangement||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
|Alternative||Shortened (No Bridge or Final Chorus)||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
|Alternative||Shortened (Bridge and Final Chorus only)||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
Last Updated: July 10, 2019
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Alternative||Piano Version||September 1, 2018||September 1, 2018|
|Alternative||Shortened (No Second Verse or Second Chorus)||September 1, 2018||September 1, 2018|
Last Updated: May 1, 2020
- Jon Green (The Bonfires)
Last Updated: May 1, 2020
- Phoenix (Linkin Park)
On May 25, 2011, Linkin Park announced a contest for fans to create an original piece of art for "Iridescent". The winner would be showcased in front of more than 30 million fans online and would be featured at Linkin Park's performance for the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon premiere in Moscow's Red Square on June 23. The submission deadline was June 12. The winner was Wan Muhammad Azzim.
The premiere event featured the first and only ever live performance of the single version of "Iridescent". The performance of the song was highlighted on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, VH1 Classic and Palladia at 8:55pm ET/PT on June 24. A 30-minute piece aired the following week on June 30 in English speaking countries.
On July 22, 2011, the show was released in MP3 format as a prize for the "Iridescent Super-Fun Trading Fun-Cards" game as Live In Red Square. After all six cards were collected, fans could enter the codes from each card at Linkin Park's website to get a free download of the full show.
When you were standing in the wake of devastation
When you were standing in the wake of devastation
Iridescent contest winner
In Other Media
- "Iridescent" is featured in the 2010 film Alpha And Omega.
- An alternate version of "Iridescent" is featured in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and was included in its soundtrack album.
- Iridescent (Music Video): LPTV | Vimeo | WMG | MTV | DolbyInsider's YouTube | Paramaount Pictures France's DailyMotion
- Iridescent (Alternative version): WMJ
- Iridescent (Official SOTS Music Video): Official SOTS Advisory Council YouTube
- Iridescent (Madrid 2010 & MSG 2011 Live Clip) - WMT
- Iridescent (Madison Square Garden 2011) - WMG
- Iridescent (Moscow 2011) - LPTV | Vimeo | Paramount Pictures France
- Linkin Park Fans: A Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of | Reverb News, April 02, 2018
- Linkin Park Tell Thousand Suns Critics To 'Go Find Something You Like' - MTV, September 17, 2010
- Mike Q&A Summary 7/9/2020 - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 10, 2020
- Iridescent: Transformers 3 Single « Mike Shinoda's Blog, April 13, 2011
- Live music making: fan's choice, 2000 pop - YouTube, May 08, 2020
- Making of the Iridescent Music Video | LPTV #59 | Linkin Park - YouTube, July 11, 2011
- Linkin Park To Headline 'Transformers' Premiere In Moscow - MTV, May 23, 2011
- Behind the Scenes of Linkin Park’s ‘Iridescent’ Video From ‘Transformers 3′, June 09, 2011
- "Iridescent" Music Video Premiere - LinkinPark.com, June 3, 2011
- Transcript: LPU Chat with Chester | LP Association Forums, August 02, 2011
- Linkin Park's Joe Hahn - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? - YouTube, September 24, 2014
- LPLive: Mike Q&A Summary 7/1/2020, July 1, 2020
- Linkin Park "Iridescent" - Transformers 3 Soundtrack | Dolby - YouTube, June 29, 2011
- Linkin Park | "Iridescent"
- Watch "Iridescent" in 3D after TF3 - LinkinPark.com, June 28, 2011
- Iridescent Music Video soon in 3D cinemas
- PassmoreLab Teams with Linkin Park and Warner Bros. to Produce Iridescent Music Video into 3D
- Iridescent video now available in 3D on YouTube | LP Association Forums, July 01, 2011
- Linkin Park - Iridescent (2011) | IMVDb
- Cardon Children's Medical Center | Banner Health
- 5th Annual Stars of the Season - The Red Book, November 11, 2014
- Official SOTS Music Video "Iridescent" by Linkin Park - YouTube, October 30, 2014
- Linkin Park and Transformers 3: First Look - LinkinPark.com, April 18, 2011
- “Iridescent” artwork contest « Mike Shinoda's Blog, May 25, 2011
- Winning "Iridescent" Artwork, "Iridescent" Performance To Be Shown On MTV & VH1 | LP Association Forums, June 23, 2011
- 23.06.2011 - Moscow, Russia - Transformers: Dark of the Moon Premiere | LP Association Forums, June 22, 2011
- "Iridescent" Trading Cards + Surprise - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, July 22, 2011