"My Own Summer (Shove It)" is a song from alternative metal band Deftones' Around The Fur album, released on October 28, 1997. According to thedeftones.com, this was written in Seattle during the hot summer of 1994. Trapped inside of his room by the heat and sun, Chino Moreno boarded up his windows with aluminum foil and wished for "An apocalyptic-type thing" where all of the people on the streets would disappear and the sun would go away. He called this dreamworld "his own summer," which is where the song title comes from.
It was a song Linkin Park used to rehearse at band practice in their early years and was performed live during all of their 2002 shows.
Other bands who covered the song include Atreyu and Muse (the latter performing the riff of the song as an intro on multiple occasions).
|My Own Summer (Shove It)
|Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)
|February 23, 2002
|October 9, 2020
When making their setlists for as far back as the Street Soldiers Tour in January 2001, Linkin Park was struggling to come up with enough songs to play for a full headlining setlist. Hybrid Theory was twelve songs long, meaning they had to add Hybrid Theory EP tracks such as "And One" and "Step Up" to the setlist, as well as a random cover song here or there.
In 2002, Linkin Park debuted their first edition of Projekt Revolution, playing arenas across the United States in January and February. This was their very first headlining tour of the United States playing arenas and was the last tour for Hybrid Theory. It was on this tour that LP added their first full-band cover song to a setlist, picking "My Own Summer (Shove It)" by the Deftones.
There were twenty one shows in 2002 and "My Own Summer (Shove It)" was confirmed to have been played at twenty of them. The final show of the year was a benefit show for TrinityKids, so it's unknown if the cover was played at that performance.
The first LPU Newsletter mentions the cover, "In addition, LP covered "My Own Summer" by the Deftones, a song LP proudly announced they used to rehearse at band practice back in the day. Mike had no problem recruiting fans to sing along to "My Own Summer" with him; it was apparent by the strong audience reaction that both LP fans and LP share the same love for the Deftones."
The quote is referring to the Uniondale, New York performance on February 8th, 2002 where Chester and Mike brought up their friend Sal from the crowd to help them sing the song on stage.
When asked on Twitch in October 2020 about performing covers live, Mike said, "We could never agree on covers. We had this thing, at one point, the idea was to pick... here's how things would devolve in Linkin Park world with something like covers. So the idea got floated out there, "We should do more covers" and everyone was like, "Well...." And the thing was, we could never agree on what to cover, so why don't we each suggest a cover. And we'll start by learning those songs. So each of us suggest a song, and blah blah blah. And inevitably, somebody would... it would basically be - Dave would suggest something and I would suggest something and it would be serious meaning, "We think this is a great song, let's cover it." For example, Dave at one time suggested "Drive" by The Cars. And I was like, "Oh that's interesting." But I joked with him, I gave him a hard time for it because it's just such a slow cover and I was like, "Wouldn't that be weird in our set? It's a good song, but I don't know, let's talk about it." And that conversation would be a straightforward one, like, "Yeah", "No", "I don't know", whatever... "Let's just talk about it." Brad and Rob would never suggest anything. And then Chester would suggest something, but this happened more than once where he'd suggest a thing and Joe wouldn't like his thing. He didn't want to do it so Joe would then suggest something insane that we should absolutely not cover and that nobody would want to, but he was doing it to sabotage the other cover ideas. And then they'd be like, "You're just doing that to sabotage the ideas" and he'd be like, "No, I just really like this song." Like Joe would be like, "I want to cover blahblahblah by The Wiggles." And he'd be like, "I legit want to do that." And Chester would say, "Dude be serious, everyone is being serious", but Joe would be like, "I am being serious, that's what I want to do." He's like, "You said we'd get to all pick one and then we'd do all six so this is my song, this is my choice." And we're like, "Can't you choose something else?" Then he'd say, "No, can't YOU choose something else?" So it would devolve from there. It would never happen because that's basically the conversation that would go on and it would flush itself down the toilet."