Sorry for the delay, guys, moving on to "Waiting For The End" now! "Waiting For The End" is the eighth track and second single off A Thousand Suns. The single version was released on October 1, 2010, less than a month after the album release. The digital single contained the "Guitarmagedon DIOYY?" remix of "The Catalyst" while the CD single contained the remix of "Waiting For The End" itself from The Glitch Mob. The demo version of the song was titled "Meadowlands", but it hasn't seen the light of day (yet). While being probably the poppiest track on the album, the track is essentially flawless. It combines the catchy melody of their previous singles like "Numb" and "What I've Done" with experimentation and matureness the band has only shown on A Thousand Suns. The critics obviously loved it just as much as I did, as it was one of the tracks off the album to recieve an almost unanimously positive reception. Chester Bennington also noted "Waiting For The End" and "Iridescent" are tied for his favorite song on the album, although later on, in 2012, he chose "When They Come For Me" instead. A music video for the song was made, directed by Joe Hahn. Just like the song itself, the video recieved praise from both fans and critics, proving to be one of Linkin Park's darkest, yet most visually interesting videos. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #96, but it kept moving forward to #42, staying on the chart for a total of 23 weeks. It also reached #2 on the Rock Songs chart and #1 on the Alternative chart. In an interview with MTV, Chester spoke on the song's success, saying: Another working title was suggested for the song, "Chicken Basket". I don't think it was ever confirmed "Chicken Basket" tured into "Meadowlands" or "Waiting For The End", but if it was, correct me. I'll drop a quote from Mike on his blog about "Chicken Basket" just in case. "Waiting For The End" starts off with a fast, glitchy guitar riff, similar to the one that appeared later right on the beginning of Linkin Park's newest album, "The Hunting Party". The guitar riff is joined by a loud, smooth synth that is repeated through the rest of the song and helps build melody. After not even ten seconds, a smashing drum line from Rob Bourdon appears, joined by A Thousand Suns' signature synths. This drum line is virtually repeated through the entire song. Mike starts his reggae-like hip-hop verse as the song gets a new element, an incredibly powerful guitar tone from Brad Delson. This is only repeated a few times during the song. And you'd expect the song to just keep building, because that's what basically every Linkin Park song does, but "Waiting For The End" is an exception. As Chester begins his slow, nostalgic, quiet verse, all that's left of the instrumental is a high pitched synth and that synth from the beginning. This doesn't go on for long, as he's soon accompanied by that loud drum line once again. He's also backed up by Mike's "ooh"'s in the background. In the second verse, a loud bass line from Phoenix appears. The drums also continue to build as the song seems to be speeding up. As he begins the pre-chrous, he's joined by Mike once again. After over two and a half minutes, Mike begins his second rapped verse, backed up by one of the best beats the band has ever made. The entire song builds towards the hypnotic breakdown, holding small samples of Bennington's vocals through the song, something that Linkin Park hasn't done before that or after. The ending, or as Mike called it, "the payoff" is a classic moment in Linkin Park's discography, holding almost every element that the song has, aswell as Mike rapping and Chester singing simultaneously. The making of LPTV episode for "Waiting For The End" detailed the recording process of the vocals, and the band creating the melody. It's embedded above for your viewing pleasures. In an interview after the album's release, Chester mentioned that the inspiration for the melody of the song were The Beatles, specifically Paul McCartney. It worked, Chester, it worked. The lyrics of the song are, once again, open to interpretation. The simplest way to see it, and my personal favorite, is once again - relationships. Whether you're thinking of your significant other, parents, friends... "Waiting For The End" applies to all of it. It captures the denial a person is going through when a relationship is over - "it's hard to let you go" and "holding on to what I haven't got". This concept goes on and on, saying "the hardest part of ending is starting again", so a person just waits until the feelings are completely gone before ending a relationship, hence the "we dead it, forget it, let it all disappear" line. Another way of interpreting the lyrics, the one that would fit the album more, is humanity's co-existance with technology, as we seem to have completely forgotten what it's like to live without computers and mobile phones, and we feel like we couldn't live without them. Once again, what the song is about depends on you. I'll drop some quotes from Chester about the song's meaning below. He also spoke on the chorus, saying: A music video for the song, as I previously stated, was directed by Joe Hahn. It was produced by Ghost Town Media, who have often collaborated with Joe Hahn and Linkin Park. The video relies heavily on special effects, as band members are seen individually playing their instruments, while rotating. The video also explores the concept of time, and how it changes things, which is shown as band members morphing into each other. What's fun to note about the video is that Rob can be seen playing drums, but his kit wasn't there. He was just pretending to be playing, while the kit was added in post-production. Many of the effects used in "Waiting For The End" reappeared later in the video for the third single off the album, "Burning In The Skies". The video, while eye-catching, was one of the easiest for the band to film, as Mike spoke: "...I thought "Breaking The Habit" was the bar... but this one is easier". The atmosphere on the video shoot was very nice, as the band seemed to be joking and having a good time. You can view the Making Of LPTV Episode above. Speaking of the video shoot, director Joe Hahn said: As I previously mentioned, a remix of the song by The Glitch Mob was included on the CD single. The remix is astonishing, turning "Waiting For The End" into a dark, wubby, 5 minute banger. It also heavily altered the vocals from Mike and Chester, even changing the melody, and centers around banging kick drums. All in all, it's pretty diddly awesome, fellas! For the sake of not crashing your Flash player, instead of embedding the video, I'll just post a link. You can listen to the remix here. When performed live, "Waiting For The End" is a banger that really gets the crowd going. It's really hard to write this paragraph because the song has been performed at virutally every Linkin Park show since it's release. It had it's live debut on the first of the three promotional shows for A Thousand Suns, on September 7, 2010, when the band also debuted "The Catalyst" and "Iridescent", the other two US singles from the album. Through the years, a lot of memorable performances happened. The version embedded above is embedded purely 'cause it's official, not necessarily good. The band asked the fans to reocrd their performance of the song in Chicago on January 28, 2011 and later released it as an official video o their YouTube channel. But, because in 2011 not everyone had their brand new iPhone 6's with the incredible 8MP iSight camera which has 1.5µ pixels and ƒ/ 2.2 aperture [/Apple advert], the quality of the video is quite poor, with the highest resolution avaliable being 360p. The audio in the video also comes from the show. The band also performed the song on February 5, 2011 during their SNL performance. It was a very good performance, but due to poor recordings and Vimeo embed not working, I won't post it. There are tons of great pro shots from basically every festival the band has headlined through the past 4 years. During the A Thousand Suns tour, the track usually had "Jornada del Muerto", it's album intro attached to it. Through the most of the Living Things era, Mike rapped a verse from the then new track "Until It Breaks" over the "Waiting For The End" beat, before the band started playing the song. Because I love this version I'll embed it below. Through The Hunting Party era, the band continued to do this. When performed live, the track has an outro titled "Wall of Noise outro" attached to it. It features a rapid drum beat from Rob accompanied by Chester singing the key lyrics of the song and the band purely... rocking out. What do you think of "Waiting For The End" and it's live performances? I'm in school until December 23, so I apologize in advance if there are any other delays.