Following the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington last month, artists across the musical landscape have remembered the hard rock singer by paying tribute to him in each of their own unique ways. Rapper JAY-Z has become latest artist to honor his late friend and collaborator, by performing their “Numb/Encore” mashup at the V Festival in England over the weekend.
As seen in the fan-shot video above, Jay can be heard asking fans in the audience to “light it up tonight, for Chester ... please make some noise so he can hear you all the way up in heaven tonight!” The crowd continued to cheer and sing along as the opening riff from the track starts out shortly after the :30 second mark.
The collaborative track appeared on their 2004 Collision Course EP, and would go on to win each of them a Grammy in 2006 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Jay would also use his festival performance, which was his first public concert since November 2016, to debut a few tracks from his recent 4:44 album including “Kill Jay Z” and “The Story of O.J.”
Bennington's widow also recently shared some new music from their son, which isn't as loud and intense as Chester's songs may have sounded, but still no less impressive.
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