Jay Z Paid Moving Tribute To Chester Bennington During His V Festival Set
During his headline set at V Festival last night, Jay Z paid moving tribute to the late Chester Bennington, who tragically died earlier this year.
The two musicians had collaborated on EP Collision Course, which saw Jay Z and Bennington’s band Linkin Park mash up each other’s music. One of the resulting songs – Numb/Encore – was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2006.
Jay Z hadn’t performed the song live since 2011, but last night decided to finish his set with a moving rendition, dedicated to Chester.
— Frankie Ion (@LDNFrank) August 19, 2017
He asked the crowd, “Can I get some love for Chester tonight?” before requesting that they “make some noise so he can hear you in heaven.”
Jay Z tributed Chester Bennington at V Fest with Numb/Encore. This is amazing. pic.twitter.com/KuwiTWaZVH
— ronald isley (@yoyotrav) August 20, 2017
Amazing tribute to Chester last night Jay Z x Linkin Park ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Scfeb0UFw1
— Amy Bremner (@daringtodream94) August 20, 2017
Bennington was just 41 when he died by suicide last month.
In a statement, his Linkin Park band members said:
“Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled — a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.
We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place.
You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”
Our thoughts are with Chester’s family and friends.
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