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Jay-Z Pays Tribute To Linkin Park's Chester Bennington With Rare 'Numb/Encore' Performance

"Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way up in heaven tonight!"

One month after the tragic passing of Chester Bennington, Jay-Z paid tribute to his former collaborator. The iconic rapper performed "Numb/Encore" at Virgin V Festival this weekend, taking on one of the biggest hits he and Linkin Park had on Collision Course back in 2004.


"Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester?" Jay-Z addressed the audience on Saturday night in Stafford, England — amid performing songs off the 4:44 album. "Linkin Park, one time, tonight. Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way up in heaven tonight!"

As E! Online notes, this is the first time the 47-year-old has addressed the band since Bennington died by suicide on July 20. And, as Rolling Stone notes, it is quite the rare occasion for Jay-Z to perform this song — the most recent was back in 2011 — and it was only Jay's first full performance of 2017.

"Numb/Encore," which brings together hits for the band and Jay-Z had separately from 2003, is one of the six songs off Collision Course — which went on to become a massive success. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the RIAA certifies it as two-times platinum. "Numb/Encore" itself even went on to win a Grammy in 2006.

This is far from the first tribute in Bennington's honor — Coldplay's Chris Martin has and Chris Cornell's 12-year-old daughter did, too — but given the rapper's relationship with the band, it certainly is a special moment.

Here's Jay-Z performing "Numb/Encore" with Linkin Park in 2004:

Now see Jay-Z's performance of "Numb/Encore" in memory of Bennington:

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