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Jay-Z Pays Tribute To Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington

Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z paid tribute to the late-Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington with a rare performance of “Numb/Encore,” from their 2004 Collision Course collaboration album at V Festival in England on Saturday.

The song, which charted at no. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2004, would go onto become an even bigger hit overseas, peaking at no. 14 on the UK singles charts, and claiming a no. 5 spot in France and Norway.

Hov calls on his UK fans to “light it up” for Bennington, the former Linkin Park lead singer who died in July, before instructing the crowd to “make some noise so he hears you all the way up in heaven tonight.”

Needless to say, his first performance of The Black AlbumMeteora crossover since 2011, was just the icing on the cake for fans overseas, who came out to see the Brooklyn rapper’s first full performance since the release of his latest album 4:44.

The setlist also included live performances of his latest singles, “The Story of O.J.,” “Family Feud,” and “Kill Jay-Z.”

In response to Jay-Z’s touching tribute, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda tweeted a link to the video along with the following message to the Roc Nation CEO:

“We appreciate you @S_C_ #RIPChesterBennigton”

Shinoda told MTV when the group and Jay-Z initially collaborated that he was the one that sparked the fire. Before making things official, Shinoda took the initiative and mashed-up three songs to showcase the project’s potential.

“I didn’t just want to say, ‘Hell, yeah, let’s do it’—I wanted to show him what it might sound like if we did it,” Shinoda explained. “After that, he wanted to talk only by e-mail instead of in person because he thought that would save a little bit of the excitement for when we really got to meet.”

WATCH: JAY-Z PERFORMS “NUMB / ENCORE” FOR CHESTER BENNINGTON 

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