“Can I get some love for Chester tonight? Make some noise so he can hear you in heaven.”

The music world is still recovering from the shocking loss of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who chose to take his own life one month ago today. We’ve said this before and we no doubt will have to say it again, but if you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health PLEASE seek help. We are here for you, your friends and family are here for you, and there are countless strangers all over the world who would take time out of their lives to talk to you. We cannot begin to imagine what is going on in the mind of anyone else, but we do know we are here if anyone ever wants to talk.

Among those feeling the pain of life without the energetic vocalist is Jay Z, who collaborated with Bennington on the platinum-selling crossover record Collision Course back in 2004. We know this because last night Jay dedicated the closing song of his headline performance at V Festival to Bennington’s memory. “Can I get some love for Chester tonight?” the rapper asked the Staffordshire crowd, before asking them to “make some noise so he can hear you in heaven.” You can view the a fan shot video of the performance above.

As you can imagine, the news of Jay’s tribute brought many a flood of reactions from social media. We could share dozens of moving posts related to the clip, but perhaps the most important came from Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda who shared the performance with a note for Jay Z that read, “”We appreciate you.”


Jay Z’s latest album, 4:44, is available now wherever music is found.