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St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

Music Numb Linkin Park (clip - 2003)
On a European tour in 2003, Linkin Park, accompanied by director Joe Hahn, shot several videos in Prague, notably for From the Inside and Numb.
St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
"Czech Republic, Prague, Hradčany, St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta), choir (14th century) and nave (19th century)" by Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

“The last song is called “Numb” which starts with a nice keyboard hook. I thinks it was a nice way to end the album because it kind of sums up the record. It’s very recognizable as our sound.”

Mike Shinoda for ShoutWeb.

When awareness about harassment was not as high as it is today, Linkin Park was already talking about this issue. It must be said that, 14 years later, Chester Bennington will kill himself, haunted by sexual abuse during his childhood, harassment and drug problems. A call for help well before its time.

In the video for Numb, a young high school girl, played by Briana Evigan, is in the grip of a deep malaise. In class, her teacher bullied her for her drawings. Her classmates make fun of her, push her around, and walk away when she arrives. At home, same scenario. Her mother scolds her about her art, which is of undeniable quality. The young woman ends up running away and finds herself in the nave of a cathedral.

This place of worship is not unknown, since throughout the clip, the members of the group interpret this piece of anthology. The gothic architecture lends itself perfectly to the depth of the lyrics but also to the sounds that made the band’s reputation.

Although the exterior shooting and some interior shots took place in Prague and at St. Vitus Cathedral, not everything was filmed there. Suffering from severe abdominal and back pain, Chester Bennington was forced to withdraw. The shots with Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell and Rob Bourdon were then shot in a similar cathedral in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, St. Vitus Cathedral plays its role perfectly and remains the main shooting location of the Numb clip, just like the Charles Bridge of the Czech city or the Johannes Kepler Grammar School where the young Briana Evigan is supposed to study.

1.000.000.000

In 2018, the Numb video crossed the 1 billion view mark on YouTube thanks to the strong fan response after Chester Bennington’s death.

Clip Numb in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague - Linkin Park
Clip Numb in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague – Linkin Park
Clip Numb in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague - Linkin Park
Clip Numb in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague – Linkin Park
Clip Numb in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague - Linkin Park
Clip Numb in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague – Linkin Park

St. Vitus Cathedral

The largest and most important place of worship in Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral has hosted many coronations of Czech kings and queens.

The third building of the same name on the same site, St. Vitus Cathedral became especially important after the creation of the Prague bishopric in 973. The present building dates from 1419, but its construction was slowed down by the Hussite wars. It was only in the second half of the 19th century that it was renovated and completed. Consecrated in 1929, it is particularly appreciated for its stained glass windows, its St. Wenceslas chapel and its immense nave.

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By Damien Duarte

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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