Coldplay Pays Tribute to Tom Petty with 'Free Fallin' Cover
Coldplay‘s concert in Portland, Oregon Monday night included two touching tributes — first to the 58 lives lost in the horrific shooting in Las Vegas and then to the late music legend Tom Petty.
The Grammy-winning band took the stage at the Moda Center, where their Heart Full of Dreams Tour was playing to a sold-out crowd.
They began with a minute of silence for the Vegas victims, blacking out the stadium and letting the crowd’s cell phone lights illuminate the entire arena.
“When words fail, sometimes quiet is the most eloquent,” the group wrote on Twitter, captioning a photo of the touching moment.
Later in the concert, the “Viva la Vida” singers were joined by R.E.M. co-founder and lead guitarist Peter Buck before launching into an emotional cover of Petty’s 1989 track “Free Fallin’ ” — the lead single off of Petty’s solo debut album, Full Moon Fever.
Video of the performance was shared to Coldplay’s Twitter account.
Petty died Monday of a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, PEOPLE confirmed. He was 66.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” Petty’s longtime manager said in a statement to PEOPLE. “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
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Meanwhile, authorities in Las Vegas still work to search for a motive after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire Sunday night on the crowd of more than 22,000 from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the nearby Mandalay Bay casino, where he had been staying since Thursday.
On Monday afternoon, officials said that at least 59 people had been killed and 527 more were injured.
When authorities entered Paddock’s room, they found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There is no connection between the shooting and international terrorism, according to the FBI.