Coldplay‘s concert in Portland, Oregon Monday night included two touching tributes — first to the 59 lives lost in the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas and then to the late music legend Tom Petty.
The Grammy Award winning band held a moment of silence for the celebrated late rock icon. Later, they’d invite R.E.M.’s Peter Buck to the stage for a spirited cover of Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” They began with a minute of silence for the Las Vegas victims, blacking out the stadium and letting the crowd’s cell phone lights illuminate the entire arena.
This evening's Portland show began with a minute's silence. The entire arena lit only by people's phones. When words fail, sometimes quiet is the most eloquent. R42 pic.twitter.com/HvrbO8l56y
“This evening’s Portland show began with a minute’s silence. The entire arena lit only by people’s phones. When words fail, sometimes quiet is the most eloquent,” the band wrote on Twitter, captioning a photo of the touching moment.
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty. R42 pic.twitter.com/KzRMHYGKwS