Coldplay have paid heartfelt tribute to Tom Petty, as the legendary rocker passed away on Mon. after struggling cardiac arrest.
The British rockers conducted a one minute silence ahead of their gig in Portland & have been joined on stage by REM’s Peter Buck for a special performance.
Chris Martin asked fans to join with them as the whole arena was plunged in to darkness with the gang lighting up their phones as a mark of respect.
The moving show was shared on the band’s official Twitter account, alongside the words: “When words fail, typically quiet is probably the most eloquent.”
Following the minute silence, REM guitarist Peter Buck joined the band on stage for a rendition of Petty’s 1989 hit Free Fallin’.
Ahead of the performance, Chris told the gang: “It is a very strange thing to think about how you can play a concert on a day like today. We thought one of the best thing to do can be send our love & your love in to the world 'cause I do know everybody’s got the same stuff on their mind.”
The front guy then asked the hundreds of fans to fall silent for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting & for these affected by the earthquake in Puerto Rico.
Tom was found unconscious at his Malibu home on Sun. night & passed away hours later.
His longtime supervisor Tony Dimitriades confirmed the unhappy news source late on Mon. evening.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we’re devastated to announce the premature death of our father, husband, brother, leader & pal Tom Petty,” he stated in a press release.
He died peacefully at eight:40 pm local time surrounded by family, his bandmates & buddies.
Petty 1st burst onto the music scene within the 1976 with his group, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
The band scored a string of hits over several decades, together with American Girl, Free Falinâ€™, Refugee & I Wonâ€™t Back Down.
He additionally co-founded the 1980s supergroup collective The- Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan , George Harrison, Roy Orbison & Jeff Lynne, penning hits akin to Finish of the Line & She’s My Baby.
Dylan referred to as his death “surprising, crushing news source” in a press release to Rolling Stone magazine on Mon..
He stated Petty was “an impressive performer, filled with the sunshine, a acceptable friend, & I am going to always remember him.”
Last Mon., Petty concluded his current tour – which started off on Apr. – at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A..
In Dec. he admitted to Rolling Stone in that the string of gigs, done to honour the 40th anniversary of the Heartbreakersâ€™ debut, would likely be â€œthe last large one.â€�
â€œWeâ€™re all on the backside of our 60s,â€� he continued. â€œI have a granddaughter now Iâ€™d wish to see as much as I can. I donâ€™t want to spend my life on the road.
“This tour will take me away for 4 months. With somewhat kid, thatâ€™s a assortment of time.”
After news source of his death broke, well-known faces & fans rushed to pay tribute on social media.
Actress & singer Juliette Lewis shared an image of the band on stage, writing alongside it: “THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. #TomPetty honored to have shared your final show on this earth. #freefalling #RIPTomPetty.”
Musician Paul Stanley added: “No! We’ve lost Tom Petty. From our opening act within the seventies to turning in to an superior songwriter & performer I’ve loved his music.”
& musician & actor Stevie Van Zandt added: “Man this can’t be occurring. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love & condolences to his family & band. A brother & true believer.”
Meat Loaf paid additionally tribute, saying: “Today Just gets worse. The- very gifted musician , Writer Tom Petty has just passed away .
“Another amazing has left us still he left us with superb reminiscences & his love of his music & his fans will live to tell the tale within the Hearts of people who knew him & people who loved him. Our prayers go out to Tom & his family .”
Sheryl Crow remembered a “great music hereo”, including: “You brought us so much joy, @tompetty. We’ll miss you. #RIPTomPetty.”
Amid his successes, Petty additionally suffered dark periods throughout a profession spanning 5 decades.
A 2015 biography of the singer, “Petty: The- Biography,” exposed for the 1st time the rocker’s heroin addiction within the 1990s.
Author Warren Zanes stated in an interview with The- Washington Post Petty had succumbed to the drug 'cause he “had had encounters with individuals who did heroin, & he hit some extent in his life when he didn’t know what to do with the ache he was feeling.”
The rocker additionally suffered from depression, channeling his ache in to 1999s Echo, throughout which he was additionally coping with a divorce.
In 2002, he married Dana & told Reuters in that he’d been in therapy for six years of time of time to deal with depression.
“It is a humorous illness since it takes you a very long time to really come to terms with the truth in that you are sick – medically sick, you are not just out of the blue going out of your mind,” he stated at the time.