Coldplay and Katy Perry were amongst the stars who took time out of their concerts on Monday to pay their respects to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, and also to legendary rocker Tom Petty, who passed away on Monday at 66 years old.
Coldplay began their Portland, Ore., show a little different than they normally do. The British rock band hit the stage to a roaring applause and instead of getting right into their usual first song, frontman Chris Martin and the rest of the band solemnly stood by the microphone to share an important message about tonight's show.
Chris addressed his fans saying, "In a minute we are going to play the best show we have ever played in our lives, but you know, it's a very strange thing to consider about playing a concert on a day like today. So we felt the best thing to do would be to just send our love or your love into the world before we start the concert. Because I know everybody's probably got the same stuff on their minds that we have on our minds." He continues, "We thought what would be nice to do would be to start by everybody turning on their lights on their cellphone and just have a minute or so of silence just to send our love to everybody in Las Vegas…"
Following the moment of silence, REM guitarist, Peter Buck, joined the "Paradise" rockers on stage for a moving performance of the late Tom Petty's "Free Fallin,'" which was one of Petty’s biggest hits from his 1989 solo debut, "Full Moon Fever." Chris and co. shared the touching video on their Twitter page.
Katy Perry stopped her show at Madison Square Garden in New York City to share a message with her thousands of KatyCats in attendance, "I want to take this moment right now for Las Vegas tonight," Perry said. "Listen, I know it’s been a tough day, but music is special. It’s magic. It’s something that unites us. There’s a community here that we need to take care of, that we need to surround, that we need to lift up. I know that we all feel very disconnected sometimes, but music brings us together and it should never be a place of fear."
Katy then had her audience participate in "a little exercise" and introduce themselves to the people to their right and left and shout out "I love you!." Katy continued her inspiring message, "No one's going to steal our joy. No one is going to wilt our flowers or clip our wings. No one is going to take our power from us!"
Thank you Coldplay and Katy Perry for making us feel more united!
-- Kevin Zelman