Coldplay pays tribute to Petty, honors Las Vegas victims at Portland show

Image Group LA/ABCColdplay opened their show in Portland, Oregon Monday night by addressing both Sunday’s devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas, and the death of rock legend Tom Petty.

After they took the stage, the British rockers asked for a minute of silence to honor the victims of the shooting, which left 59 people killed and more than 500 injured. The band shared a photo of the moment, showing the entire arena lit up by people’s phones. “When words fail, sometimes quiet is the most eloquent,” the caption reads.

Coldplay then launched into a cover of Petty’s hit “Free Fallin’,” during which they were joined by R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck. You can watch the performance now via the band’s Twitter.

Petty died Monday night after going into cardiac arrest at his Malibu, California home. He was 66.

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Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.
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— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017