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R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck joined the band onstage at their Portland, Oregon concert for the four-and-a-half-minute tribute, after the audience observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017
As Vulture points out, Buck famously criticized Petty (a fellow Southern rocker) for flying a Confederate flag at his live shows back in the ’80s—a decision Petty later admitted was “downright stupid.” But there were no hard feelings Monday night—just unfettered rock and roll tribute vibes.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had just finished their 40th-anniversary tour when the singer succumbed to cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.