Duran Duran on Eagles of Death Metal Fan Campaign
In the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks, a group of Eagles of Death Metal fans launched a campaign to make the band's cover of Duran Duran's "Save a Prayer" the number-one single in the U.K. In response, Duran Duran announced that they will donate any publishing proceeds they receive from the sale of EODM's version of the song to a charity that will aid the people of France. On Thursday, the '80s pop band issued a more detailed statement announcing their support for the campaign.
"We are honored that the Eagles of Death Metal covered 'Save a Prayer' and included it on their most recent album [Zipper Down]," the statement reads. "In fact, it was a thrill playing the song together recently on TFI in London. We bumped into the band on Friday afternoon of last week, when we were all on our way to Paris on the Eurostar. We were opening Al Gore's Climate Change concert broadcast there, and they were playing at the Bataclan. What happened that night defies any kind of comprehension."
Eagles of Death Metal were headlining a concert at the Bataclan concert hall on November 13 when terrorists attacked the venue, killing 89 people. The band members were able to escape the Bataclan unharmed.
"The tragedy that unfolded at their show and around the city brought immeasurable sadness to so many and shocked the world," writes Duran Duran. "We wholeheartedly support the campaign that the fans have mounted to show solidarity to the band that they love. We will be donating all of our royalties from the sale of this version of the single. There are a number of causes under consideration, all of which are peaceful, effective and unifying."
The U.K. singles chart closes at midnight tonight GMT, which is 7 p.m. ET.