Duran Duran, in response to the horrific Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, announced this week that the band would be donating all its royalties to the band’s song “Save A Prayer,” a song covered by the American band Eagles of Death Metal, to worthwhile charities involved in aiding the French. Although it might seem that the band has chosen an obscure version of the song for its donating, and that might have been true a week or so ago, but that particular rendition of the song is now storming up the British charts. And it just might make it to the top.
Billboard reported November 16 that Duran Duran, after hearing about a fan-based effort on Facebook to get the Eagles of Death Metal cover of the song to the No. 1 position on the UK singles chart to honor the fallen in the Paris attacks of November 13, announced that it would donate all proceeds from that particular version of “Save A Prayer” to charity. Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran’s lead singer, took to Twitter to make the announcement.
“@EODMforNo1 @DuranDuran will donate all proceeds due to us, from this version,” he posted. “Considering options that are useful, peaceful & uniting.”
The band issued a full statement where the band disclosed how it had encountered the American band just before the concert at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris on Friday, noting that they were honored that the band had covered their 1982 UK hit on their recently released Zipper Down, which was released in October. Of course, Eagles of Death Metal were unfortunate enough to be on stage when terrorists began firing on concert-goers at the show. However, all members of the band escaped the carnage, which, after French paramilitary units stormed the theatre and the three terrorists inside killed themselves, left nearly a hundred people dead. All told, 129 people died in attacks across Paris (not including seven terrorists who were killed or died by suicide bombs), and hundreds more were wounded. After discovering that fans were pushing for the song to reach the top of the UK charts via the Facebook page “Eagles of Death Metal For No. 1” as a tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks, the band decided to do what they could to help.
“Save A Prayer” is currently in the Top 50 at No. 44 on the Official Singles Chart Top 100. To be considered for the weekly UK chart, all sales of the single must be transacted prior to midnight on November 19.
Duran Duran released their 14th studio album, Paper Gods, in September. Call it a strange twist, but the album was released on September 11, the anniversary of the single worst act of terrorism ever on American soil. The Paris terrorist attacks of November 13 were the worst act of terrorism in France’s history as well.