It was a close call for the Eagles of Death Metal, the band on stage Friday night when three black-clad terrorists walked into the Bataclan Theatre in Paris and began shooting people. Fortunately, all the band members escaped the venue alive. However, nearly a hundred people at the show did not. And now there’s a drive to see the band’s cover of Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer” get to the No. 1 position on the UK song charts.
OfficialCharts.com reported November 17 that Eagles of Death Metal’s “Save A Prayer” jumped slightly more than halfway to the No. 1 spot in one day, landing at No. 44 on the Singles Chart’s Top 100. It had entered the chart Monday at No. 96, then made a 52-slot jump overnight.
Much of the song’s success is being driven by the online call, the Facebook page “Eagles of Death Metal For No. 1,” to see the song reach the top of the chart. In fact, Duran Duran, who wrote “Save A Prayer,” issued a statement saying how honored the band was that the Eagels of Death Metal had covered the song for their latest album (Zipper Down). In the statement, Duran Duran recounted how the bands had actually bumped into each other earlier in the day on Friday 13, just hours before the show. In support of the Eagles of Death Metal and the people of France, Duran Duran announced it would donate all the band’s royalties made from “Save A Prayer” to helpful charities.
Duran Duran released “Save A Prayer” as a single in 1982 and watched it rise to No. 2 on the UK charts. At the time, it was the band’s biggest hit. (Incidentally, the song reached No. 1 in France, the only nations where it topped the charts.) But, then, the band was just kicking off what would be a very successful career. Of course, the new wave band would go on to chart many more hits, two of which, “Is There Something I Should Know?” and “The Reflex,” notching No. 1 spots.
As for the Eagles of Death Metal single, it is the band’s second from their current album, Zipper Down, and has become the band’s most popular song in the United Kingdom by far. Only charting twice before with songs off the band’s Death by Sexy album (2006), with only one (“I Want You So Hard”) making the Top 75 (No. 73), the garage rock group looks poised to make chart history.
But that didn’t look to be the case on Friday night as the deadly events that made up the Paris terrorist attacks unfolded. While performing before a sold-out crowd at the Bataclan Theatre, the Eagles of Death Metal were noticeably interrupted by the staccato blasts of gunfire. While people in the theatre scattered, various band members made their escape from the stage. All survived uninjured, but a merchandise seller for the band, 36-year-old Nick Alexander, a British native, was killed — along with 86 others at the venue following a hostage standoff and French authorities storming the venue. Although hours of confusion ensued as members of the band were tracked down, the wife of the band’s drummer, Julian Dorio, told UPI late Friday night.
The Top 100 Singles Chart for the week will be set by midnight on Thursday, November 19, which is the cut-off for sales for the charting week. The official chart itself will be published on Friday evening. The question now becomes: Can “Save A Prayer” get to No. 1?