A campaign to get the song to number one in the UK has gathered steam on social media.
Duran Duran have confirmed they will donate all royalties from Eagles of Death Metal’s cover of ‘Save A Prayer’ to charity. The single is currently climbing the UK charts, after an online campaign was started to get the cover to number one following Friday’s attacks in Paris.
Eagles of Death Metal were on stage at Le Bataclan theatre in Paris on Friday (November 13th) when gunmen entered and began shooting randomly into the crowd, killing 87 people. The band managed to escape safely, but their British merchandise manager Nick Alexander was sadly confirmed as among the victims.
In a statement Duran Duran said: “We are honoured that the Eagles of Death Metal covered “Save A Prayer,” and included it on their most recent album. In fact, it was a thrill playing the song together recently on TFI Friday 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. The tragedy that unfolded at their show, and around the city, brought immeasurable sadness to so many and shocked the world. 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 cover originally appeared on Eagles of Death Metal’s Zipper Down album, released in October.
The campaign to get the song to number one was started by a group of the band's fans over the weekend. Within hours it had gained thousands of likes and the song began climbing the charts.
The most recent post on the campaign’s Facebook page reads: ‘We're agog at how this campaign has spread so far and wide. We only created it as a hopefully tasteful and respectful way of showing solidarity from the UK, but the track is starting to ride high in numerous charts around the world. We're truly amazed’. The U.K. singles chart closes at one minute before midnight on Thursday, November 19th.