‘We Say Goodbye’: Duran Duran Honors Queen Elizabeth II at Hollywood Bowl

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DURAN DURAN HONORED Queen Elizabeth II with a dramatic rendition of their 1982 ballad “Save A Prayer,” played to a sea of cell phone lights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Friday night.

“So, you know that it’s a real sad time for a lot of us Brits, and a lot of other people around the world, and we would like to make our own tribute to Queen Elizabeth II,” singer Simon Le Bon told the crowd as a steady rain fell at the famed outdoor venue.

“If you’d like to join us and show your respect, please take your cell phone out, switch the light on. Let’s fill the Bowl with light for the queen,” Le Bon instructed. “We say goodbye.”

As thousands of pinpoint lights illuminated the night, Le Bon called his view from the stage “beautiful.” He then performed the aching single with bandmates John Taylor on bass, Nick Rhodes on keyboard and Roger Taylor on drums. Giant animated white doves flitted across video screens flanking the stage.

The performance marking the monarch’s death at age of 96 followed after a giant portrait of a young Queen Elizabeth II was shown on a screen behind the stage moments before Duran Duran started their set.

Courtesy of Rolling Stone