Arena Sings “Friends” Theme Song As Tribute For Matthew Perry
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Tributes are pouring in from around the world as fans mourn the tragic death of Friends actor Matthew Perry.
Matthew Perry, who played lovable and witty Chandler Bing for 10 seasons on the NBC sitcom, died Saturday (Oct. 28) at the age of 54. Authorities responded to a call that a 50-something male was found unresponsive in a jacuzzi at Perry’s Los Angeles-area address. When they arrived, the beloved actor was found deceased.
As news of Matthew’s death spread, tributes flooded social media as fans shared photos of the actor, clips of their favorite Friends scenes and some of his iconic Chandler lines. One of the most moving tributes making its way around the web on Sunday was footage taken at a concert in Melbourne, Australia.
American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth led a packed Margaret Court Arena in singing “I’ll Be There For You” by the Rembrandts. The song was the title track for Friends and arguably one of the most recognizable theme songs in television history.
Clips of the moment show Puth on stage playing the piano and leading the massive singalong. At the end of “I’ll Be There For You,” the singer immediately goes into his own hit, “See You Again.” the song was first released as part of the soundtrack for Furious 7 following the death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker.
“I want to dedicate this song to another song. If it makes you think of a person, that’s who it’s dedicated to. Does this mean anything to you,” Puth said before playing the familiar opening notes to the Friends theme song.
The mashup of “I’ll Be There For You” and “See You Again” paired with the voices of thousands of people touched by the life of Matthew Perry, made for an emotional and fitting tribute. Watch the special moment unfold in the video below.