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posted Friday, June 17, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 25
Musicians, Gay choruses offer musical tributes to Orlando victims
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Musicians, Gay choruses offer musical tributes to Orlando victims

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

On June 12, the world woke up to one of the worst tragedies to ever happen on American soil, a killing spree that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured inside a Gay club in Orlando. It was a deliberate attack on the LGBT community that shocked and saddened all of us. But soon after, the hate was overshadowed by love from every corner of the globe. Among those who reacted to the news with tributes were some of the world's top musicians.

Melissa Etheridge wrote a song called 'Pulse,' after the venue where the incident took place, and released it on June 15. She wrote the song while on tour, telling Rolling Stone that writing music is how she deals with things such as this. 'I feel called to speak; to do what musicians do,' Etheridge told the magazine. 'We've been the town criers for hundreds of years. We're mirrors of society. We want to try to make sense. We want to try to heal. We want to bring some meaning, some purpose. We also want to put it down forever in history. That's how I'm coping.' It wasn't immediately clear if 'Pulse' would be available as a download, but Etheridge will likely introduce it to fans on her current tour, which lands at Snoqualmie Casino on August 28.

Adam Lambert and Queen belted out 'Who Wants to Live Forever' at a headlining set Sunday night in the U.K.. 'This song is dedicated to those who lost their lives last night in Orlando, Florida, and anyone who has been a victim of senseless violence or hatred,' Lambert said to a large audience at the Isle of Wight festival.

Adele appeared shaken up when she announced to concertgoers in Antwerp that the show was being dedicated to the Orlando victims. 'The LGBTQ community, they're like my soulmates since I was really young, so I'm very moved by it,' she told everyone at the start of her performance.

At her Tuesday performance in Detroit, Beyoncé dedicated the ballad 'Halo' to the families of those killed. 'This next song is a song about love,' she said to the thousands of ticketholders at Ford Field. 'And I'd like to dedicate it to all of the family members that had family that lost their lives in Florida.'

That same evening, Selena Gomez dedicated a cover of Hillsong's 'Transfiguration' while appearing in New Orleans. 'The next song I'm going to sing is actually one of my favorite worship songs, and I think there's so much craziness that's going on and it's important to recognize how people should love people and it's actually O.K.'

Many Gay choruses on both sides of the pond gathered at community memorials and vigils to lend their voices for support, including the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, which performed 'Light' from the Broadway musical Next to Normal on ABC-TV's Good Morning America at Times Square on Monday. The London Gay Men's Chorus sang a stirring rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' to huge crowds packing Old Compton Street in the U.K. capital on Monday as well. And the Orlando Gay Chorus delivered uplifting versions of 'True Colors' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone' Monday at the city's Joy Metropolitan Community Church.

A multitude of musicians took to social media to offer their support, including rock legend Paul McCartney, who posted a selfie on Twitter with a rainbow flag draped around his shoulders and the words 'We stand together with Orlando #OneOnOne,' and Queen Latifah, who posted double Tweets to her followers. The first read 'My [heart emoji] Breaks for the LGBTQ community in Orlando! We are 1! You Touch one of us you Touch All of us! Freedom ain't Free! STAND UP AMERICA!' She then tweeted, 'You don't have to Kill somebody to Be somebody! That just makes you no 'Body'! I pray for all the people who feel that Alone!'

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