A Musical Tribute: Charlie Puth Dedicates Friends Theme to Matthew Perry
On Saturday, the world lost a beloved television icon, Matthew Perry, at the age of 54. Perry, best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the hit TV show Friends, was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home.
A Musical Connection
In a touching tribute, singer-songwriter Charlie Puth dedicated a song to Perry during his concert at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena. Puth, a fan of Perry and Friends, took to the stage and told the crowd, “I wanna dedicate this song to another song, and if it makes you think of a person, that’s who it’s dedicated to.” He then played a soul-stirring piano version of “I’ll Be There For You,” the iconic theme song of Friends performed by The Rembrandts. The song, which aired from 1994 to 2004, has become synonymous with the show and its characters.
Puth let the audience take over the singing as they joined in with the lyrics and handclapping. The atmosphere was electric, with fans coming together to remember Perry and celebrate his legacy. Puth seamlessly transitioned from “I’ll Be There For You” to his 2015 hit “See You Again,” a song he co-wrote with Wiz Khalifa as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker. Watch a snippet below:
Remembering a TV Icon
Matthew Perry’s portrayal of Chandler Bing on Friends has left a lasting impact on television history. His quick wit, sarcastic humor, and relatable character made him a fan favorite. Friends, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, first aired in 1994 and ran for ten seasons. The show followed the lives of six friends living in New York City and has since become a cultural phenomenon.
Charlie Puth, on the other hand, has made a name for himself in the music industry with his unique blend of pop and R&B. His collaboration with Wiz Khalifa on “See You Again” was a massive success, topping charts worldwide and becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time.