Toyah and Robert Fripp salute Queen Elizabeth II by re-sharing their cover of David Bowie's "Heroes"

Toyah and Robert Fripp performing "Heroes"
(Image credit: Toyah YouTube)

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp have paid their own unique tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by re-sharing their sombre and tasteful cover of David Bowie classic "Heroes" from 2020.

The much-in-love doing covered the song, a top 30 single for Bowie in 1977, back in May 2020 to mark VE Day.

That posting was intended to honour Fripp's Uncle Bill, aka RAF Flight Sergeant Alfie Fripp, who helped plan The Great Escape, and Toyah's father Beric, who was stationed in the Mediterranean during his time in the armed services.

Re-posting the track on YouTube on September 11, Toyah and Robert noted, "The Sunday Lunch series is paused to play "Heroes" in acknowledgement of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

"Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp wish to extend condolences to the Royal Family, and respect the dedication HRH Elizabeth II showed her country during her unprecedented reign"

Watch the moving tribute below

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.