It seems like the message of love and unity at last night’s (June 4) One Love Manchester benefit concert extended even to surly former Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher.
The Manchester native made a surprise appearance at the end of the show, which had been organized to raise money for victims of the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22.
The 50,000-strong crowd at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground was beyond excited as Liam launched first into “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” before performing an even bigger surprise duet with none other than Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who he’d once described as looking like a “geography teacher.”
Chris didn’t seem to carry a grudge, however. He had already performed “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” the 1996 Oasis hit that has become an anthem in Manchester since the suicide bombing.
And when the time came for Liam to perform the third song in his set, “Live Forever,” Chris joined him on stage to play guitar and provide the falsetto part usually sung by Liam’s brother and Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher.
The star-studded benefit concert was organized by Ariana Grande, and featured performances by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Robbie Williams, Take That, Black Eyed Peas, Marcus Mumford, former One Direction star Niall Horan, and Pharrell Williams.
And while the show offered many highlights, such as Grande being accompanied by a local school choir for a performance of “My Everything,” it was the display of unity between Liam and Chris that offered one of the night’s most touching moments.
It left some hoping for an even bigger reunion: that of Liam and Noel Gallagher, the feuding brothers who haven’t performed together since 2009, but sadly, it wasn’t to be.
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