Some of the United Kingdom’s favorite sons hit the stage at the One Love Manchester tribute concert one June 4. Coldplay, with Ariana Grande by their sides, delivered an epic rendition of Oasis’s hit song, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger,’ leading the thousands of fans to sing along.
There was no way that the gents from Coldplay – Chris Martin, 40, Jonny Buckland, 39, Guy Berryman, 39, and Will Champion, 38 – would miss the One Love Manchester concert. When the group took the stage at Old Trafford on June 4, the effect was magical. Coldplay decided to play “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Manchester’s Oasis, as the song has become a rallying cry to not let anger and hate conquer love, per Sky News. With Ariana Grande, 23, jamming along to the song, the more-than-60,000 fans gathered at Old Trafford sung the chorus. Thousands of voices were united, giving support to those affected by the terrorist attack, but showing that fear will not cause them to drive love out of their hearts.
Chris told Ariana that after all her numerous performances during One Love Manchester, it was their time to sing to her. She seemed generally touched by the gesture and gave her love to the band before letting them take the spotlight. Chris and the group then went into songs like “Fix You,” and “Viva La Vida.” Once again, the fans sung along in a joyous chorus of united voices.
Surprisingly, there was rumor that someone would join Coldplay to perform that hit — none other than Oasis’s own Noel Gallagher, 50. The concert’s organizers had asked Noel to come on and sing the song with Coldplay, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. “It would be a fitting highlight to celebrate the resilience and unity of this great city,” the organizers said, though Noel or his brother Liam Gallagher, 44, didn’t confirm their appearances. Liam played his debut solo show at Manchester’s 02 Ritz on May 31, his own tribute show for the victims of the Manchester attack.
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It turns out that Coldplay was the first group to sign onto the benefit concert. Money raised from this event will support the families of the 22 individuals killed by a suicide bomber’s attack following an Ariana Grande, 23, concert at the Manchester Arena. Her manager Scooter Braun, 35, was in charge of booking the bands and the first group to give him a “yes” was Coldplay.
“The idea to host this event came from Ariana,” Melvin Benn of Festival Republic, the company putting on the show, tells Billboard. “She was very traumatized after the attack, but it was very important to her to support the victims and show a level of defiance that stands up to this bloodlust and ambivalence towards innocent individuals and tells the terrorists that they are not going to stop us. …The whole thing will come together in less than nine days.” Amazing! The concert featured performances from Justin Bieber, 23, Miley Cyrus, 24, Katy Perry, 32, Pharrell Williams, 44, Usher, 38, Niall Horan, 23, and Take That. Coldplay was the only group that won’t play with Ariana’s backing band, as they have their own instruments, naturally.
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