WARNING: This post contains strong language
Plus update: Wednesday 7 June 2017
Liam Gallagher was one of the stand-out performers at last night’s One Love Manchester benefit concert in aid of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, but he performed alone and without his brother Noel. It had been widely rumoured that both of the Oasis brothers would “reunite” for the concert, organised by the American singer Ariana Grande two weeks after her concert at the Manchester Arena was targeted by a suicide bomber. However, Noel Gallgher was nowhere to be seen and Liam Gallagher took to the stage accompanied on guitar by Chris Martin of Coldplay (below), who had performed themselves earlier in the concert. Liam, who had flown in specially for the concert straight from a concert in Nuremberg, Germany, played three songs: “Live Forever,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” and a new song “Wall of Glass.” Coldplay had performed the Oasis song “Don’t Look Back In Anger” with Ariana Grande as part of their set.
This morning, Liam was posting to his Twitter feed, expressing his thoughts on the concert last night and on his brother’s non-appearance. On the concert itself he said:
“What an amazing night last night pure love vibrations nobody comes close to Manchester love forever LG x”
“Oh and if anybody’s seen rkid tell him he can come out now as you were LG x.”
“Manchester id like to apologise for my brothers absence last night very disappointed stay beautiful stay safe.”
“Noels out of the fucking country weren’t we all love get on a fucking plane and play your tunes for the kids you sad fuck.”
“Fuck the reunion mate it ain’t about oasis it’s about people helping other people and he’s once again shown his true fucking colours.”
Speaking to The Mirror a spokesman for Noel Gallagher explained the reason he wasn’t at One Love Manchester:
“Sadly Noel will not be at the concert this weekend. He’s been out of the country on a longstanding family trip since before the concert was announced and is unable to attend.”
“Needless to say he is very supportive of the event and wishes everyone huge success on the day.”
Update: Wednesday 7 June 2017
It has been revealed that after Noel Gallagher’s song “Don’t Look Back In Anger” was sung by the crowd at the vigil the night after the Manchester Arena bombing he has been donating profits from the track to the Manchester emergency fund.
Liam Gallgher had criticised his brother for not flying back from a family holiday to sing at the One Love Manchester concert at the weekend, with Liam using a private jet to fly to Manchester from Germany, where he had been doing a private gig the same evening.
Noel donated the profits quietly, not want publicity, but a source leaked the information to the Mirror, saying: “Very soon after the attack, Noel contacted the charity and offered to donate subsequent royalties from the track to the victims’ families. But he insisted it was done on the proviso that it was not publicised.”
Simon Kelner, also in the Mirror wrote: “I happen to know that Noel has been donating all profits from sales of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ since the bombing to the We Love Manchester campaign.”
Noel Gallagher later retweeted the article, thereby confirming the reports. The 1994 Oasis song was performed at One Love Manchester by Coldplay and Ariana Grande and had already become an unofficial anthem of the Manchester bombing after being sung at the vigil. The track has re-entered the UK top-30 singles music chart.
Meanwhile the much-anticipated Oasis reunion seems more unlikely than ever after Liam’s Twitter rant against his older brother. The brothers haven’t performed together, in public at least, since a bust-up backstage in France in 2009, which led to the break-up of Oasis.
Sources & Further Reading:
- Liam Gallagher goes on foul-mouthed rant over brother Noel’s non-appearance at the Manchester One Love concert – liverpoolecho.co.uk – 5 June 2017 – by Paul Philbin, Emmeline Saunders & Jo-Anne Rowney
- Liam Gallagher’s foul-mouthed rant at brother Noel over missing One Love Manchester: ‘Get on a f**king plane’ – mirror.co.uk/3am – 5 June 2017 – by Jo-Anne Rowney & Emmeline Saunders
- All profits from Don’t Look Back In Anger donated to charity by Noel Gallagher… despite Liam’s digs after One Love – liverpoolecho.co.uk – 7 June 2017 – by Rebecca Koncinzcy, J J Nattrassah, and Ashleigh Rainbird
- Noel Gallagher donates ALL profits from Don’t Look Back In Anger to charity… despite Liam’s digs after One Love – mirror.co.uk – 6 June 2017 – by J J Nattrassah and Ashleigh Rainbird