Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis and now of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, played the We Are Manchester benefit show this past weekend, and it was an emotional journey to say the least.
This was the first gig to be played at the Manchester Arena since the attacks at the Ariana Grande show in May. At the vigil held for the Manchester-attacks, the crowd broke out in a chorus of “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, which struck a chord with Noel Gallagher. Before playing it at the show, Gallagher proclaimed, “If anyone here ever doubted that Manchester is the greatest city in England… there was a minute’s silence and one girl broke the silence and started to sing, and it’s amazing how everyone rallied around that song that I’m about to sing. It’s become some kind of anthem of defiance. And every time you sing, we win, so keep on singing.”
Watch the performance below…
While Gallagher usually maintains his hard exterior, he succumbed to his emotions during the end of the song, wiping away a few tears. And who wouldn’t be overcome by their emotions? It was a powerful moment seeing the entire audience sing along to this Oasis-track in unison.
And if we keep singing it, we win.