Making surprise appearance, Liam Gallagher wows One Love Manchester concert with Oasis classics

Liam Gallagher (left) and Chris Martin performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert, on June 4, 2017.
Liam Gallagher (left) and Chris Martin performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert, on June 4, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER - Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher surprised the audience at the One Love Manchester benefit concert, for victims of the Manchester bombing  on Sunday (June 4).

Taking to the stage moments after British group Coldplay performed an uplifting rendition of Oasis song, Don't Look Back In Anger, Manchester-born Gallagher sang Oasis classics Rock n' Roll Star, his latest single Wall Of Glass, and was later joined by Coldplay on Live Forever.

One Love Manchester was put together by American pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert on May 22 at the Manchester Arena ended with 22 dead and more than 60 wounded after a man blew himself up with a nail bomb in the packed concert venue.

One Love Manchester was live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and over 30 television networks internationally, and featured a star-studded line up that included Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Take That, Robbie Williams and Miley Cyrus. The stars performed for free. Held at the Old Trafford cricket ground, the sold-out show drew over 50,000 concertgoers.

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Another surprise appearance during the event was the late addition of Mumford & Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford,  who opened the show with Timshel.

Grande, who headlined the concert, performed several of her own hits throughout the show and closed with an emotional rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

 

In a tweet early on June 5, the British Red Cross said that more than £2.35 million (S$4.18 million) was raised during the benefit concert, in addition to the £7.3 million already raised for its Manchester Emergency Fund.

It said the fund "will help alleviate immediate suffering and ensure victims and their families do not face short-term financial difficulties".