While performing for a crowd of 50,000 gathered at Old Trafford for the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert, Ariana Grande was joined by Coldplay for a rendition of Oasis’ classic hit, “Don’t Look Back In Anger.”
The song, which was written by Oasis in 1996 and reached the top of the U.K. charts shortly after its release, became an anthem for Manchester residents following the May 22 bombing of the Manchester Arena during one of Grande’s concerts, killing 22 people.
It was performed by students from Manchester’s Chetham’s School of Music the day after the attack, and was spontaneously sung by mourners after a moment of silence in the town’s city center.
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The crowd at Old Trafford joined Grande and Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin singing the track as lyrics were displayed onstage. After that performance, Coldplay paid tribute to the victims with a song of their own: “Fix You.”
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Liam Gallagher then came out and performed his band’s 1994 hit “Live Forever,” but fans hoping for an Oasis reunion were disappointed when Martin joined him on stage instead of estranged brother Noel Gallagher.
Coldplay and Grande were just some of the many pop stars who performed at “One Love Manchester,” a concert in which all proceeds are being donated to an emergency fund set up by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross. Other performers included Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, and Miley Cyrus, the latter of whom joined Ariana onstage for a duet performance of “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” the Crowded House hit that they covered in 2015.