Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher paid homage to the victims of a suicide bombing in his home town, telling the crowd “Manchester I love you” on a stage lit up by 22 candles, British media reported.
Britain’s worst militant attack in 12 years targeted an Ariana Grande pop concert in the northern English city last week.
Gallagher ended his first solo concert on Tuesday with an acapella version of “Live Forever”, one of the biggest hits of the 90s group he fronted alongside brother Noel.
Gallagher will donate the proceeds from the performance to a fund supporting the victims and applauded when the crowd chanted “Stand up for the 22.”
“I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time,” Gallagher told the Manchester Evening News upon announcing the benefit show. “It’s outrageous. Just so sad. What can you do? It’s just f**king out of order. There are kids and people dying all over the world. And for what?”
“In total shock and absolutely devastated about what’s gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family’s involved LG x” he tweeted after the attack.
—With files from Katie Scott