Though he wasn’t there to play the song with his brother and former Oasis bandmate Liam and Coldplay at the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday (June 4), Noel Gallagher is reportedly donating royalties from “Don’t Look Back In Anger” to the fund for the families of those killed and injured in the terrorist attack.
The news was shared by Radio X host Gordon Smart on Tuesday (June 6) that Gallagher had actually begun donating the royalties before the concert, after crowds began singing “Don’t Look Back In Anger” spontaneously at vigils for the victims.
An Oasis reunion was strongly rumored for the show but did not transpire as Gallagher was out of the country — drawing harsh words from his brother, who wrote on Twitter, “Manchester id like to apologise for my brothers absence last night very disappointed stay beautiful stay safe…Noel is 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.”
Coldplay, however, took a much friendlier tact, tweeting thanks to Gallagher “for giving your blessing and encouragement to play don’t look back in anger and live forever on Sunday…everyone knew in advance you couldn’t be there physically so thank you for being there in spirit…and for lending us those incredible songs.”
Gallagher is working on his next album with his current band High Flying Birds and will be supporting U2 during its “The Joshua Tree 2017” tour dates in Europe and South America this year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.