Liam Gallagher shows his Manchester pride.
Manchester, England native and Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher stepped in at the last minute to pay tribute at the Brit Awards to the victims of the Manchester bombing tragedy of 2017. The singer performed the Oasis fan favorite “Live Forever” in remembrance of those sadly lost.
Maybe I just want to fly I want to live I don’t want to die
Maybe I just want to breathe maybe I just don’t believe
Maybe you’re the same as me we see things they’ll never see you and I
You and I are gonna live forever
We’re gonna live forever
The bombing happened May 22nd, 2017 at Ariana Grande’s tour stop on her Dangerous Woman tour leaving 22 dead and hundreds injured. Unfortunately, Grande was unable to travel due to falling ill and was unable to perform at the awards ceremony, leaving Gallagher to step in at the last moment to remember those lost.
Brit Awards chief executive Geoff Taylor told the BBC of Grande’s absence,
“We think it’s really important to recognize that terrible atrocity and the impact on so many lives so I can confirm we did have Ariana Grande lined up to make a performance tonight. Unfortunately she was not able to travel on doctor’s orders, she’s not well, and I can say that there will be something tonight, I can’t say any more than that but people should tune in and watch. And hopefully it will be a fitting remembrance and recognition of what happened, which was so terrible.”
While Grande would be the smart choice as it was outside of her event that the bombing happened, it’s almost more fitting that a Manchester native was the one to pay tribute to the victims. As one attendee of the show tells People,
“He just brought the whole arena to their feet. Huge sing-along. Everyone in the U.K. knows and loves that song. Very emotional.”
Gallagher also performed the Oasis hit during last year’s One Love Manchester Benefit concert which makes the song and the show. all that much more fitting. Watch the performance to see Gallagher’s emotional performance.