May 22, 2017: Musicians React to Manchester Attack

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Grande, pictured in an undated photo, with 18-year-old Georgina Bethany Callander, identified as the first victim

The bombing on May 22, 2017, outside of the Manchester (U.K.) Arena, just as a concert by Ariana Grande was ending, sparked an outpouring of grief from the artist community who were justifiably outraged by the cowardly act which targeted its innocent victims.

Many of the concertgoers included children, perhaps attending their first live concert of their young lives and it’s difficult to imagine the horror and emotional scars that they will carry.

Though Grande announced the cancellation of the rest of her tour, she returned to Manchester on June 4 for a magnificent #OneLoveManchester benefit concert. The event also included live performances by native son Liam Gallagher, plus Coldplay, Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus, among others.

On May 22, 2018, the first anniversary of the bombing, bells rang in Manchester for a full minute at precisely 10:30 p.m. to mark the exact moment of the attack.

In the hours and days following the tragedy, numerous classic rock stars and other entertainers, expressed their feelings via social media.

The Rolling Stones, via Facebook: The Rolling Stones are deeply shocked to hear about the appalling events in Manchester and send their condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.

Manchester native Liam Gallagher of Oasis…

Beatles reissues producer Giles Martin…

James Corden on CBS’ The Late Late Show: “When I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there, and I’m telling you a more tight-knit group of people you would be hard-pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people, a community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger.”

Meat Loaf (via Facebook): “My heart cries today, my love and prayers go out for the victims and their families, who lost loved ones at the Manchester Arena last evening. There are really no words I can every write, that will ever sooth the heartache of the families. To those who where at the Manchester Arena your lives have changed forever and not for the better. My Love to all of Manchester.”

From Blondie, who have postponed tonight’s (May 23) scheduled concert in London…

We’ve all attended hundreds–thousands–of public events, typically without fear. Don’t stop going to concerts, ballgames, movies, etc.! But please be vigilant. Here are listings of hundreds of classic rock tours taking place this year.

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