Chris Martin thanks Noel Gallagher for being at Manchester benefit concert 'in spirit'
Despite rumors that Oasis would reunite at Sunday’s One Love Manchester benefit show, only one member — Liam Gallagher — showed up for a surprise appearance. While Gallagher called his brother and former bandmate Noel a “sad f—” for not attending, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin offered some words of appreciation for Noel following the show, where he covered Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger” with his own band before later joining Liam on guitar and backup vocals for “Live Forever.”
“Thank you @noelgallagher for giving your blessing and encouragement to play don’t look back in anger and live forever on sunday,” Martin tweeted via the Coldplay account Tuesday. “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.” He also thanked Liam. “That was awesome,” he added.
Before Sunday’s concert, Noel’s spokesperson told U.K. publication The Independent that he couldn’t make it. “He’s been out of the country on a longstanding family trip since before the concert was announced and is unable to attend,” the rep said in a statement. “Needless to say he is very supportive of the event and wishes everyone huge success on the day.”
But Liam was less understanding of Noel’s absence: “Manchester id like to apologise for my brothers absence last night very disappointed stay beautiful stay safe,” he tweeted Monday. “Noels out of the f—ing country weren’t we all love get on a f—ing plane and play your tunes for the kids you sad f—.”
The two brothers’ relationship has been publicly hostile for years — in 2011, Liam sued Noel for statements he made about Liam pulling out of a show because he was hungover (the lawsuit was later dropped after Noel apologized) — and led to Oasis’ official break-up in 2009.
Watch Martin and Liam’s rendition of “Live Forever” at Sunday’s show above.