Many were left disappointed after rumours of a live Oasis reunion at Ariana Grande’s benefit show, One Love Manchester, turned out not to be true. Liam Gallagher swaggered out to give us a few classics, but his brother, Noel, was nowhere to be seen.
Oasis classic, “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, became an anthem for the people of Manchester after a crowd sang the song in tribute to the victims of the bombing at a vigil.
It turns out, however, that despite leaving fans – and Liam – unhappy for not appearing during the gig, Noel has been making hefty private donations to the families of those affected by the terror attack.
“I’ve seen some unpleasant headlines about Noel and why he never played the gig in Manchester at the weekend,” Radio X DJ Gordon Smart told NME.
“It’s only right to point out, and I don’t think this is public knowledge because I’m sure he would never mention it, but I found out today that as soon as ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ started to appear spontaneously at the vigils, he made sure all the royalties went to the families. That was before any gig was mentioned.
He added: “It seems wrong to me that Noel’s getting a hard time for a reunion he was never part of. It’s a shame any attention at all has been taken away from a really special occasion at Old Trafford. But there you go, true fact. He gave his blessing for the songs without any drama at all.
“Loads of amazing musicians from Manchester couldn’t play the gig, but none of them have been dug out. All that has come from that night is good will from most people.”
Noel is yet to confirm whether Smart’s claims are indeed true, and may never if he is trying to keep the donations under wraps.
One Love Manchester was the most watched BBC programme ever when it went live on Sunday 6 June, with 22.6million people watching at least three minutes of it during the course of the evening.
Ariana Grande has since released her cover of “Over The Rainbow” as a charity single, as well as re-released “One Last Time”.