Noel Gallagher has spoken out on the use of Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ as a response to the Manchester terror attack that took place in May, he told the current issue of Q that he was left “speechless” after watching a vigil break into the song following a minute’s silence.
He said “It’s about a woman who’s watching her life drift past but she’s raising a glass to it and saying ‘you know what, I’ve no regrets.’ Post Manchester, it’s become this anthem of defiance. It hit me like a fucking anvil when I was watching the news (the vigil for the victims). There’s the minutes silence, and all these people are there in their own thoughts, and that girl decides she’s going to bring everybody together and sing that song. Everybody knew the words, and everybody joined in. It was an incredible moment, really touching. I was like ‘fucking hell’ . I didn’t know what to say.
I’m glad that I’m not the over-emotional type, so I can do it every night. Because the night leading up to the (reopening of Manchester arena), I was nervous about singing it, because it might hit me halfway through. You live for those moments where something is happening. On the other hand you’re thinking ‘I wish it was never taking place. ‘ I guess from now on in Manchester it will forever be associated with that. I’m OK with it.”