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Gallagher gig for Manchester bomb families

Press Association logoPress Association 26/05/2017

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will perform his first-ever gig as a solo artist in Manchester, with profits to be donated to the families of the concert bombing victims.

He announced a string of solo shows on Twitter, and the money raised from the Manchester show on May 30 will be donated to the Manchester Evening News' British Red Cross appeal, which was set up to help relatives of those affected by the tragedy.

"I just knew I had to. I'm not in it for the money. The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can. I want to try and help pick people up," he told the paper.

Of Monday night's suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, the Manchester-born said: "It's outrageous. Just so sad. What can you do? It's just f***ing out of order. There are kids and people dying all over the world. And for what?"

"I'd gone to bed early - about 10pm - then got up in the morning to a text from my other brother saying what had gone on and I put the TV on. It's just unbelievable."

Tickets are also on sale for shows in Brixton, Dublin and Glasgow, which will take place in early June.

Oasis formed in Manchester in 1991 and was led by Gallagher and his brother Noel.

The band split up in 2009.

Gallagher's announcement came after video went viral of Manchester crowds spontaneously breaking into Oasis's 1990s hit Don't Look Back in Anger after a minute's silence for attack victims.

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