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Noel Gallagher: ‘Manchester Arena atrocity will take a while to heal’

Noel Gallagher has shared his upset at the Manchester Arena attack and his concern for Ariana Grande.
The former Oasis frontman is one of the English city’s most famous sons, along with his estranged brother Liam Gallagher, and he has now revealed how upset he is about the tragedy, in which 22 people were killed after an explosive device was detonated in the foyer of Ariana’s concert at Manchester Arena on Monday (22May17).
“Having played that arena and stood in that foyer… and being from Manchester… it’s dawning on you that it’s aimed at young music fans,” he explained to Radio X’s John Kennedy on Wednesday night (24May17).
“There are no words. I say that, there are words… unfortunately you can’t broadcast the words. But I suppose Manchester Arena will open again and, yeah, you have to keep going, you know.
“I mean, I don’t know what Ariana Grande is gonna do. I couldn’t imagine that. I don’t know what I would feel or how I would react. I mean, I’m pretty upset about it now, but if it was your fans… ”
When asked how he reacted to the news, like many people who live in the city or know people that do, Noel revealed he quickly checked up on his friends.
“First thing I did when I got up was text my friends in Manchester. But bar a couple of friends of friends who were in hospital and two very close shaves, all the people that I know didn’t get involved in it or weren’t caught up in it – so it was lucky in that sense,” he sighed. “But you know, I think this particular atrocity will take quite a while to heal.”
On Wednesday, Noel posted a poignant picture on Instagram of his bunch of keys complete with an ‘I heart Manchester’ keyring, with the simple caption, “NO WORDS.”
Noel’s interview on Radio X was part of a special radio programme dedicated to the songwriter/guitarist ahead of his 50th birthday on 29 May.

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