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Simple Minds pay tribute to Ariana Grande fans at Manchester concert

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr would have felt “cowardly” if he and his bandmates cancelled their Tuesday night Manchester, England gig following a bombing in the city.
The Belfast Child rockers hit the Bridgewater Hall stage less than 24 hours after 22 people were killed in a terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena as music fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert, and Kerr told the audience he considered pulling the plug on the show.
“This morning when we woke there was a decision to be made: ‘Do we play or do we cancel and leave town?'” he said after thanking fans for attending the show in the wake of the tragedy. “I’m sure if we had done that everybody would have understood… but we would have felt cowardly just leaving town.”
Kerr added, “Every night at this time we welcome people and say thanks for coming to see Simple Minds. No change tonight. But tonight obviously is different; the events last night made it so tragically so.”
The band then stood at the front of the stage as the frontman urged fans to “meditate”.
“We’re gonna play a bit of music and think about the victims of last night and their families.”
Take That have scrapped a three-night run set for later this week at the Manchester Arena following the bombing.

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