U2's monumental The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour made its way to London this week, where for certain dates on the European leg of the tour, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is joining the Irish rockers in support. During their July 8 London show, Noel Gallagher himself joined U2 during their set, rendering a stunning version of the 1990s Oasis track "Don't Look Back in Anger" together.
"May you take us somewhere else, somewhere only you can," spoke Bono, before Liam joined them and they kicked into the song, alongside an entire stadium full of voices singing the words back to them. This is not Noel Gallagher's first collaboration with U2: during the band's 2015 London arena shows, Noel made an appearance on stage with U2 to play "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and a cover of The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."
In the wake of May's tragic terror attack in Manchester, "Don't Look Back in Anger" has become a song of hope throughout the UK, beginning with the crowd taking up the song during a memorial service for the bombing victims. During the One Love Manchester benefit, Coldplay performed the hit Oasis song with Ariana Grande, shortly before Noel's brother Liam Gallagher joined them on stage.
Liam again appeared on stage in the UK during the recent Glastonbury 2017 festival, where he performed "Don't Look Back In Anger" himself. Now, Noel and Bono have taken up the helm, as they dedicated the song to the people of the fellow UK city. Hailing from Manchester themselves, Oasis are both legends in the city, and a rallying point for those who were touched in some way by the bombing.