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Noel Gallagher Pledges to Donate “Don’t Look Back in Anger” Royalties to Manchester Fund

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Noel Gallagher presents the Mastercard British Album of the Year award on stage at The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

NME reports that OasisNoel Gallagher is donating royalties from his 1996 single “Don’t Look Back in Anger” to the Manchester Fund, which is dedicated to victims of last month’s bombing at Ariana Grande‘s concert. A representative for Gallagher confirmed the news to Pitchfork. The gesture was revealed by Radio X host Gordon Smart, who was defending Noel after he called his brother Liam a “sad fuck” for not contributing to the cause.

“I don’t think this is public knowledge because I’m sure he would never mentioned it, but I found out today that as soon as ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ started to appear spontaneously at the vigils, he made sure all the royalties went to the families,” Smart said.

“Don’t Look Back in Anger” had evolved into a cathartic hymn in the days following the attack. The song popped up in an impromptu sing-a-long at May 25’s St. Anne Square memorial. Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and Grande also performed the song during last Sunday’s benefit concert, where Liam popped up to do a stripped-down version of Oasis’ “Live Forever.”