Liam Fray: Manchester Attack Proved Music Can Be Defiant

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Liam Fray of Courteeners on Manchester

The frontman tells Gordon Smart that the city’s response to the terror attack made him feel proud.

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The Courteeners frontman tells Radio X’s Gordon Smart that the city’s response to the terror attack last month made him “proud to be a Mancunian”.

It’s been an eventful few weeks for Courteeners. The Manchester band were scheduled to play a triumphant homecoming show on 27 May, but events overtook them following the terrorist attack in the city after an Ariana Grande concert earlier in the week.

The concert still went ahead at the Emirates Old Trafford that Saturday, putting Courteeners on the world stage by playing the first big music event to take place in Manchester following the tragedy.

Watch Liam Fray play a stunning solo version of the Courteeners hit Not Nineteen Forever:

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Liam Fray - Not Nineteen Forever

Live on Gordon Smart's Radio X Evening Show 20 June 2017.

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Speaking to Radio X’s Gordon Smart, frontman Liam Fray reflected on his feelings about the incident.

He said: “When something of that magnitude happens in the place where you’re from… gigs and records and tours, all of that just stops. The [Old Trafford] gig went to the back of my mind. But people said, no no - you need to carry on doing the gigs. Not just us, in general.

“It’s all about the families who lost people and you can’t really compare music to something like that.

“But music IS powerful, when you see that many people out there and they have their arms round each other, that togetherness and that community. It felt like one big act of defiance."

Watch Liam Fray play Don't Look Back In Anger at the Old Trafford show:

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Liam Fray performs Don't Look Back In Anger

The incredible moment @What_Liam_Said performed Don't Look Back In Anger to 50k Manchester fans...

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“It made me really proud to be a Mancunian.”

Liam Fray was talking to Gordon Smart and took time to play a few acoustic songs in the studio:

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Liam Fray - Lullaby

Live on Gordon Smart's Radio X Evening Show 20 June 2017.

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