EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 28: Singer Bono of the band U2 performs during U2 'Joshua Tree Tour 2017' at MetLife Stadium on June 28, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey; BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Noel Gallagher of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds performs live for fans at the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest on March 27, 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia.

U2 launched the European leg of its The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary concert with a bit of Oasis on Saturday night (July 8) at Twickenham Stadium in London. 

The group closed the show by bringing out Noel Gallagher, the Oasis co-founder who’s opening U2’s European dates with his band the High Flying Birds, for a performance of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” with U2 frontman Bono dedicating the song to “the people of Manchester, Grenfell Tower, London Bridge,” all sites of recent tragedies.

“Don’t Look Back In Anger” has become an anthem for Manchester as the city recovers from a concert terrorist attack in May. “May you take this somewhere else, somewhere in the U.K.” Bono said at the beginning of the song.

Gallagher will be with U2 on all of its European dates, as well as on shows in Mexico and South America during October/

…In other U2 news, Bono revealed during the London concert that bassist Adam Clayton and his wife are expecting a new baby (Clayton’s second), and the group invited local first responders to attend one of the production rehearsals before the tour launch.


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