Take That have donated all the profits from their latest gig to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.
The three-piece band were supposed to play at the Manchester Arena on a three-night run in the days after a suicide bomb left 22 people dead and 102 injured, when he attacked as Ariana Grande fans were leaving the show.
Take That cancelled their gigs out of respect for the victims, but last night got back on stage at the Liverpool ECHO arena, where they made the generous gesture.
— Skittlesleigh (@Leighan70422967) May 27, 2017
Gary Barlow told thousands of Take That fans:
We should have been playing Manchester tonight, as you all know. Tonight is dedicated to the people of Manchester. We are to dance. To sing. To party.
We want to say an enormous thank you to all you guys out there that have come back, I know we were meant to play here on Tuesday.
Gary continued, making a plea for people to share photos from the gig:
Just so everyone knows, I’ve been watching social media this week and we are being watched by the world tonight. Our fans from all round the world are watching us here.
Please everybody post as many pictures as you can. I want those great vibrations heard around the world. Dance, clap, sing and have the night to remember.
— Gary Barlow (@GaryBarlow) May 26, 2017
Howard Donald shared a personal message, saying:
As you know I was born and raised in Manchester and I’ve never been so proud to be Mancunian.
The spirit of Manchester, the spirit of the North-West, the UK and the world over, it’s absolutely incredible.
Mark Owen then concluded:
We would like to dedicate tonight’s performance to everyone who has been affected by the events in Manchester last Monday night.
And all profits for tonight’s concert will be going to the I Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
The 90s supergroup cancelled the three concerts scheduled in Manchester this week, but will be combined those into one large stadium performance at the Eithad Stadium on Sunday, June 18, for those who had tickets for the Manchester Arena shows.
Following Monday’s tragic events, we are combining our postponed Manchester shows into one show at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 18th June.
— Take That (@takethat) May 26, 2017
A statement released by the trio read:
Following the tragic events at Manchester Arena on Monday 22nd May, Take That have announced that their three postponed shows for this week will now be played as one show at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 18th June.
This concert has been organised with a very short turn around thanks to the incredible support and professionalism of Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Council, the emergency services and the staff and box offices of Manchester Arena and their ticket agents.
All existing ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent over the next few days by email and given the choice to either exchange their ticket for Sunday 18 June or receive a full refund. Refunds are available until Thursday 1st June.
Waking up to the realisation that so many innocent people are dead! So sad and heartbroken for all involved.
Manchester I love you
— Howard Donald (@HowardDonald) May 23, 2017
The trio all paid their own individual tributes on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the terror attack.
As Manchester stays strong together in mourning, the people of Liverpool showed their support with I LOVE MCR banners and adornments across the Liverpool ECHO.
Our thoughts are with the bereaved at this devastating time.
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