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Well, here’s a duet we never thought would happen in real life: the notoriously at-odds frontmen of Oasis and Coldplay performing a song together. But last night, that’s exactly what happened, when Liam Gallagher and Chris Martin performed a touching acoustic version of “Live Forever” as part of One Love Manchester, a benefit concert for the families of victims of the May 22 Manchester terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

Featuring an emotional Grande alongside musical acts including Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry, the Manchester-born Gallagher made an unannounced appearance at the all-star concert, delighting fans. And while Coldplay and Grande performed the Oasis hit Don’t Look Back In Anger, which has been an unofficial anthem for Manchester since the tragedy, more surprising was Martin’s onstage appearance alongside Gallagher, which culminated in a handshake – and a sweet hug.

For those of you who don’t know the history here, this is kind of a big deal. Coldplay’s Martin and Oasis’ Gallagher have had… how to put this?… a fairly fraught relationship for years, precipitated by Gallagher’s continual negative comments about Coldplay’s music and frontman. (One particularly stinging barb from last year: Gallagher called Coldplay “beyond s**t” and compared Martin to “a vicar.” Ouch.) Honestly, we’re just glad that the two managed to put aside their differences this once in support of such a worthy cause, which sold out the 50,000 capacity venue within minutes and raised over $2.6 million over the span of the 3-hour concert.

Of course, the notoriously crusty Gallagher hasn’t completely changed his ways. While he managed to let go of his ire towards Martin and Coldplay, at least for one night, he also unleashed a major Tweet-storm on his brother Noel Gallagher, who was out of the country at a “family event” during the concert.


Ah, brothers. Some things never change.