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04th Jun 2017

“Manchester, we’re strong” as Robbie Williams leads an emotional tribute at One Love Manchester

Paul Moore

The minute of silence was so powerful.

Despite happily acknowledging that his voice was pretty much gone, Robbie Williams did what he does best when he took to the stage at Old Trafford.

After being greeted by his friends at Take That, the singer opened his set with his ballad Strong, but he put an emotional and Mancunian twist on the lyrics.

To begin with, the minutes silence in memory of the victims was incredibly moving as 50,000 people united to honour those people that tragically lost their lives.

Rather than start with a bombastic opening, Marcus Mumford gauged the mood perfectly by delivering a spine-tingling version of the haunting Mumford and Sons track, Timshel.

The lyric “together we will stand and we’ll hold your hand” seems more poignant than ever after hearing this.

After Take That delivered a really strong set, it was time for Robbie to take the stage and he didn’t disappoint.

Regardless if you’re a fan of his music or not, it does take a talented performer to unite 50,000 people in song – especially since his voice was clearly waning as he happily admitted.

Take a look.

You can watch the whole concert here.

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