Should there be an annual concert to benefit victims of terrorism?

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the hideous concert bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people leaving an Ariana Grande gig. Along with a national minute of silence in the UK and a singalong, there were some calls to establish an annual music event that would benefit victims of terrorism.

The idea was first floated by Andrew Roussos, father of Saffie, the youngest of the people killed last May. He told the BBC:

Mr Roussos, from Lancashire, said after losing Saffie his life “will never be OK again”.

“I dread the thought of Saffie’s life being remembered as a two-minute silence in a church service.

“I want to put on a concert for the world to stop and listen.”

Mr Roussos has already begun to contact some very big names for what he calls “a modern day Live Aid.” Calls have been put into the people representing U2, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. If he’s successful, the Lancashire Cricket Club has agreed to host the event on August 19.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Should there be an annual concert to benefit victims of terrorism?

  • May 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    That would be a phenomenal idea. Perhaps at least one in each continent, if not each country. All proceeds to the victims, regardless of where they’re from. I love the idea…


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