Robbie launches tour in Manchester with defiant message

Robbie Williams took to the stage for the first two huge Manchester shows at the Etihad Stadium last night (June 2) and started the night with a defiant message to terrorists in the wake the Manchester bombing attack that took place last month.

After belting out 'Let Me Entertain You', he told the packed stadium, in true Robbie style: "We are Manchester and we are not f***ing scared!"

Robbie later became visibly emotional later in the show as he paid tribute to the victims the attack, including changing the lyrics to his hit song 'Strong' to say: "Manchester we're strong, we're still singing our songs."

He also dedicated 'Angels' to the 22 people who had lost their lives in the bombing, but he soon had to stop singing as he became too tearful and choked up to continue.

It's a good job the whole crowd knew every word and helped him along.

Many fans later shared their responses to the night on Twitter, telling Robbie he'd done the city proud and they were grateful for the tributes he'd paid:

The singer will be joining the star-studded One Love Manchester benefit gig tomorrow night (June 4), which has been organised by Ariana Grande after the attack took place following her concert in the city late last month.

They'll be joined by Little Mix, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Niall Horan, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Katy Perry and Take That.

The concert will air on BBC One and BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Manchester and will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple, Viacom, iHeart Media, ANC and TMC France.

The online streams will begin at 7pm on Sunday, May 4, while the BBC's TV coverage begins at 6:55pm and their radio broadcasts begin at 6:30pm.


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