Monday 21 August 2017

'So many little ones attended our shows' - Ariana Grande's drummer speaks out about Manchester terror attack

Ariana Grande's drummer Aaron Spears has said the band is still in disbelief. Pic: Aaron Spears / Instagram.
Ariana Grande's drummer Aaron Spears has said the band is still in disbelief. Pic: Aaron Spears / Instagram.
A sign saying 'Ariana we love you' is left in the street on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A woman hands out flowers during a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, last night. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Sasha Brady

Ariana Grande's drummer has said the "weight associated with the lives lost will live with us all forever", following the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The popstar had just finished her performance at the sold-out 21,000 capacity venue and was walking back to her dressing room with her band when the explosion happened.

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured.

Her drummer Aaron Spears has publicly spoken about the shock and disbelief they experienced in the aftermath of the tragedy.

A sign saying 'Ariana we love you' is left in the street on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A sign saying 'Ariana we love you' is left in the street on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

"We finished the show and were walking back to our dressing rooms and boom," he wrote on Instagram.

"We could hear people panicking. We had no idea what was happening. There was all kind of speculation as to what was going on. Like five minutes after getting to the room, security came in and informed us that we had to evacuate the building immediately."

He added: "It was then that we realised that this was serious. Initially we thought that the sound was all kinds of things but it didn't hit that this was a bomb until we were evacuated and they told us exactly what was going on.

"It's so heartbreaking because so many little ones attended our shows. I just keep thinking about them. I'm extremely thankful that no one on the touring crew was physically hurt but this painful memory and the weight associated with the lives lost will live with us all forever. I'm still just in disbelief. It's so surreal."

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Spears previously had posted on the social media site that "everyone on the tour was ok" following the attack, and asked people to "please pray for the families of the people who were injured and suffered loss".

Grande is yet to make a final decision on whether to proceed with her scheduled concerts at London's O2 Arena this week the venue said, after widespread reports that the singer had cancelled her European tour.

The O2 said a final announcement would be made clear on the London leg of the Dangerous Woman tour when they had the full information.

A woman hands out flowers during a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, last night. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A woman hands out flowers during a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, last night. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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