French military rocker gets reward for Oasis song rendition

The French military band leader who performed a moving rendition of a hit by Manchester rock band Oasis before a England-France football game this week has been invited to a concert by songwriter Noel Gallagher, the promoters said Thursday.

Footage of military band leader Jean-Michel Mekil performing Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" at a recent England-France football match has gone viral in France © (AFP)

Footage of military band leader Jean-Michel Mekil performing Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger" at a recent England-France football match has gone viral in France © (AFP)

The French military band leader who performed a moving rendition of a hit by Manchester rock band Oasis before a England-France football game this week has been invited to a concert by songwriter Noel Gallagher, the promoters said Thursday.

Before the match at the Stade de France on Tuesday, Jean-Michel Mekil played "Don't Look Back in Anger" in memory of the victims of the suicide bombing in Manchester on May 22 that killed 22 people, including children.

The song, written by Gallagher for his former group Oasis, has become an anthem for victims of the bombing after being sung by a crowd in Manchester a few days after the attack.

The bespectacled Mekil's rendition on electric guitar and in full military uniform has gone viral in France.

He has now been invited him to one of the two concerts in July at the Stade de France when Noel Gallagher's current group High Flying Birds will support Irish superstars U2.

Promoters Live Nation say they currently have no plans for Mekil to play or sing with Gallagher at the concert.

"It's amazing. It will be fantastic to be in the audience to hear those songs," Mekil told AFP, who was playing in less starry surroundings on Thursday.

"Today I'm in Montlucon (in central France) for a ceremony with a police school, it's 35 degrees, and I was thinking it's not going to be so much fun today. But that is great news!"

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