Niall Horan Talks Manchester Bombing & Playing Ariana Grande's Tribute Show: Listen
When Ariana Grande asked Niall Horan to be part of her One Love Manchester benefit show for the Manchester Arena victims on June 4, his decision was a no-brainer. The two are good friends, but ultimately, the recently minted solo star wants to participate to give back to those who really need help in the wake of such a sad tragedy.
"It's a terrible thing that happened, but I'm glad that Ariana can pull some of her friends together and get up on stage and raise some needed money for the victims of a terrible attack," Horan said during an interview with Sirius XM's Mikey Piff on Tuesday (May 30). "I guess that's the least we can do as artists, is get up there and sing a few songs and try to put some smiles on some faces in that part of the world."
Horan's time in One Direction brought him to the famous U.K. venue a handful of times, which made the news of the tragedy hit home even more -- especially because of the fond memories he has from playing there.
"The crowds up there are unbelievable. Some of the best gigs you'll do are in Manchester," he said. "The crowds are crazy and always a great gig. I've played in that arena on many occasions and it's always a great gig, everyone else would tell you that."
Throughout the rest of the interview, Horan teased that an official video for his latest single "Slow Hands" is in the works, fanboyed over The Eagles' Don Henley, and talked about his Twitter lurking habits. Take a listen to some clips below.
Grande's benefit concert will also feature performances from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Usher and more. All net ticket proceeds from the show will go to the We Love Manchester emergency fund. Fans can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster beginning Thursday (June 1) at 10 a.m. BST here.