Phoenix man plays keyboard at One Love Manchester benefit concert

Buddy Strong, of Phoenix, gave a look at the One Love Manchester benefit concert from the stage.

PHOENIX – It was an emotional and memorable night in Manchester Sunday, and a Phoenix man got to experience it from the stage.

About 50,000 people came together for Ariana Grande’s One Love benefit concert to raise money for the victims and families of the Manchester suicide bomb attack that happened less than two weeks ago.  

The all-star concert included other performances by Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Coldplay.

Buddy Strong, a keyboardist, has been performing with Grande throughout the Dangerous Woman Tour.

He posted a video of the crowd to Twitter and Instagram Sunday, showing a massive sea of screaming concertgoers.

The small snippet of video captured the impassioned and uplifting vibe of the event despite the tight security. 

It was Grande’s first performance since the May 22 attack, which left 22 dead and more than 100 injured as they left the singer’s concert at Manchester Arena. The youngest victim was 8.

According to Variety, the concert brought $2.6 million in donations over its approximately three-hour run. 

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