With the love and devotion from her fans and a fearless spirit, Ariana Grande resumed the Dangerous Woman Tour in Paris, just two-and-a-half weeks after the horrific tragedy that took place at her show at Manchester Arena. And yes, it brought on all the emotions.
Ari paid tribute to the 22 people whose lives were lost after a bomb went off right after her concert concluded on May 22, 2017, with a massive benefit show, One Love Manchester, just days later. Tons of her celeb friends like Miley Cryus, Niall Horan, Justin Bieber and Little Mix all took to the stage to sing for the strong people of Manchester. However, when the tour picked back up again, it was just Ariana out there. At One Love Manchester, she sang a truly heartbreaking beautiful version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and on her first night back in the swing of things, she decided to incorporate this powerful moment into her Dangerous Woman tour set, with the black bunny-eared ribbon behind her. It has become a symbol of hope, strength, bravery, loss and love that Ariana's fans and everyone all over has come to associate with the tragedy and healing process of what happened at that show in Manchester.
Ariana spoke to Coveteur about her emotional tour and why she had no choice but to continue with it. She said that canceling the last leg of it was just not an option. Ari explained, "I don’t think I’ve been through anything as traumatic as we’ve been through. So…[tour] can be a lot. Calling it off and going home was not an option. The message of the show was too important. For the crew and everyone involved, it’s become more than just a show for us. We are really grateful to be here and really grateful for this show."
Ariana released her cover of the classic Wizard of Oz song, and all proceeds will go to help all those who were affected by the events that took place that night. She is also re-released her song "One Last Time" too, another song that has taken on a whole new meaning since the attacks. She sang it at her show in Paris too, saying "this one is for my 22 angels," and it was obviously an emotional moment for Ariana and everyone in the crowd. She got through the song, with the help of her passionate fans who wanted to let her know they have her back, always.
Before she took to the stage that first night back, the songstress shared a photo of the Eiffel Tower on Instagram, letting everyone know that she was ready to perform again, still thinking about those who have been by her side during this truly difficult time.
"First show back tonight. Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart. ☁️ ♡ 🙏🏼 Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you I love you," she wrote.
Ariana made her comeback with more strength and courage than ever before.
This post was originally published on June 8, 2017, and has since been updated.