Nelson Mandela Dies – Rockers React
Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Mandela, who was South Africa’s first black president, was a symbol against racial oppression over the past few decades, and has been championed by various rock stars since the ’80s.
Before he became South Africa’s first black president, Mandela spent 27 years in prison for treason. Throughout the ’80s, artists like U2, Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel campaigned for his release, which finally came in 1990. U2’s theme song for a new biopic about Mandela was recently released.
Musicians have been reacting on Twitter and Facebook since news broke of Mandela’s death. Here are some reactions:
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
— The Who (@TheWho) December 5, 2013
"It always seems impossible until its done." RIP Nelson Mendela @NdabaMandela
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world…..
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. He changed the way the world thought. What a great, great man.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson!! "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." NM
— T O M M Y L E E (@MrTommyLand) December 5, 2013
Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left.
— Slash (@Slash) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela: A man of principle who lived by his beliefs and changed a country and the world. pic.twitter.com/7efPOFojRm
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela sadly passed away. A sad day. A great man.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) December 5, 2013
His impact on humanity was immeasurable. A sad day for the whole world as together, we mourn the loss of the man… http://t.co/fmOD6iEUEs
— Meat Loaf (@RealMeatLoaf) December 6, 2013
The world should and likely will never forget Nelson Mandela. He left it much better than he found it #RIPNelsonMandela
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) December 6, 2013
We lost an incredible man, "Nelson Mandela" #RIP
— A S H B A (@DjASHBA) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela : your love and light has moved mountains: The world has lost a messenger a shining… http://t.co/WS5A8njVPN
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) December 6, 2013
— Queen Official (@QueenWillRock) December 6, 2013