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