Following the death of Tom Parker at 33, The Wanted fans are turning to the band’s music for solace.
The band’s final gig on their Most Wanted: The Greatest Hits UK reunion tour took place days before Parker’s death on March 17 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Band members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes performed the full concert of their greatest hits before the audience was surprised by its fifth member, Parker.
For the encore, all five members stood up from the stage on a platform that revealed Parker seated on a throne, surrounded by his bandmates. Parker was on stage to perform the band’s final two songs on their reunion tour, the first of which was “Gold Forever”. The roars of the crowd were overwhelming.
To wrap up their reunion tour, they performed their #1 hit, “Glad You Came.” McGuiness could be seen filming the moment on her phone before engaging in the members’ typical onstage shenanigans.
For his part, Parker sang the parts of the song he could, but when he couldn’t, he held out his microphone to the crowd who sang his verses to him.
Parker’s wife Kelsey posted an Instagram Story of the crowd chanting “we love Tom” as their two children, Aurelia, 2, and Bodhi, 1, looked on.
“It’s been an epic few weeks,” George wrote in an Instagram post on the tour’s final date. “One last show boy… You’re a real hero, mate. I can’t wait for the next tour with you.”
Parker missed some of the band’s early gigs on the tour while undergoing cancer treatment in Spain. A few days before the final performance, he returned to the stage on March 7 at The Wanted concert in Bournemouth.
A portion of the band’s ticket sales went to brain cancer research, which Parker has used his platform to champion.
The group originally went on hiatus in 2014. They had planned to reunite for their 10th anniversary in 2020 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. They announced their official return to the stage in early September 2021.
Parker was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor in the summer of 2020. His wife announced his death on March 30.
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