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Johnny Marr joins Broken Social Scene for hometown gig

Rockers Broken Social Scene helped to lift the spirits of the people of Manchester, England on Tuesday (23May17) by inviting hometown hero Johnny Marr to join them onstage.
The Halfway Home stars kicked off their European tour as planned in the city, less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber targeted concert-goers outside an Ariana Grande show at Manchester Arena on Monday (22May17), killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.
Addressing the audience at the start of the Albert Hall gig, frontman Kevin Drew expressed his gratitude for fans’ attendance.
“Thank you for showing up,” he told the crowd. “Thank you for coming out tonight. What’s most important is tonight we’re here together, all of us. That’s what we can do, and that’s what we’re doing. So thank you, Manchester. We’re so happy – there’s no other place we’d rather be than here with you.”
Drew and his crew then surprised devotees by introducing a local “legend”, former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, to the stage to perform a poignant rendition of the Canadian band’s track, Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl.
Broken Social Scene are currently promoting the upcoming release of their first album in seven years, Hug of Thunder, which hits retailers in July (17).

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