Just one day after the traumatic terror attack in Manchester, Broken Social Scene kicked off their tour in the very same city and welcomed local icon Johnny Marr to join them on stage.
A blast inside a Manchester music venue killed 22 people – many of which included young children – and injured 59 more after suicide bomber named as Salman Abedi detonated the fatal homemade device at the end of a Ariana Grande concert.
“Tonight, we play for the hearts of Manchester….,” the band posted on Facebook prior to their show at the Albert Hall before opening the night by playing ‘Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl’, taken from the band’s 2002 album You Forgot It In People.
“Thank you for showing up. Thank you for coming out tonight,” they said. “What’s most important is tonight we’re here together, all of us. That’s what we could 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. To start this show, to show you how we love your town, there’s a man who I love dearly who’s come out to play for you. He is your city, he is your legend, please give it up for Mr. Johnny Marr.”