“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.”