Broken Social Scene on moving forward with their Manchester show after Monday's bombing

Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew reports from London, England.
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Going to a music concert should be a time of joy and celebration, but this week, a show was the target of hate. Twenty-two people died following the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday. 

Broken Social Scene were set to play a show in Manchester the next night. As a band, what do you do in those circumstances — do you play your show or do you cancel? That's the situation the Toronto band found themselves in. And they decided to play. 

"To be honest, I knew if [guitarist Johnny Marr] came and played 'Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl,' we were doing the right thing," Drew says, of the British musician who joined them onstage at the last minute. "It was a very real evening." 

"It was a show that wasn't about us; it was about them," he continues. "We were really grateful that we were able to play, we were grateful to see a city the next day come together so strongly — it's something the band will never forget."

— Produced by Mitch Pollock


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