‘Manchester stands together’: Reactions to bombing from Johnny Marr, Peter Hook, more

Photo via Echo & The Bunnymen’s Instagram

Musicians and fans from around the world are standing in solidarity today with the people of Manchester, site of an Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing that killed at least 22 fans leaving an Ariana Grande arena concert last night.

Not surprisingly, some of that city’s most famed musicians — including Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order — have raised their voices, as well. (Hook reports his daughter attended the concert, and made it home safely.)

Manchester, no doubt, has a special place in the heart of the music fans who read this site, and we at Slicing Up Eyeballs extend our deepest condolences to anyone affected by this horrendous attack.

Below we’ve rounded up reaction to the bombing, via Twitter, from musicians including Alison Moyet, Robyn Hitchcock, The Waterboys’ Mike Scott, Midge Ure, Pet Shop Boys and more.


















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  • Manchester still has a special place in my heart all because of the bands I listen to are from there. Feeling VERY depressed about how many young and innocent lives are lost. I also have friends in Manchester and I really hope they’re safe.

  • Brett

    I’m a big fan of the Manchester music scene so this hits home even more. So sad to learn so many young lives were lost from this heinous and cowardly act. Hold strong Manchester…you WILL persevere and make it through this very difficult time.



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