Johnny Marr joins Alicia Keys on stage in Manchester for ‘This Charming Man’

Alicia Keys brought Johnny Marr onstage last night (June 11) to cover The Smiths when she was performing in Manchester.

The American R&B star was headlining the city’s AO Arena when she invited the guitarist to join her on one of the band’s classic songs.

“I talked a lot about New York tonight,” Keys is said to have told the audience at one point during her set. “Now I want to talk about Manchester.” Marr then came out and joined her on a version of “This Charming Man.”

“Johnny Mar!” she yelled as the song neared its end and the big screen focused on the guitarist. Check out fan-made footage of the moment below.

Keys’ tour continues tomorrow (June 13) in London at The O2. Find any remaining tickets here.

Meanwhile, Marr will be supporting Pearl Jam next month at London’s biggest shows ever. The Seattle grunge act will headline BST Hyde Park and will be joined by former Smiths guitarist Temples, LIFE and more.

In March, Marr revealed that he had been working on new music with Modest Mouse – his first collaboration with the band since his stint as part of their lineup between 2006 and 2008.

“I played on that new Modest Mouse song, and there’s a few other things that go around that Isaac” [Brock]is writing,” he said in an interview. “Like Isaac said, air travel isn’t quite what it used to be. But hopefully I think I’ll jump on a plane when the world flips back on its axis.”

Speak with NME last year, Marr said he would love to be reunited with the group “one day.” “I’m not holding back — I just miss them,” he explained. “We have so much planned for the coming years. We’ve got the double album, touring and then I’m probably going to make another movie, but I should probably make a new record with Isaac. They are the only band I would be with again.”

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