Manchester V Cancer - MEN Arena - 28.1.06

It was billed as an event that was to see the reunion of the Smiths and one with New Order headlining in the name of raising £1 million for Christies. On the night, the event organised by Andy Rourke, saw Rourke and Marr tackle a version of the Smiths "How Soon Is Now", an ensemble take on the Monday's "Wrote For Luck" and New Order go through a series of Joy Division classic. Inbetween the likes of Doves, Elbow, Nine Black Alps and Stephen Fretwell entertained the crowd as well as guest spots from comedian John Thompson and Frank Sidebottom.

The Manchester V Cancer show is set to be an annual event each year and maybee a few years down the line we may get Rourke, Marr and Morrissey sharing the same stage. Below our photographer Andy Stubbs provides a series of classic shots from the show

Earlier on before the show, Karen McBride caught many of the bands and artists on camera as they were signing Line 6 guitars for auction at a later date to raise further proceeds for Christie's. Whether it's the playful demeanour of Elbow's Guy Garvey, the serious plaintive look of Andy Rourke or comedian John Thomspom wishing he was a rock star each of their personalities shine out. Keep an eye out on the Manchester V Cancer website as these guitars could be yours!!!

Live Photos: Andy Stubbs

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Comedian John Thompson and two of the guitars up for auction

Andy Rourke and Elbow

Coronation Street stars drop in

Domino Bones

Badly Drawn Boy

Nine Black Alps

Stone Roses and Primal Scream bassist Mani