As Johnny Marr wraps up his U.S. tour in support of solo album The Messenger, he pulled a very special guest up on stage last night in Brooklyn: former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, who helped play “How Soon Is Now?” in an on-stage reunion of half of that legendary band.
As Marr says in his introduction:
“When I was 15 and formed one of the first bands with my best friend, he was at that time one of the best musicians I’d ever heard. We were just kids. Then, in 1982, I formed a band in Manchester, and I asked my best friend to come play the bass with me and he’s still one of the best musicians I’d ever heard. And tonight, 30 years later, I’m going to invite one of my best friends in the world and he’s still one of the best musicians I’ve ever heard. From the Smiths, Mr. Andy Rourke on the bass.”
Check out video of the performance below via verbalalchemy.
And, afterwards, Marr tweeted:
Big thanks and love to @andyrourke64 for playing with me at the Brooklyn show tonight. C-O-O-L.
— Johnny Marr (@Johnny_Marr) May 4, 2013
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