Morrissey, for some reason, posted an open letter to Johnny Marr on his website today imploring his former Smiths bandmate to stop mentioning his name in interviews.
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Johnny Marr returned this week with new music, debuting “Spirit Power & Soul” off his upcoming 4-song EP Fever Dreams Pt. 1. You can hear the song via the video below, and the EP — out Oct. 15 — is available for preorder digitally and as on limited-edition silver vinyl. Check out the song right here.
Here’s a free guitar lesson from Johnny Marr in the form of an advertisement for Fender guitars and amps. The former Smiths guitarist uses this 8-minute video to first perform then teach viewers how to play “The Headmaster Ritual,” the iconic opening track to 1985’s Meat is Murder. Watch it right here.
The complete take of The Smiths’ first known recording — a bedroom tape featuring Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey performing The Cookies’ “I Want A Boy For My Birthday” in August 1982 — appeared online Sunday, courtesy of an early associate of the band. Hear the full song right here.
Johnny Marr has seemingly shot down the latest rumor of a reunion by The Smiths, replying on Twitter to a fan’s question about the report of a 2020 tour by the long-defunct band –“Is this crap, mate?” — by simply saying, “Nigel Farage on guitar.” Full details of the alleged reunion rumor right here.
Johnny Marr has been known to invite his lifelong friend Billy Duffy onstage during his solo shows, and a few nights ago in Manchester, The Cult guitarist returned the favor, bringing the ex-Smiths guitarist out in Manchester to play “Rain,” off his band’s 1985 album Love. See footage of it right here.
Though he’s still out touring in support of last year’s full-length Call the Comet, Johnny Marr, has now released his second new, non-album single of the year, following up February’s synth-splashed “Armatopia” with “The Bright Parade,” a guitar-heavy rocker. Check it out right here.
A pair of legendary Manchester musicians — New Order’s Bernard Sumner and The Smiths’ Johnny Marr — shared the stage in Athens, Greece, on Sunday for a one-song reunion of their former band Electronic, performing the 1991 single “Get the Message.” Watch it right here.
Johnny Marr today announced that he’s being forced to postpone the first three dates of his upcoming North American tour — concerts in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C. — “with much sadness and frustration” over visa issues. Full details and full tour itinerary right here.
It’s been a big week for Johnny Marr, first with the announcement of a new round of North American touring in support of his third solo album Call the Comet, and now the release of a new non-album single: the synth-splashed, Electronic-reminiscent “Armatopia.” Check it out right here.
Former Smiths guitar slinger Johnny Marr today announced plans for a second round of touring in North America behind his third solo album, Call the Comet, following up dates last September and November with 19 new dates in the U.S. and Canada in April and May. See full dates here.
In August 1982, Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey went into Manchester’s Decibelle Studios to record the first two songs they’d written together, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and “Suffer Little Children,” both of which would appear on The Smiths’ debut two years later. Here some of that session here.
Last month, Johnny Marr brought his old friend Matt Johnson onstage in London to perform a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s 1966 single “Summer in the City” — their first time onstage together in 25 years. Turns out they also recorded a version of the song at soundcheck that night, and now have released it digitally.
Fans were thrilled to see Johnny Marr rejoin the The The fold for the band’s comeback single last year, but the ex-Smiths guitarist did not join Matt Johnson’s touring band for its first concert dates in 16 years this summer — presumably as he had his own album to promote. Tonight, though, they did perform together in London.