Johnny Marr this week made it official, formally announcing his long-discussed plans to pen a memoir, saying the book will be published in fall 2016 — three years after bandmate Morrissey’s much-buzzed “Autobiography.” No title has been announced for Marr’s book, but it will be published by Century.
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On tour last year, Johnny Marr introduced a surprise to his encore set: a cover of Depeche Mode’s 1993 single “I Feel You.” Now, for Record Store Day, Marr is releasing a studio version of that cover as a limited-edition 7-inch single, backed by a live cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.”
It’s no secret that Morrissey fans are among the most devoted in modern music, which is why this is such a delightful find: “Love Bites,” a 38-minute documentary about the ex-Smiths frontman’s fans from 1995, filmed largely on Moz’s “Boxers” tour of the U.K. that February.
The prospects of The Smiths all gathering in the same room — forget about a live performance, just getting the four together behind a podium would have been a miracle — were dashed early Tuesday when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced next year’s inductees, a list that did not include the first-time nominees.
Johnny Marr on Monday canceled the remainder of his U.S. tour dates over a “serious close family illness” this week, while Morrissey revealed in an interview that he’s written a new album and will record the follow-up to “World Peace Is None of Your Business” in February.
With Johnny Marr’s North American tour in support of the just-released Playland now entering its second half, the ex-Smiths guitarist has begun spicing up his encore set — already featuring some choice classics from his former band’s catalog — with a cover of Depeche Mode’s 1993 guitar rocker “I Feel You.”
With his North American tour now about halfway done, ex-Smiths guitar hero Johnny Marr this week released the second music video off his recently released solo LP Playland, a performance clip (directed by Ben Thornley & Mat Bancroft) that you can watch here.
After six years of eligibility, The Smiths were nominated today for induction as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, joining a list of nominees that includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the late Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Sting and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Turns out those Johnny Marr tour dates that were posted to the ex-Smiths guitarist’s Facebook page prematurely last month weren’t wrong, they were just incomplete. Now, though, Marr has confirmed the full 30-date North American tour late this fall in support of Playland.
Johnny Marr, legendary guitarist and co-founder of The Smiths, will follow up his U.K. tour this fall with a return to the U.S. just before Thanksgiving for a 17-date trek that will keep him on the road up through Christmas in support of his forthcoming solo album Playland.
Johnny Marr, the legendary co-founder, guitarist and songwriter for The Smiths, today debuted the first track off what’s being billed as his second solo album, the 11-song Playland, which is due out Oct. 6/7 via Warner Music.
Saturday night, Johnny Marr brought a special guest on stage for the encore of his concert in Portsmouth, England: Robyn Hitchcock, who helped Marr perform the Smiths classic “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and Hitchcock’s own “Tell Me About Your Drugs.”
Johnny Marr returns this October with what’s being billed as his sophomore solo album, the 11-song Playland, a collection of new music built “around a common theme of ‘songs that move at the speed of life’” that arrives just 18 months after the release of his first official solo record, The Messenger.
Check out recently shared covers of classic songs by Echo & The Bunnymen (“The Killing Moon”), The Smiths (“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”) and Duran Duran (“The Chauffeur”) by Lydia Loveless, Cloud Boat and Warpaint, respectively.