Former Smiths guitarist’s intimate Limelight 1 show

Johnny Marr
Johnny Marr

THE former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has announced an intimate solo headline date at Limelight 1 for this March. Marr is set to release his debut solo effort The Messenger on February 22.

Tickets are on sale, priced £19.50 (excluding booking fee) from Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300

After leaving The Smiths in 1987, Marr has continued his career as an official member or touring guitarist for a diverse array of acclaimed bands including The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

Marr was a member of the Modest Mouse line-up which recorded the 2007 Billboard #1 album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, and of The Cribs when they hit the Top 10 with their 2009 album Ignore The Ignorant.

Marr has also guested on recordings by the Pet Shop Boys, John Frusciante, Talking Heads and Beck.

Marr has contributed vocals, guitar and production on the album, on which songs titles including ‘The Right Thing Right’, ‘I Want The Heartbeat’, ‘European Me’ and ‘Word Starts Attack’ are vying for inclusion. Recorded in Manchester and Berlin, it was mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Artwright who recently collaborated with Marr on the remastering work for The Smiths’ box set Complete.

Based in Portland, Oregon since 2005, Marr returned to the UK to commence work on ‘The Messenger’. Marr was first known for his work alongside Morrissey as the creative force behind The Smiths. Releasing four classic and highly influential studio albums and the live set Rank, all of which peaked at #1 or #2 on the album chart.

Countless musicians have cited Marr as a defining musical inspiration, most notably Noel Gallagher and Radiohead and his influence has continued to be recognised in recent years. Trinity College Dublin named him as an Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society alongside past patrons such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Bram Stoker. He has also earned Q’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo’s Classic Songwriter Award and the Inspiration Award at the Ivor Novellos (presented, respectively, by Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Bernard Butler of Suede and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos).