Johnny Marr Takes ‘The Messenger’ Out on Tour
Last week, it was announced that Johnny Marr would be a part of Coachella’s unofficial Britpop Revue this year along with Blur and the Stone Roses, and it looks like he’s decided he might as well showcase his guitar skills around North America while he’s on this side of the Atlantic.
The former Smiths’ guitarist will kick things off with a show supporting New Order at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on April 11, the day before his gig at the first weekend of Coachella. Then, he will play his first headlining show April 15 at Neumos in Seattle and remain on the road through a May 4 show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Other cities on the schedule include Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, new York and Brooklyn.
His other Coachella appearance is on April 19, and he will play a second show as support for New Order on April 18 at the County Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Marr will be supporting his new solo album, The Messenger, which will be released later this month. The record is technically his first solo album, as the last record that included his name was credited to Johnny Marr and the Healers. In a recent interview with TIME, Marr is asked if he consciously made the new album sound like his work with the Smiths.
“The thing about this record is I only had a few considerations and one of those was that it had to be natural and to not overthink things and to do the things that come naturally and not try to reinvent my own wheel,” he said. “I was more interested in connecting with the person that I was before the Smiths. I would say – if I had to put a label on it – it was half the groups before the Smiths and the rest of the groups after the Smiths.”