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Johnny Marr's Hyperactive Album

15th June 2014

Johnny Marr's new album is ''hyperactive''.The 50-year-old musician says the follow-up to last year's LP 'The Messenger' has been heavily influenced by his surroundings and he hopes it is a ''bit different'' to his recent...

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Johnny Marr Announces New UK Tour

3rd June 2014

Johnny Marr has announced a UK solo tour.The former Smiths musician is embarking on a series of live gigs this autumn, starting on October 13 in Lincoln and finishing up in Leeds on October 29.The...

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Brandon Flowers: Morrissey Is Like Elvis

17th May 2014

Brandon Flowers thinks Morrissey is like a modern-day Elvis Presley.The Killers frontman has been a fan of The Smiths for many years and admires their ''humour'' as well as musicianship.He said: ''The Smiths had the...

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The Things They Tweet: 4191806

12th May 2014

"Ok, Let's get the guitars out." Former The Smiths star Johnny Marr has suggested he and pal Noel Gallagher are planning to record a Manchester City victory anthem after watching their favourite soccer team clinch...

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Fascinating Fact: 4174822

30th April 2014

Guitarist Johnny Marr is recording a new solo album despite breaking his hand in a fall last month (Mar14). He is laying down vocal tracks and working with his backing band, and he hopes to...

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British Rockers Hit Out At Prison Guitar Ban

29th April 2014

Rockers included Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr are urging British politicians to reconsider a ban on steel-strung guitars in U.K. prisons.The instruments were outlawed in jails in November (13) as part of the government's changes...

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Johnny Marr Doesn't Want To Make Clever Music

27th March 2014

Johnny Marr doesn't want to make ''clever'' music with ''depth''.The former Smiths guitarist launched his solo career last year and was adamant he wanted to fill his album 'The Messenger' with songs that made people...

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Guitarist Johnny Marr Breaks Hand

12th March 2014

Rocker Johnny Marr's upcoming tour dates have been thrown into jeopardy following news the former The Smiths star has broken his right hand while running in London.The guitarist reveals the accident occurred last week (ends07Mar14),...

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Morrissey And Johnny Marr Were Held For Inciting Riot At Canada Gig

12th March 2014

The Smiths stars Morrissey and Johnny Marr were once detained by officials and accused of inciting a riot following an explosive gig in Canada.The British band caused frenzied scenes when they played a show in...

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Blondie To Receive Nme Godlike Genius Award

4th February 2014

Blondie are set to receive the NME Godlike Genius Award. The 'One Way Or Another' hitmakers will be recognised for their musical genius at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas on Wednesday, February...

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The Smiths' Drummer Mike Joyce Wants A Reunion

3rd January 2014

The Smiths' former drummer Mike Joyce insists he will never read Morrissey's autobiography. The 50-year-old musician was with the band until they split in 1987 and later sued Morrissey and Johnny Marr over unpaid royalties,...

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Johnny Marr Brands Haim 'Idiots' Over David Cameron Photo

19th December 2013

Rocker Johnny Marr has warned sibling trio Haim to be careful who they are friends with, insisting they made fools of themselves by posing for a photograph with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.The Wire hitmakers...

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Fascinating Fact: 3958011

17th November 2013

Guitarist Johnny Marr staged a mini-The Smiths reunion onstage in New York on Saturday night (16Nov13) when he introduced former bandmate Andy Rourke to join him at the Webster Hall in Manhattan. The bassist accompanied...

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Johnny Marr Signs Memoir Deal Following Morrissey's Success

15th November 2013

Rocker Johnny Marr has signed a deal to publish his memoirs following the success of his one-time bandmate Morrissey's tell-all tome.Morrissey's book, titled Autobiography, became the fastest-selling rock book in history following its release last...

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Johnny Marr Linked To Cartoon Takedown Case

10th October 2013

Former The Smiths star Johnny Marr has been named as the man behind a legal battle against an online cartoon strip.Bosses at Universal Music have sent a lawyer's letter to graphic designer Lauren LoPrete, who...

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Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey To Publish Memoirs As 'Penguin Classic'

By Michael West | 4th October 2013

Morrissey appears to have ended his dispute with publisher Penguin and will finally release his memoir, titled Autobiography, as part of the Penguin Classics range on October 17, 2013.According to a statement from the publisher,...

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Johnny Marr Won't Dismiss The Smiths' Legacy

30th September 2013

Johnny Marr admits it would be ''churlish'' to dismiss his time in The Smiths.The legendary guitarist - who has had a long-running feud with his former songwriting collaborator Morrissey - insisted he doesn't take his...

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The Things They Say: 3874736

20th September 2013

"The oddest one was that Russian girl duo t.A.T.u. who did a version of How Soon Is Now? That was puzzling. It was all right, trite pop, but there's a place for that." Former The...

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The Things They Say: 3871176

17th September 2013

"I've always had a blind spot to the music of Queen... I'm sure they're nice fellas but it never did anything for me at all. Perhaps it's because it's very choral and written on piano....

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Bestival 2013: Snoop Dogg, Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr & The Knife Rock The Boat

By Lauren James | 9th September 2013

Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event....

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Johnny Marr Leads Jon Brookes Tributes

14th August 2013

Johnny Marr has led the tributes to The Charlatans' late drummer Jon Brookes.The 'One to Another' musician died yesterday morning (13.08.13) aged 44 after a battle with brain cancer, and the former Smiths star has...

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The Things They Say: 3813882

14th August 2013

"Such sad news about the death of Jon Brookes. Like all of The Charlatans Jon was one of the good guys. Love and respect". The Smiths veteran Johnny Marr pays tribute to British drummer Jon...

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Johnny Marr Tells The Smiths Fans: 'Get A Hobby'

12th August 2013

Former The Smiths star Johnny Marr has warned fans of the long-defunct band to give up hope of a reunion and get a hobby instead.The iconic group split in 1987 and is regularly subject to...

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Fascinating Fact: 3749215

8th July 2013

New Order star Bernard Sumner joined Johnny Marr onstage at Manchester, England's Live From Jodrell Bank festival on Sunday (07Jul13) for a mini-Electronic reunion. Sumner, who headlined and curated the event with his bandmates, performed...

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Britain's Isle Of Man Festival Axed

24th June 2013

A British music festival set to feature rockers Primal Scream and former The Smiths star Johnny Marr has been axed due to poor ticket sales.Singers Paloma Faith and Laura Mvula were also part of the...

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Liam Gallagher Wants The Smiths To Reform

14th June 2013

Liam Gallagher wants The Smiths to reform.The Beady Eye frontman would love to see Morrissey and Johnny Marr end their feud and rejoin Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce for a tour, which would be the...

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The Things They Say: 3688401

26th May 2013

"They've grown up with it and they know it's not easy. They know it's not limousines and expensive clothes; it's getting in a van and driving for five hours to the next gig. I like...

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Johnny Marr And Andy Rourke Reunite Onstage In New York

5th May 2013

Former The Smiths bandmates Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke reunited onstage in New York on Friday night (03May13) to run through their old group's hit How Soon Is Now.Marr has been performing the classic track...

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Fascinating Fact: 3603713

13th April 2013

Johnny Marr completed his first solo set at the Coachella festival in California on Friday evening (12Apr13) with an off-pitch rendition of his former band THE SMITHS' How Soon is Now.

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The Killers' Record Company Revenge

9th March 2013

The Killers were turned down by every major record label in the US. The 'Somebody Told Me' band found it hard to get a deal in their home country at the start of their career,...

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