Johnny Marr Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

3rd February 2015

Quote: "I've started being late for things, which I'm not too pleased about. The band has started picking me up on it. It looks like I've turned into that guy I always said I wouldn't." Rocker Johnny Marr fears he is becoming a diva since his solo career took off.

14th October 2014

Fact: Former The Smiths star Johnny Marr is guest guitarist on Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher's upcoming new solo album, Chasing Yesterday.

12th May 2014

Tweet: "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 the English Premier League trophy on Sunday (11May14). Marr posted a photo of the two rockers at Sunday's 2-0 victory over West Ham United in

30th April 2014

Fact: 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 release the album in September (14).

17th November 2013

Fact: 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 Marr on two Smiths songs, How Soon Is Now? and Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want. It's the second time the two old pals have shared a New York stage together this year - Rourke performed with Marr at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn back in May (13).

20th September 2013

Quote: "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 Smiths star Johnny Marr was baffled by the Russian pop duo's cover of his band's signature song.

17th September 2013

Quote: "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. I just couldn't click with it. I like Brian May, I just don't like Queen." Former The Smiths star Johnny Marr isn't a fan of Queen.

14th August 2013

Quote: "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 Brookes, who lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday (13Aug13), aged 44.

8th July 2013

Fact: 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 Getting Away With It onstage with Marr

26th May 2013

Quote: "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 to think that I've taught them that it's not all about fame and money. It's about being great at something, purely for the sake of being great at it." Rocker Johnny Marr reveals his children, son Nile and daughter Sonny, are embarking on careers in music.

13th April 2013

Fact: 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.

30th January 2013

Quote: "People say to me, 'Do you dye your hair?' and I say, 'Well, does f**king Siouxsie Sioux? Does Bowie?'. Of course I'm going to have a decent haircut. It's one of the first things I learnt to do - get a few songs together and get your hairstyle right." Veteran British rocker Johnny Marr still looks after his hair.

3rd December 2012

Fact: Johnny Marr joined Dinosaur, Jr. onstage in New York at the weekend (01-02Dec12) as part of a star-studded celebration of the band's cult album You're Living All Over Me, which was released 25 years ago. The guitarist performed The Smiths hit The Boy With The Thorn In His Side with J Mascis and guests including Sonic Youth stars Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo, Frank Black and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Kurt Vile, according to

25th October 2012

Fact: Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is set to join grunge stars Dinosaur Jr. onstage in New York to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band's classic album You're Living All Over Me. Dinosaur Jr. will mark the occasion by performing the 1987 album in its entirety during the first part of their show at Terminal 5 in December (12).

2nd March 2011

Fact: Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is to release two solo albums before the end of 2012 - his first records under his own name since 2003's Boomslang.

3rd December 2010

Tweet: "David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don't. I forbid you to like it." Rocker Johnny Marr is infuriated to learn the British Prime Minister was a fan of his music.

11th August 2010

Fact: The Cribs rockers RYAN and GARY JARMAN have posed in drag for the cover of their new single, Housewife. But their guitarist, former The Smiths star Johnny Marr, refused to don a dress for the shot.

23rd September 2009

Quote: "It's not necessarily the case that we're not talking. We have email... Who's got time for a feud? Right now I have got screwdrivers inside guitars, my car broke down yesterday... I've got no time for a feud." Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has ended his war of words with former bandmate Morrissey.

13th November 2008

Fact: Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante has recruited bandmate Flea and former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for his new solo album THE EMPYREAN.

24th August 2007

Fact: Morrissey's publicist has confirmed the singer refused a $75 million (GBP37.5 million) offer to tour with Johnny Marr as The Smiths in 2008 and 2009.

23rd June 2006

Fact: Former THE SMITHS stars ANDY ROURKE and MIKE JOYCE have recorded an album together under the band name VINNY PECULIAR. Bassist Rourke and drummer Joyce played alongside guitarist Johnny Marr and frontman Morrissey until The Smiths split in 1987.

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