Marr’s Second Solo Album On The Way


Johnny Marr’s second solo album will be here in a matter of months.

Playland will be out in October and the guitarist has told NME the new record continues on from his début solo album The Messenger.

The former Smiths’ musician says he chose to work on the new release in London because he likes the atmosphere, adding “where you work definitely affects how [the album] sounds and seeps into the music”.

It comes as his old Smiths’ bandmate Morrissey enjoys rave reviews for his solo album World Peace Is None Of Your Business.

Both men have dismissed rumours of a possible Smiths’ reunion, with Marr saying it’s not looking good for fans of the 80s band: “there won’t be a “big happy ending”, telling fans instead they should “go and find a hobby”.

Marr was bestowed with the Godlike Genius gong at the NME awards last year by The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, who joined other celebrity voices in praising Marr.

Noel Gallagher paid tribute to his mate at the 2013 awards saying: “he can’t be imitated as a guitarist…he makes the very, very difficult look extremely easy…He doesn’t even grimace when he plays guitar!”

Suede said Marr is “possibly the greatest guitarist of his generation”.

Johnny Marr plays Leopardstown Racecourse on August 7th.

Playland is out on Friday, October 3rd, 2014.