The Smiths’ guitar legend Johnny Marr has announced he will be releasing his debut solo album early next year.
Scheduled for release on 25 February, the album will be titled The Messenger and will be accompanied by a UK tour in March as well as a number of summer festival appearances – which are yet to be announced.
Details on the album are a bit sketchy at the minute, but Marr’s announcement included the name of a few album tracks: ‘I Want The Heartbeat’, ‘The Right Thing Right’, ‘Upstart’, ‘Word Starts Attack’ and ‘European Me’.
Since The Smiths disbanded, Marr has famously been reluctant to go it alone, preferring to lend his considerable talents to a variety of different bands, including The The, Electronic, Johnny Marr & The Healers, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.
Explaining his recent change of approach to NME, Marr said:
“It is late in the day to be making my debut. I didn’t want to be in someone else’s band at this point. In the past I might have been reluctant to stand up front, and I’ve been lucky enough to be in bands with great singers, so it wasn’t necessary. But this is my band now, and the frontman in my band has to play guitar. I do both.”
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