Review: Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on May 5, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Fuckin’ Marr!  The guitar god from The Smiths and Electronic has a solo album out called “The Messenger” and he performed a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 3, 2013 to promote it.  Johnny Marr didn’t sing when he was with The Smiths, so many people may not know that he is both great on guitar and vocals.  The show was epic on so many levels.  Of course, the final song featured former Smiths band mate Andy Rourke (more on that in a moment), but in addition Johnny Marr busted out some classic Smiths songs and also a pair of Electronic songs mixed in with tracks from his latest album.

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr played two Electronic songs that I never thought I’d ever hear live before, and though he doesn’t sing lead vocals on the studio versions, he made them his own last night.  He performed “Forbidden City” and “Getting Away With It” which were both great, and if you stay tuned, a video of the latter will be coming soon.  He also dusted off some Smiths classics including “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “London” (and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned) as well as the final song “How Soon Is Now?” where he brought former band mate Andy Rourke on stage for what will probably be the closest thing to a Smiths reunion that the world ever sees.

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

On a personal note, it’s really amazing to me that I uploaded a video of the historic performance and it’s already gone viral having been reposted on the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, Brooklyn Vegan and Slicing up Eyeballs!!!

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr doesn’t often tour, but a friendly word to the wise, the next time he comes to your city, do not miss him!  I hope he comes back around because it was really epic hearing his new album mixed in with classic tracks from his past.  Hearing 500 people sing the words in unison also was pretty cool and you could tell that Johnny was having as great a time as the audience.  Respect!

Johnny Marr Merch

Johnny Marr Merch

The setlist was:

The Right Thing Right / Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (Smiths) / Upstarts / Sun & Moon / There is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths) / Forbidden City (Electronic) / London (Smiths) / The Messenger / Generate! Generate! / Say Demesne / Bigmouth Strikes Again (Smiths) / Word Starts Attack / New Town Velocity / I Want The Heartbeat.

Encore: I Fought The Law (Clash) / Getting Away With It (Electronic) / How Soon Is Now (Smiths) – Featuring Andy Rourke.

Video: “How Soon Is Now” live by Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

Posted by The G on May 4, 2013 under G Videos | Read the First Comment

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History was made last night during Johnny Marr’s excellent sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 3, 2013.  He brought his old friend and Smiths band-mate Andy Rourke up on stage for the show’s finale, “How Soon Is Now?”  Epic is an understatement, but you can draw your own conclusions.  Just press play!

 

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Andy Rourke and Luke Pritchard

Andy Rourke and Luke Pritchard

Is there anything better than seeing Andy Rourke of The Smiths interview Luke Pritchard of The Kooks on his radio show on East Village Radio?  Yes… Listening to it on the EVR Archives.

I met Luke Pritchard on this wonderful occasion and you can see a photo from that moment after the jump.

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Posted by The G on January 25, 2011 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Andy Rourke and Geoffrey Dicker

Andy Rourke and G

On January 24, 2011, I was in the presence of one of my living deities:  Mr. Andy Rourke, the bass player from The Smiths!  He was at the Theophilus London/Little Dragon show at Bowery Ballroom and he was extremely nice when I met him!  He was with a friend, so I didn’t want to geek out too much and gush over how much I love him, but I did ask for a photo, and as you can tell from above, he gladly obliged! Thank you SO much Andy!  You have no idea how thankful I am!

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