Amidst a buzz of activity celebrating the first ten years of his prolific solo career, all wrapped up and packaged in the highly anticipated Spirit Power: The Best Of Johnny Marr, The Smiths guitarist and songwriter will begin at Newcastle’s O2 City Hall on 2 April before concluding at Nottingham’s Rock City on 14 April. Scroll down for all the dates.
The album itself, released on 3 November via BMG, also includes two brand new songs titled ‘Somewhere’ and ‘The Answer’, in addition to a number of unheard demos.
‘Somewhere’ has already started pricking ears, with Mojo Magazine describing it as “a glistening beam of choking guitars propelled by an electro-rock pulse”, whilst Clash Magazine commented on the “unmatched sense of electricity” as the song was added straight to the BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 playlists.
Two homecoming concerts, titled A Night with the Johnny Marr Orchestra, will take place at Manchester’s Factory International Aviva Studios on 7 and 8 December where, for the first time, Johnny and his band will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra, composed of some of the best musicians from across the North.
Check out the full 2024 UK tour dates below.
Tuesday 2nd April – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
Wednesday 3rd April – Glasgow, Barrowlands
Friday 5th April – Leeds, O2 Academy
Saturday 6th April – Liverpool, Olympia
Sunday 7th April – Wolverhampton, Civic Halls
Tuesday 9th April – Cardiff, Great Hall
Wednesday 10th April – Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 12th April – London, Eventim Apollo
Saturday 13th April – Brighton Dome
Sunday 14th April – Nottingham, Rock City
Spirit Power: The Best Of Johnny Marr (Deluxe 2CD) trackisting
2. New Town Velocity
3. Easy Money
4. Spirit Power & Soul
5. Hi Hello
7. The Messenger
8. I Feel You
9. The Answer
11. Spiral Cities
12. Night and Day
13. Sensory Street
14. Walk Into The Sea
16. Tenement Time
Hi Hello (Demo)
The Answer (Crazy F Version)
The Messenger (Demo)
Speak out Reach Out (Crazy F Version)
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