Pop the champagne, Smiths heads: Johnny Marr plans to finally release his debut solo album. While speaking with The Sun‘s Gordon Smart, the former Smiths guitarist and Hans Zimmer compatriot revealed that the album is titled The Messenger and should see light in February.
Smart writes that the song ”Lockdown” is about English seaside towns, as Marr told him: “I read a snidey book about the worst places to live in Britain and Rhyl was in it. I thought the author misunderstood those places so I tried to imagine what it would be like being somewhere like that on a cold Wednesday night in November.
Marr also spoke with NME and explained why his debut came so “late in the day” amidst a highly successful career, stating: ”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.”
Before he sets off on his own, however, Marr will join Dinosaur Jr. for their 25th anniversary show at New York City’s Terminal 5 on December 1st. He’ll “sit in with [the band] for a song or two,” as the band recently announced. The night also promises two other guests that have yet to be announced. Tickets are available here.
So, yeah, it’s a good time to be Johnny Marr.