Johnny Marr discusses giving his guitars to a “skint” pre-Oasis Noel Gallagher

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Johnny Marr has spoken about the time he gave a young, “skint” Noel Gallagher his guitars.

The former Smiths axe man dropped his third solo LP yesterday (June 15). In a four-star review, NME described ‘Call The Comet‘ as Marr’s “most assured solo effort to date”.

Speaking to Radio X ahead of the record’s release, Marr revealed that Noel Gallagher’s enthusiasm for music inspired him to give away his guitar – as the pre-Oasis guitarist didn’t have enough money to buy his own.


Marr said that he had “no idea” just how big Oasis would become. “They didn’t know! No one could have predicted what was going to happen to them.”

He continued: “He was just this guy who I recognised was intense and really serious about what he was doing, and he was skint and I had a load of guitars and I thought, ‘right OK well I’ll give him this guitar’.

“And you know, it could have come to nothing and really it would have made no difference to me. I had some people give me a helping hand when I started out. Little things here and there, and you need it.”

One of the two guitars given to Gallagher was used to write and record The Smiths’ 1986 LP ‘The Queen Is Dead’. Marr said that he’s “really more than happy that it’s gone to a good home”.


“He loves having them and you know, me and him have a laugh and a joke about how I loaned them and he never returned them and fans get on to me about that.”

Last month, Gallagher and Marr led a mass sing-a-long of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ to mark the Manchester Arena attack anniversary.

Meanwhile, Marr revealed that he’s “not mates” with Morrissey anymore. “We’re just very different,” he said. “But we always were very different people. But everyone knows that! Everyone knows everything there is to know.”

Johnny Marr will hit the road for a UK tour in November. Find tickets here and see the full schedule below.

Belfast, Ulster Hall (November 1)
Dublin, National Stadium (2)

Norwich, UEA (4)
Birmingham, O2 Institute (5)
Bath, Forum (6)
Cardiff, Great Hall (8)
Brighton, Dome (9)
London, Roundhouse (11)
Sheffield, O2 Academy (13)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (14)
Glasgow, Barrowlands (15)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (17)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (18)