Johnny Marr adds second Manchester date to UK tour after hometown show sells out in an hour

The former Smiths guitarist will record a new live album during the tour with his band in October

Johnny Marr has added another Manchester date to his UK tour.

The former The Smiths guitarist recently announced a headline stint for October, confirming shows in Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester, Bognor Regis, Newcastle, Inverness and Edinburgh.

With Marr’s show at Manchester’s Albert Hall selling out within an hour, he’s now added another a day later (October 8). See the tour dates below.

During the tour Johnny Marr and his band will record a new live album. It will be the first live album that Marr has been a core member of since The Smiths’ live album ‘Rank’ was released in 1988.

Oxford, O2 Academy (October 4)
Birmingham, Institute (5)
Manchester, Albert Hall (7-8)
Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis (10)
Newcastle, University (11)
Inverness, Ironworks (13)
Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms (14)

Following his recent show supporting The Who in Hyde Park and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in March – which saw Marr join Gallagher onstage to perform ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ – Marr revealed he intends to release “a couple” of brand-new EPs.

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Marr told NME: “I’ve written some new songs and it’s tempting to shore them up for an album, as I like songs to be an event. But if I release them as a couple of EPs soon, it just means I’ve got to write more songs and I love work.”

Johnny Marr released two solo albums ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Playland’ in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The guitarist will also release his first memoir in autumn 2016. The book will cover the musician’s entire career, from forming The Smiths alongside Morrissey to his work with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, The The and Electronic plus a burgeoning solo career.

Speaking to NME about the book, Marr said: “The important thing is that the people who like what I do still like me the same once they know everything. I take writing seriously, but I also want it to be entertaining, because I don’t want to be too self-important or pompous.”