Johnny Marr announces UK headline tour

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

Johnny Marr has announced a UK headline tour in October.

The former The Smiths guitarist will play seven headline shows starting at Oxford’s O2 Academy on October 4 and taking in Birmingham, Manchester, Bognor Regis, Newcastle and Inverness before ending the run at Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms on October 14. 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.

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Friday (July 17). Johnny Marr plays:

Oxford, O2 Academy (October 4)
Birmingham, Institute (5)
Manchester, Albert Hall (7)
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.”

The currently untitled book will be published by Century in both hardback and e-book formats. Of possible titles, Marr said, “It absolutely won’t be This Charming Marr, Isn’t It Marrvelous or any pun like that. I’ve been looking at those headlines all my adult life, thanks very much”.