Johnny Marr and Paul Weller say they’ll ‘definitely release a single at some point’

Weller and Marr performed together live at London's Royal Albert Hall in March

Johnny Marr and Paul Weller have discussed the possibility of working together on new music, following their recent onstage team-up in London.

The two guitarists performed together at a Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall last month (March 27).

The pair performed the 1966 hit together as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts. Introducing the former Smiths guitarist, Weller said: “Would you please welcome back to the stage Johnny Marr. This will be either be fucking great or a disaster.” You can watch footage of the performance below.


Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, former Jam frontman Weller said: “We’ve talked about working together for a long time,” with Marr adding: “We’d love to do it. We’ll do a single together at some point, definitely.”

Marr continued: “I played with [Weller’s ’80s band] The Style Council hundreds of years ago when we were both children and then a few years ago in America, but this is the first time over here [in the UK]”.

The Teenage Cancer Trust show also saw Weller showcase a series of new songs from his forthcoming album, including title track ‘Saturn’s Pattern’, ‘Long Time’, ‘I’m Where I Should Be’ and ‘These City Streets’.

Paul Weller will release new album ‘Saturn’s Pattern’ on May 11. The LP was written and recorded at Black Barn Studios in Surrey and produced by Jan Kybert and Weller himself. ‘Saturn’s Pattern’ will be Weller’s 12th album and the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Sonik Kicks’. Musicians on the record include Steve Cradock, Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Pilgrim, Syd Arthur and The Strypes’ Josh McClorey.

Weller has said that ‘Saturn’s Pattern’ is “one of the best things I’ve done”. He added: “I can’t compare it to any of my other albums. I think it’s different not just for me, but different from what else is around.”


Weller also told NME that the record “is just bonkers in places” but that “it’s really melodic and there’s great tunes on there”.

Following his sold out 14-date UK tour in March, Weller will also play his biggest arena tour in November and December of this year. Paul Weller will play:

Brighton Centre (November 20)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (21)
Bournemouth BIC (22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (25)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)
Manchester Arena (28)
Leeds First Direct Arena (29)
London Eventim Apollo (December 4, 5)

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