Noel Gallagher joined Johnny Marr on stage during the encore of his show at the O2 Brixton Academy, covering songs by The Smiths and Iggy Pop together.
Returning to the stage after his main set, Marr and his band performed before welcoming Gallagher. Introducing him, Marr said: “I’d like to introduce someone who has been a friend of mine for 20 years. One of the greatest songwriters from this country. He’s a good man, I think he’s got a big future ahead of him. Mr Noel Gallagher.”
The former Oasis star then walked on stage to huge applause and cheers, picked up his guitar and joined the band in their cover of Iggy Pop‘s ‘Lust For Life’. The band then carried on going straight into The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now?’. Before leaving the stage Marr thanked the crowd, and the pair embraced to huge cheers.
The date was the eighth of Marr’s tour in support of second solo album ‘Playland’, which was released on October 6. The set consisted of songs from it and Marr’s 2013 debut ‘The Messenger’, as well as several Smiths classics and Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It’.
Marr will continue his tour this evening (24) in Bath, moving on to his hometown of Manchester on Saturday 25, then Glasgow, Newcastle and finally Leeds on October 29.
It was recently revealed Marr will appear on Gallagher’s forthcoming second solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, which will be released in March. Marr said he hadn’t heard the track, ‘The Ballad Of Mighty I’, prior to going into the studio to record his part as he wanted to react to the music rather than have a pre-prepared idea.
Speaking to NME, he said: “I just wanted to play and improvise and react. That invariably means there are going to be some mistakes, but that’s not a big deal. I know I can play. He knows I can play, and your initial response to something is definitely worth recording. If it doesn’t work, it’s just a few megabytes on a hard drive. If it works, it will likely be brilliant. You just have to lose the fear of making a mess of it, so it’s definitely worth the risk of looking foolish.”
Meanwhile, tickets for Noel Gallagher’s tour in March 2015 sold out in 10 minutes last week.
Johnny Marr played:
‘New Town Velocity’
‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’
‘Back In The Box’
‘Speak Out Reach Out’
‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’
‘Boys Get Straight’
‘Getting Away With It’
‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’
‘Lust For Life’
‘How Soon Is Now?’