The ex-Smiths guitarist's group The Healers will make their live debut in Coventry...

Johnny Marr is to unveil his new band THE HEALERS this weekend (May 27) when they play their first ever live show.

The six-piece will get their world premiere at the Colusseum in Coventry, a club with a capacity of around 250.

A spokesperson for Marr refused to name any of the members of the Healers except to confirm that ex-Kula Shaker bassist Alonso Bevan would be playing.


It had been rumoured previously that Ringo Starr‘s son Zak Starkey would join the band on drums, with Lee Bonney on percussion, Lee Spencer on keyboards and a rhythm guitarist named simply as Chink.

Marr‘s spokesperson told “They’ve been rehearsing an awful lot of late and just wanted to take it out and play in front of a live audience to get that live vibe. They wanted to play a little show outside of London and that’s what they did. I don’t really have any idea why they chose Coventry.”

The spokesperson could not confirm if a full scale tour or summer festival appearances would follow, though Marr‘s website, [url=], is carrying a posting claiming Marr and The Healers will perform at the renowned Fuji Rock Festival in Japan on July 29.

Marr is still without a label for his self penned debut album, recorded with, in part at least, with Beck associate Mikey P last year.

The spokesperson said simply: “He’s taking it slowly, considering offers. Until that is sorted there will obviously be no release date or title.”

Tickets for the show, priced at #7, are available from the venue box office 02476 226 176.