Johnny Marr on whether or not he feels any ‘loyalty’ to Morrissey

"Morrissey and I were always different..."

Johnny Marr has said that he and former Smiths bandmate Morrissey “were always different”, and stressed that he rarely thinks about his words and actions.

Morrissey has courted much controversy in recent months. Earlier this year, he made headlines when he discussed accusations of racism and alleged connections between Halal meat and ISIS. He also referred to Hitler as ‘left wing’ and said that London Mayor Sadiq Khan “can not talk properly”. He later issued a new statement in which he said he “despised racism and racism” and voiced his support for Muslims, while also advocating far right political party For Britain.

Just last week, Morrissey suggested that the treatment of EDL co-founder Tommy Robinson had been “shocking“.


Now in a new interview, Marr has responded to whether or not he’d feel “disloyal” about criticising him.

“It’s just been so long – a lot can happen in 30 years,” Marr told The Guardian. “Morrissey and I were always different – everybody knows that. I understand why I’m asked – we were a big group, we’re still a huge group. But being his keeper, being disloyal, doesn’t come into it, because I do have a life.”

Speaking his feelings with regards to The Smiths’ royalties court case against bandmates Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, Marr added: “I resented it at the time, but you just get on with your life. It’s just part of being in a big band – drug busts, deaths, court cases… sometimes all three.”

Last month when asked if he feared Morrissey would tarnish The Smiths’ legacy, Marr replied: “I don’t really worry about very much, these days. I don’t really think you can change people’s relationship with songs and the songs are what they are.”

Previously denying accusations of prejudice, Morrissey wrote: “I despise racism. I despise fascism. I would do anything for my Muslim friends, and I know they would do anything for me.”

 He continued: “In view of this, there is only one British political party that can safeguard our security. That party is For Britain.”

Johnny Marr announces details of his new album 'Call The Comet'
Johnny Marr announces details of his new album ‘Call The Comet’

Marr releases his third solo album ‘Call The Comet’ on Friday June 15. His upcoming tour dates are below, with tickets available here.

Belfast, Ulster Hall (November 1)
Dublin, National Stadium (2)
Norwich, UEA (4)
Birmingham, O2 Institute (5)
Bath, Forum (6)
Cardiff, Great Hall (8)
Brighton, Dome (9)
London, Roundhouse (11)
Sheffield, O2 Academy (13)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (14)
Glasgow, Barrowlands (15)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (17)
Manchester, O2 Apollo (18)