Johnny Marr considers Reading And Leeds Festivals Cribs/Modest Mouse collaboration

Guitarist pleasantly surprised he'll be playing after his old band

The CribsJohnny Marr has said that he was unaware his old band Modest Mouse would be playing the Reading And Leeds Festivals until NME.COM told him – and he hasn’t ruled out guesting with them.

The guitarist said he was pleasantly surprised at the chance to hook-up with the band he played when they recorded and toured their 2006 album ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’, before he subsequently joined the Wakefield group.

Modest Mouse are set to play a Main Stage slot at the event, which takes place on August 27-29, while The Cribs play a few rungs above them on on the 2010 festival bill.


“I didn’t know Modest Mouse were on – are they on just before us?” Marr asked. He then didn’t rule out the possibility of guesting with the band now he knew they were playing too – but joked that he’d have to don a disguise to get away with doing so.

“You never know [about playing live with the band],” he said. “What would be a good idea is that if I grew a beard like a good Musketeer, then while the other band inbetween us on [The Maccabees] are playing just go and have a shave.”

He added: “We were all together when The Cribs played in Portland about six weeks ago, that was really nice. Everybody’s just so easy being around each other – it’s sickeningly healthy, really.”

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Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink-182 are set to headline the 2010 bash – while The Libertines are set to reform especially for the event. Read the full 2010 Reading And Leeds Festivals line-up on NME.COM now.

Get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands from Wednesday (March 31), for exclusive interviews with this year’s acts, including a cover story with The Libertines.


In the meantime you can watch a video interview with Reading And Leeds Festivals chief Melvin Benn about this year’s event on the right.

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