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Johnny Marr Flies Solo

Former Smiths guitarist to release solo album this summer

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will release his debut solo album this summer under the tag “Johnny Marr and the Healers.” Marr, who never sang on a single Smiths song, will be making his debut as a lead vocalist.

In a post on his Website (, Marr writes that his friend Chrissie Hynde encouraged him to take the mike. He also explains that after all his various collaborations — which include Hynde, Billy Bragg, The The’s Matt Johnson and New Order singer Bernard Sumner — he was ready to go it alone. “I’ve kinda run out of people, so I’m on my own now. All the people I ever wanted to work with, well, I’ve been working with!”

Marr’s not exactly on his own, as Mickey P (of Beck fame) is producing the album, and Zak Starkey, the in-demand Beatles offspring, plays drums.

Despite reports to the contrary, the album does not mean the end of Electronic, Marr’s on-again/off-again project with Sumner. “Everyone seems to love a good feud,” Marr writes of the rumors of Electronic’s demise. “Bernard and I are really close friends, and at the moment he’s doing New Order and I’m doing my album.”


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