Happy 56 to JOHNNY MARR!

31 October 2019

Singer/songwriter and one of the most inspiring and genial guitarists of his generation JOHNNY MARR was born as John Martin Maher in Manchester on 31 October 1963.

Happy 56 to Johnny, whose productivity and creativity got an enormous boost since
he decided to go solo in 2013. Yes, he was the legendary electrifying force behind 80s
indie icons The Smiths fronted by that non-stop moaning right-wing nationalistic fool Mozzer but to celebrate my own Marr‘s birthday party I prefer to pick three songs of
his solo LP’s. Here we go…

(from The Messenger album – 2013)

(from Playland album – 2014)

(from Call The Comet album – 2018)


(photos, top & below, by Turn Up The Volume!)

JOHNNY MARR Goes Disco To Ignore The Imminent Apocalypse – Here’s New Track ‘ARMATOPIA’…

Brand new sonic impulses

22 February 2019

JOHNNY MARR‘s productivity is unstoppable. After releasing Call the Comet, his best
solo album so far last June, followed some months later by new spiky track Jeopardy
the Manchester legend just dropped another new one. Marr feels that the Apocalypse
is just around the corner and proposes to get-together and have fun in order to forget about the imminent collapse of our troubled planet. Great idea! Here’s the soundtrack
to escape the fatal downfall. ARMATOPIA is a dance floor disco filler to get up to and
fight for our right to party one more time. Shake your booty, folks…


The Wonderfully Glowing JOHNNY MARR Took Us All Out Last Night In Antwerp…

Johnny Marr – Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium – 7 December 2018

The 10 Highs of the night…

1. Johnny Marr is a natural rock star, not a fabricated one, unlike many.
2. His way of communicating with the crowd through electricity is unique.
3. His glowing vox touches me more than that Smiths guy’s voice ever did.
4. He played 9 out of the 12 ‘Call The Comet‘ tracks. His best non-Smiths LP.
5. Easy Money is unquestionably THE catchiest cracker he ever wrote. Top!
6.Hi Hello‘ has that heartwarming Smithsesque swagger. Magical touch.
7. 15 seconds of ‘Fly Like An Eagle‘ and 5 secs of ‘This Charming Man’. LOL.
8. Turning ‘Getting Away With It‘ into a psychedelic disco stomper was ace.
9. Dedicating ‘Bug‘ to Trump was spot on. ‘Population is sick and shaking’.
10. The place went ballistic when that moment he took us all out kicked in.

Before you would ask, no, there were no lows. Along with The Flaming Lips
and Idles one of the 3 top gigs of Turn Up The Volume‘s busy concert year.

Some snapshots

Glowing starr

“You just keep me hangin’ on”

Mister Marr took us all out tonight

The Tracers
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Day In Day Out
New Dominions
Hi Hello
The Headmaster Ritual
Walk Into the Sea
Getting Away With It
Hey Angel
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Spiral Cities
Get the Message
Easy Money
Boys Get Straight
How Soon Is Now?
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby

Set the boy free

JOHNNY MARR: Call The Comet – Facebook – Website

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

JOHNNY MARR Shares Pounding Glam Rocker ‘JEOPARDY’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

23 September 2018

JOHNNY MARR launched his third, stupendous solo album Call The Comet 
last June. He just started a North American tour and simultaneously shared
new shaking track JEOPARDY. Formerly available only as the vinyl B-side to
the album’s lead single Hi Hallo and it actually sounds more like a truly bona
fide A-side. Here’s the thumping crackerjack…



JOHNNY MARR – Arresting Third Solo Album ‘CALL THE COMET’ Out Now…


17 June 2018


Living legend JOHNNY MARR just released his third solo album, entitled
CALL THE COMET.  His best accomplishment so far to Turn Up The Volume‘s
ears. True to his  ‘never do things the same twice‘ motto Marr went for a new,
more venturesome sound.  A gloomy modern-day glam rock stomp (especially:
Rise / Tracers / Bug and My Eternal) yet, despite the troubled times we live in,
with a hopeful look into the future.

Absorbing electricity with some contemplative reflections in-between (Hi Hello /
Spiral Cities / A Different Gun). Arresting richness on many levels. I’ll have Johnny
Marr‘s multi-layered ingeniousness, sonically and lyrically, on repeat many days
to come…

CALL THE COMET available on iTunes

NME review – Tour Dates – Website – Facebook