English guitarist Johnny Marr plays two dates in Spain this November as part of his current tour promoting his third solo album, Call the Comet, which was released in June.
Although he formed his first band aged just 13, Marr really established himself as a guitarist, singer and songwriter in 1980s indie group The Smiths.
While he continues to fend off questions regarding a possible Smiths comeback despite an uneasy relationship with co-founder Morrissey (Marr almost consistently denies any chance of a reunion), it’s actually been over 30 years since he left the group.
In that time, he’s worked on numerous projects, both collaborative and solo, while many musicians who’ve emerged during this time refer to Marr as a key influence in their own creative development.
Among the extensive list of artists he’s worked with are names such as Tom Jones, Billy Bragg, Pet Shop Boys, The Cribs, Jane Birkin and Girls Aloud.
Call the Comet is Marr’s third album in five years and was described by Damien Morris in The Observer as his ‘best solo album yet’. It contemplates a context of, in his words, ‘magic realism’, and was created in part in reaction to events such as the terrorist attack in Nice in summer 2016 and the bomb at Manchester Arena in May 2017; however rather than letting anger and negativity fuel his work, or people like Trump and those behind the Brexit victory contaminate his creativity, instead he sought out ways to write about people coming together and an idealistic alternative world where we’d doubtless all like to join him right about now.
MADRID: 21 November, Sala But, 9pm; €28
BARCELONA: 26 November, Sala Bikini, 9pm, €28
More info and tickets: www.livenation.es