Johnny Marr Embarks on First Solo U.S. Tour

Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr brings his first solo tour of the U.S. to Irving Plaza

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Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr brings his first solo tour of the U.S. to Irving Plaza. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Alamar opened the show, and the duo expressed gratitude to both be on tour with Marr as well as to be back on the East Coast. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Alamar's bassist and backup vocalist Jen Turner. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Alamar's vocalist and guitarist Meredith Sheldon. They played a 40 minute set that impressed the ever filling venue, and by the time they went off stage, the room was packed. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Johnny Marr hit the stage at 9:15 and played an 18-song set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Marr played nearly every song off his solo album "The Messenger" as well as material from The Smiths and Electronic. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show kicked off with "The Right Thing Right", the first track off "The Messenger", and Marr spent much of the night weaving the new together with the old. Photos by Michel Dussack
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He quickly transitioned into The Smiths' classic "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", and nearly every fan in the venue happily joined him in singing along. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Johnny Marr's additional guitarist also provided backup vocals. Photos by Michel Dussack
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While it was initially weird hearing Marr sing songs by The Smiths, it provided a refreshing take on classic material. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Marr requested that Irving Plaza move their barricade a close to the stage as possible so fans could be closer. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Marr also touched upon some material from his time with Electronic, including "Forbidden City" and "Getting Away With It." Photos by Michel Dussack
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However, the main focus of the show was undoubtedly Marr's recently released solo material. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The bassist of Johnny Marr's band. Unfortunately, there were no open angles to photograph the band's drummer from. Photos by Michel Dussack
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While some guitarists wouldn't be able to handle the transition from guitar player to frontman, Marr handled it admirably, even joking with the crowd at times. Photos by Michel Dussack
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When it came time for the encore, Marr chose to open it with a cover of The Clash's famous cover of "I Fought the Law." Photos by Michel Dussack
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It was the final song of the night, The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?," however, that elicited cheers from the opening riff all the way until the end. Photos by Michel Dussack
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