Walking up to The Teragram Ballroom, you could sense the excitement. Fans were wrapped around the block eagerly awaiting entry to see the one and only, Johnny Marr. The first person I recognized when walking into this sold out 600 capacity venue was our colleague, Tina Warwick. Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders front man) was by her side. It was a Johnny Marr show after all. They were mid conversation with the likes of Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Jennie Vee (Eagles of Death Metal) and Billy Duffy (The Cult). Artists supporting artists. It's a thing!
Minutes later, the clock struck 9 o'clock and Johnny Marr's sound rang through the venue. What was I in for? It was shortly thereafter I knew, a show with serious charisma.
Johnny Marr took the stage and OWNED it with ease and style. He opened with The Tracers and dove into Hi Hello and Walk Into The Sea along with danceable tunes like Easy Money. “This is the best I’ve felt all day and that’s really saying something”, he said. “Any requests? Steve ‘f*ckin’ Miller? Do you realize I invented Indie Rock?” And the commentary kept on coming. “How come it doesn’t smell like pot in here? What’s happening to our Rock N Roll? Trump’s America”… boo’s were heard throughout the audience… “In San Francisco it smelled like pot.” He played Rise next and magically the entire venue smelled of pot. The power of an artist.
The audience was not only in love with the classic Smiths era music but completely embracing his new content. Everyone was dancing like no one was watching F*ck yes. The audience was energetic, stylish and grooving with a serious rhythm. Tony Kanal was feeling it. #NoDoubtfanhere
Johnny Marr rounded out his set with a classic Smiths song, 'You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby'. Such a great way to end the night. Six Smiths songs in total. What a night.