After the Smiths’ breakup in 1987, guitar maestro Johnny Marr spent the better part of 26 years working in collaborative efforts as a member of Modest Mouse and the Cribs—and even worked with Hans Zimmer on the score for 2010’s Inception. While he certainly made his mark in these realms, his first solo album The Messenger, set to be released on February 26, is worth the wait. One of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists,” Marr has already struck a chord with his solo project.

Early reviews have noted Marr’s characteristically superior guitar components, but even more important is the opportunity this album presents to see what else Marr has to offer. Check out the live stream via Rolling


Marr will arrive in Chicago to play an XRT show at Metro on April 24. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 23 so make sure to get them early!

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