Johnny Marr is releasing his newly recorded song “The It-Switch” on iTunes today. The song will be available as the b-side to the radio edit of “New Town Velocity,” the new single from his celebrated solo debut The Messenger(Sire/ADA) out earlier this year to overwhelming worldwide acclaim. The single is available as a limited edition 7-inch in the UK. Marr unveiled “The It-Switch” last month to much adoration via Pitchfork, and followed it up with the release of a music video for “New Town Velocity” which was shot in his hometown of Manchester.
Tickets are on sale now for Marr’s upcoming nationwide headlining tour. Kicking off on the West Coast on October 31, the tour includes a stop at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival. The 4-week trek builds upon Marr’s well-received spring tour that included a show-stopping set at Coachella and a performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon where he performed his single “The Messenger” before launching into a thrilling rendition of The Smiths’ classic “How Soon Is Now.”
The release of The Messenger marks a significant milestone in Marr’s distinguished career. First known for his work as the creative force behind The Smiths, Marr has spent the last two decades collaborating with a diverse array of acclaimed bands, including Talking Heads, Pet Shop Boys, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more. One of the most celebrated and influential artists in the history of contemporary music, Marr has earned recognition as one of the greatest guitar players of all time from such outlets as Rolling Stone and SPIN, and most recently earning NME’s Godlike Genius award. With The Messenger, Marr continues to evolve as he steps into the spotlight for the first true solo album of his career.
Johnny Marr U.S. Tour Dates
Oct 31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (Tickets)
Nov 01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Tickets)
Nov 02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater (Tickets)
Nov 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Tickets)
Nov 08 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival (Tickets)
Nov 09 – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theater (Tickets)
Nov 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue (Tickets)
Nov 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House (Tickets)
Nov 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop (Tickets)
Nov 16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Tickets)
Nov 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live! (Tickets)
Nov 19 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Tickets)
Nov 20 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel (Tickets)
Nov 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works (Tickets)
Nov 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Center StageStage (Tickets)
Nov 24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live (Tickets)
Nov 25 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre (Tickets)
Nov 26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room (Tickets)
You can purchase The Messenger right now on iTunes.
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