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Johnny Marr
Cardiff 2022 [no label, 1CD]

6 Music Festival. Live at The Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union, Cardiff, Wales; April 3, 2022. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thanks to allfuzzedout for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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English musician, songwriter and singer Johnny Marr first achieved fame as the guitarist and co-songwriter of The Smiths, who were active from 1982 to 1987. Marr was part of several bands with Andy Rourke before forming the Smiths with Morrissey in 1982. The Smiths attained commercial success and were critically acclaimed, with Marr’s jangle pop guitar style becoming distinctive of the band’s sound, but separated in 1987 due to personal differences between Marr and Morrissey. Since then, Marr has been a member of the Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs, and he has become a prolific session musician, working with names such as Talking Heads and Hans Zimmer.

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Laura Dean,

Fresh from his Oscar triumph [Johnny Marr played guitar on Billie Eilish’s James Bond Theme - No Time To Die], Manchester legend and guitar maestro Johnny Marr took to the stage with the synth ridden ‘Armatopia’, before diving into his first Smiths offering of the evening, ‘Panic’.

Next came four solo offerings - including the anthemic ’Sensory Street’ and the exuberant ’Spirit, Power & Soul’. Though renowned for guitar driven tracks of a more upbeat nature, it was two of Marr’s slow paced songs that virtually stole the show - the sublime ‘Human’, which showcases some of Marr’s most emotive lyrics yet and ‘Walk Into the Sea’. A live favourite since the release of Call the Comet in 2018, the latter sees the stage lighting take an eerie turn and draws attention to the striking instrumentation provided by Marr’s powerhouse of a band.

Skilled at writing a varied setlist, Marr’s generous with Smiths tracks but that’s not the only area of his past that got a look in - not only did Electronic tracks ‘Getting Away With It’ and ‘Get the Message’ receive a rapturous response from the crowd, but it was evident that Marr was enjoying playing them. Another strong contender in the setlist was Depeche Mode cover ‘I Feel You’, which Marr released on a limited edition 7” for Record Store Day in 2015.

Marr’s main set concluded with a rousing rendition of ‘There is a Light that Never Goes Out’, which was dedicated to Dave Grohl and the Foo family after the recent passing of Taylor Hawkins. Prompting 1600 fans to sing along, it was a moving tribute that brought the set to an emotional end. Returning to the classic Johnny Marr chants, Marr’s encore saw him blast through the raucous ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ and mesmerising ‘How Soon Is Now’ - bringing 6 Music Festival to an end with the tremolo-heavy riff that has become synonymous with Marr’s name.

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Track 01. Armatopia 3:58
Track 02. Panic [The Smiths] 3:05
Track 03. Sensory Street 5:29
Track 04. Spirit Power and Soul 5:26
Track 05. Human 4:40
Track 06. Night and Day 4:36
Track 07. This Charming Man [The Smiths] 2:58
Track 08. Getting Away With It [Electronic] 7:25
Track 09. Walk Into the Sea 6:07
Track 10. I Feel You [Depeche Mode] 4:38
Track 11. Get the Message [Electronic] 5:33
Track 12. Easy Money 4:36
Track 13. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out [The Smiths] 7:22
Track 14. Bigmouth Strikes Again [The Smiths] 3:24
Track 15. How Soon Is Now [The Smiths] 5:20
75 mins

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