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Johnny Marr Announces One New Zealand Show

Johnny Marr Announces One New Zealand Show

Wednesday 24th September, 2014 9:04AM

Legendary guitarist and founding member of seminal alt-rock act The Smiths, Johnny Marr, has announced he will be heading to New Zealand for one show in the new year. Marr's trip to these shores will follow a whip around Australia on the heels of his sophomore solo album Playland, which is due out 3rd October through Warner Music and is a follow-up to his 2013 effort The Messenger. For his upcoming show the British musician will be playing a whole host of classic tracks alongside new material. Here's the details...

Johnny Marr
Saturday 7th February, Thursday 16th July, Powerstation, Auckland

Update 28/01/15: This show has been rescheduled and will take place on Thursday 16th July at the Powerstation, Auckland. 

Ticketholders who are able to attend the rescheduled dates need take no action; their existing ticket will be valid for entry at the rescheduled show and their location within the venue will remain unchanged.

Fans unable to attend the new shows are asked to secure a refund from their original point of purchase before Friday 6 February 2015.

Here's the video for Johnny's latest single 'Easy Money'...



Frontier Touring look forward to welcoming iconic British guitarist and singer-songwriter, Johnny Marr, for a series of electrifying shows in January and February 2015 through Australia and New Zealand!

Having played sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney to great acclaim earlier this year, these will be Marr’s first as a solo artist when he and his band roll in to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland.

As a special bonus each lucky ticket buyer also has the opportunity to channel the guitar icon himself and win a Johnny Marr signature Fender Jaguar guitar. The mighty instrument is valued at $3,500 and has a plethora of specialised features that reference Marr’s decades of experience. Simply head to for entry details.

A founding member of cultural institution The Smiths and performer alongside the likes of Modest Mouse, Beck, Talking Heads, The The and Oasis, Marr was already rock royalty before releasing his Top 10 debut solo album The Messenger in February 2013.

‘Each tune throws up a different style, creating a one-man compilation album that rifles through 25 years of lush or edgy genres, perfecting every one…The Messenger isn’t just a summary of everything worthwhile in contemporary rock music, it’s an insightful and informed dissection of life in 2013.’ – NME 8/10

‘One quick listen to The Messenger brings all his signatures rushing back -- the intricate, intertwining arrangements, the insistent riffs finding a counterpoint in the elastic yet precise melodies, a romance with the past that doesn't negate the present.’ – All Music 8/10

In a poll conducted by the BBC, Marr was voted fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years and Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo magazine described him as "arguably Britain's last great guitar stylist".

Nothing if not prolific, Marr had begun writing sophomore solo effort Playland (out October 3 through Warner Music) almost immediately after The Messenger’s release "…I kept on writing. I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.”

Energetic, post-punk song writing complemented by Marr’s characteristic guitar licks, engaging lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. Playland is composed around the central theme that “songs that move at the speed of life” and captures much of the spirit that made his debut so memorable.

Marr collected rave reviews when last in Australia with critics spotlighting his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from his epic back catalogue, including The Smiths and many others.

‘This was a man honouring his legacy while still creating in the present. As the T-shirts at the merchandise desk defiantly proclaimed... Johnny Fuckin Marr.’ – The Music

‘His playing is visually evocative, often invokes wide-eyed dopamine release and is always impeccably tasteful. Put simply, the man is a goddamn God-like genius.’ – Beat

He’s one the most celebrated guitarists in the world. Armed to the teeth with classics and his own lauded solo works, when Johnny Marr hits Australia and New Zealand in January 2015 the shows promise to be exhilarating displays of talent from a revered virtuoso.

Frontier Members pre-sale via
Thu 2 Oct (12noon AEST/3pm NZDT) to Fri 3 Oct (12noon AEST/3pm NZDT)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

General public on sale from 10am local time (AUS) & 12pm (NZDT), Tuesday 7 October

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