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Johnny Marr to Release ‘PLAYLAND’ October 7th

Johnny Marr has announced the release date for his second solo effort ‘Playland,’
which is set for October 7th via Warner Music Group and available for pre-order now
on iTunes<> and
Amazon<>. Last year, the legendary guitarist
for The Smiths enjoyed a monumental start to his solo career with an abundance of
critical acclaim (included the honor of being named as NME’s Godlike Genius) for his
Top 10 debut solo album ‘The Messenger.’ Meanwhile, his shows were celebrated for
his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from The
Smiths, plus others from his extensive back catalogue.

Johnny Marr’s upwards trajectory continues unabated with the release of ‘Playland.’
Work on the album commenced in London in spring 2014 as soon as the year of touring
in support of ‘The Messenger’ came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative
connection that was forged on ‘The Messenger’ with collaborator and co-producer
Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying

As Johnny states, “When ‘The Messenger’ came out 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.”

Written around a common theme of “songs that move at the speed of life,” ‘Playland’
captures much of the spirit that made ‘The Messenger’ so memorable with energetic,
post-punk songwriting complemented by Johnny Marr’s characteristic guitar style,
thought-provoking lyrical ideas and poised vocal phrasing. “It’s important to sound
like your environment and on this record that’s London and Manchester,” he adds.
“The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music.”

The title ‘Playland’ is inspired by ‘Homo ludens,’ a 1938 book by the highly
influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga, which explores the concept of
play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.

One of Marr’s favorite performances of 2014 to date came when he performed at the
premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in New York. His contributions to the film’s
soundtrack (scored by Hans Zimmer) included a songwriting collaboration with
Pharrell Williams, while he also performed the closing credits theme song “It’s On
Again” with Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Johnny toured extensively in support of ‘The Messenger’ with highlights including
three sold-out shows in Manchester; major London dates at The Roundhouse and the O2
Shepherd’s Bush Empire; as well as festival appearances including Glastonbury,
Reading, Leeds and T in the Park. His next UK headline tour includes his largest
London solo headline show to date at the O2 Academy Brixton and also features a
homecoming show at the O2 Apollo Manchester.

‘Playland’ track listing:

1. Back In The Box
2. Easy Money
3. Dynamo
4. Candidate
5. 25 Hours
6. The Trap
7. Playland
8. Speak Out Reach Out
9. Boys Get Straight
10. This Tension
11. Little King

His current UK tour schedule runs as below:


13th – Lincoln, The Engine Shed
14th – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
15th – Bexhill, De La Warr
17th – Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
18th – Cardiff, Great Hall
20th – O2 Academy Bournemouth
21st – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
23rd – O2 Academy Brixton London
24th – Bath, Pavilion
25th – O2 Apollo Manchester
27th – O2 Academy Glasgow
28th – O2 Academy Newcastle
29th – O2 Academy Leeds

Official site<>

For more information:

Corey Brewer
ADA – Warner Music Group<>
P: 212.707.2151

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