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Johnny Marr announces Call The Comet UK dates (2018)

Johnny Marr

Story by Jack Foley

SMITHS guitarist and acclaimed solo artist Johnny Marr has announced details of a major tour in support of his new album Call The Comet, which will be released on June 15, 2018.

Commencing in Nashville in September, it includes a huge London gig at the historic Roundhouse and concludes with a homecoming show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo.

Marr is currently completing a tour of intimate venues with a handful of remaining dates in the USA and Canada. The Guardian’s review of his Islington Assembly Hall show concluded that it was “a night that finds Marr elevated to a symbol of alt-rock righteousness”.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, June 1.

Recorded with his band at Marr’s Crazy Face Studios in Manchester, Call The Comet is his third solo record and follows the critically acclaimed Top 10 albums The Messenger (2013) and Playland (2014).

Call The Comet is my own magic realism,” says Marr. “It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society.

“The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.”

Already previewed by the singles The Tracers and Hi Hello, other highlights include Actor Attractor, Walk Into The Sea, Bug and Spiral Cities, the latter of which is already established as a favourite in Marr’s live shows.

Call The Comet is available to pre-order from this link, with The Tracers and Hi Hello provided as an instant download. The album will be released on digital, CD and vinyl formats along with some special D2C bundle packages.

The UK tour dates are (all November 2018)
1 – Ulster Hall, Belfast
2 – National Stadium, Dublin
4 – UEA Norwich
5 – O2 Institute Birmingham
6 – Bath Forum
8 – Great Hall, Cardiff
9 – Brighton Dome
11 – Roundhouse, London
13 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
15 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
17 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
18 – O2 Apollo, Manchester