Johnny Marr will have his revenge on the legacy of the Smiths. And if this past weekend is any indication, the sound of vengeance is pretty incredible. Marr, who is touring his new record The Messenger, performed in New York City over the weekend, first hitting up Late Night With Jimmy Fallon before blowing the roof off Webster Hall last night.
On Fallon, the guitarist encored with the Smiths’ 1984 classic, “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want,” and it’s safe to say that Morrissey really wasn’t needed.
Last night at Webster Hall, Marr thrilled a New York crowd with an array of Smiths songs, including “How Soon Is Now,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” and the aforementioned “Please.” He also busted out “Getting Away With It,” the 1989 single from Electronic, his collaborative project with New Order’s Bernard Sumner.
At one point, Marr was joined by former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, leaving only drummer Mike Joyce and singer Morrissey out of the picture. While the Mozzer has been infamously against any sort of Smiths reunion, we can easily see Joyce joining in on one of these gigs.
Real talk: Would you be into a 2014 Smiths reunion if it were just Marr, Rourke, and Joyce? Hell, they could call the band something else if there are legal woes (spoiler alert: there would be). Besides, if New Order can tour without Peter Hook, why can’t the Smiths tour without Morrissey?