Johnny Marr announces new LP ‘Call the Comet’ & tour (listen to “The Tracers”)
Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call the Comet, on June 15. Brexit, which Marr has different views on than his former Smiths songwriting partner, and the 2016 U.S. election were the initial creative sparks for the album which is Marr's most overtly political to date. "I wouldn't call it a concept record," he told Rolling Stone. "But it's got a unifying theme going through it about the Earth welcoming a different intelligence from the cosmos to save us from our own plight. The title Call The Comet is sort of a conscious plea for a new way." The album title is pulled from propulsive first single "The Tracers," which is maybe Marr's best solo single to date. You can stream it below.
To launch the new album, Johnny Marr will be play 12 special release shows in the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America. There's one in NYC at Gramercy Theatre on May 31. For all the North American shows (NYC, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco) you need to register with Ticketmaster Verified Fan by Sunday, April 15 at 11:59 PM local time.
With the announcement of the new album, and what are surely more tour dates to come, Marr's inclusion in the new live lineup of The The seems a little less likely. We shall see.
All dates are listed, along with Call the Comet's tracklist and artwork, below.
Call The Comet tracklist:
2. "The Tracers"
3. "Hey Angel"
4. "Hi Hello"
5. "New Dominations"
6. "Day In Day Out"
7. "Walk Into The Sea"
9. "Actor Attractor"
10. "Spiral Cities"
11. "My Eternal"
12. "A Different Gun"
Johnny Marr - 2018 Tour Dates
12 MAY BUTTON FACTORY - DUBLIN, IRELAND
14 MAY BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB - LEEDS, UK
16 MAY ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL - LONDON, UK
18 MAY NALEN - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
19 MAY VEGA - DENMARK, COPENHAGEN
20 MAY PARADISO NOORD - HOLLAND, AMSTERDAM
21 MAY FESTSAAL KREUZBERG - BERLIN, GERMANY
24 MAY LA GAÎTÉ LYRIQUE - PARIS, FRANCE
30 MAY VELVET UNDERGROUND - TORONTO, USA
31 MAY GRAMERCY THEATRE - NEW YORK, USA
02 JUNE AUGUST HALL - SAN FRANCISCO, USA
05 JUNE TERAGRAM BALLROOM - LOS ANGELES, USA