Review: Johnny Marr, The Wedgewood Rooms

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Were you there when Johnny Marr blew the roof off the Wedge? I was, and I will never forget it.

The man whose guitar wizardry in The Smiths gifted us the soundtrack for a generation of teenage angst was fresh from playing in front of thousands in support of the Stone Roses.

Johnny Marr at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor

Johnny Marr at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor

So it was a privilege to stand a few feet from him at this Glastonbury Festival warm-up. And there is no doubt Marr is worthy of Worthy Farm in his new-found guise as frontman.

Any worries about his solo material, which suffered from sludgy production on his album The Messenger, were dispelled as Marr threw rock star shapes and breathed new life into tracks like opener The right Thing Right and the punky I Want The Heartbeat.

A generous smattering of classics like Stop Me... and an ‘adrenaline’ version of London left Smiths fans drooling.

And delving into his collaborations with Bernard Sumner, a groove through a reworked version of Electronic’s Getting Away With It was an unexpected highlight.

By the time he returned for an encore with a searing cover of The Clash’s I Fought The Law, this gig was already reaching legendary status and the 400-strong crowd were chanting his name.

And the closing double whammy of How Soon Is Now and a singalong There Is a Light That Never Goes Out sealed the deal.