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Johnny Marr, Brixton Academy, 23/10/14
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POSTED ON – 13.01.15

Johnny Marr, Brixton Academy, 23/10/14


On the 22nd October 2014 the NME published an article rumouring that former Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher, was to do a one off guest appearance at Johnny Marr's Brixton Academy gig, his biggest headline slot to date. With this news I booked a ticket for the gig very quick along with the required train tickets as well coming to around £60, a considerate amount of my student loan.

After a rush to Manchester's Oxford Road station the next day I got to Liverpool where I would get the train to Stafford in order to change to London Euston. Being in enough of rush already the train ended up arriving in London an hour later than scheduled due to problems at Milton Keynes, this made it even more of a rush to drop my things off and then getting on the tube at Finsbury Park to get to Brixton. After the delays of the train the tube then came to a standstill about 3 stops away from Brixton adding another half an hour onto my journey. Eventually, I arrived at Brixton Academy around 8, the support act, Childhood, were most of the way through their set and by half 8:30 they had finished, with me somehow only a row of people from the front.

At 9 lights at the back of the stage began to flash, spelling out the word 'Playland', the title of Johnny Marr's second solo LP released in October, the rest of the stage was black, with vague silhouettes being visible. The first track on the setlist was the LP's title track, beginning with a fast paced drum intro, after 4 bars of this Johnny Marr kicks in with the guitar intro and the lights focus on him, the first 2 bars he stands at the mic, absorbing the applause and cheers before heading the front of the stage where the press took endless shots of the former Smiths and The The guitarist.

Naturally The Smiths songs gained the biggest reception, the first being Panic, a glam rock style song which is not out of place at any disco, Brixton was now rocking. Current single at the time Easy Money was well recieved also and showed that Marr is still capable of writing a classic pop song, even into his 50s. A highlight for me was Bigmouth Strikes Again, the genius chord opening which is constant throughout the song drove through the crowd met with screams. 

About an hour later Marr left the stage, a roadie came on and picked up a guitar with the purpose of sound checking it, it was a Cherry Red Gibson ES-355, similar to one Johnny Marr used in the early Smiths days, this was Noel Gallagher's guitar, suddenly the rumours were true, Gallagher was to perform with Marr in the encore for a cover of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life and Smiths classic How Soon Is Now. Upon Marr's announcement of his appearance, now wearing a blue T-Shirt coining 'Boys Get Straight' a track off of Playland, the whole crowd burst forward to get a glimpse of Gallagher. The whole venue was louder than ever, the last 2 songs were more well received that any other that night. At the end there was a hug between Gallagher and Marr and that was it, the gig was over, an amazing gig that I will never forget SSR  - Johnny Marr, Brixton Academy, 23/10/14

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Johnny Marr, Brixton Academy, 23/10/14

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My name is Simon Gibson,I'm a first year student on the Music Business and Creative Industries course at SSR. I manage a band called The Havocs, an incredibly exciting raw Indie band from Liverpool who are set to release their first single Tales from Tokyo, recorded at SSR Manchester, in the coming few weeks. Currently they’re gigging on the Liverpool and Manchester circuits slowly building up a bigger following after supporting Indie success The Heartbreaks last November. In August 2015 they are also set to a festival in Amsterdam. I’m also a keen musician myself after teaching myself to play guitar. My interests musically are The Smiths, Oasis, The Jam, Joy Division and many more. Unfortunately, I am a Burnley FC Fan