Saturday 4th of January, 2014 – Corner Hotel, MelbourneSupport:
Dean Whitby (of Drunk Mums)
The Right Thing Right
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (The Smiths song)
Sun And Moon
The Crack Up
Panic (The Smiths song)
New Town Velocity
Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths song)
Word Starts Attack
I Want the Heartbeat
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths song)
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths song)
I Fought the Law (The Crickets cover)
Getting Away with It (Electronic song)
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths song)
The charismatic Dean Whitby opened the night for Marr. He played a few tunes from his band garage-rock band Drunk Mums along with some new material. Throughout his set he changed between two guitars; a red and green one, one named Pokey while the later is called Gumby. A punter yelled out, what about Prickle & Go! At another point of his set Dean asked the crowd if they had any questions while he was tuning his guitar, a man yelled "Why don't you get a haircut" which prompted Dean to rip into the patron (in a comedic way) referring the punter as his Dad.
Johnny Marr and his three-piece backing band take to the stage and begin with 'The Right Thing Right', but it's when they play 'Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before' is when the crowd really comes to life. About a quarter of the crowd are wearing Smiths tees and it is obvious what everyone wants to hear.
Marr questions the sold out crowd, “How many of you here have bought the new album?”which receives a response of loud cheers..."You lyin’ bastards!” says Johnny.
In all honesty though Johnny's debut solo record is actually a very solid effort. Songs such as 'Upstarts', 'The Messenger' and 'New Town Velocity' remain my favourites and are pulled of great live.
The pre-encore set closes with the incredible 'How Soon Is Now', while the band then return back on stage after the short encore break with a beautiful slow intro to 'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want' that really builds up the tune beautifully. A few other band covers are thrown into the encore also (I Fought The Law & Getting Away with It), but the best moment of the gig isn't until the very end when Johnny performs 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' which is one of my alltime favourites. The two times I have seen Morrissey it was not played, so I was thankful to hear it this time around. Marr turned the 4 minute classic into an extended version which had him and the crowd exchanging lyrics "There is a light that never goes out".
A brilliant ending to a brilliant night! Johnny Marr Rating 9.5/10