Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith
Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith

Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith
Johnny Marr | Man Made
Albert Hall, Manchester
8th October 2015

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith went to capture the man awarded the title – God Like Genius, former Smiths guitar maestro Johnny Marr on the second date of his Manchester’s Albert Hall show. He manages to combine his new solo material with highlights from the back catalogue of The Smiths hits.

Supporting Marr was a band destined for greater things – Man Made, which features frontman Nile Marr, certainly a chip off the old block, but also a star in his own right. It was a sell out show for both nights, and Johnny was on full form, back where he belongs in Manchester! And they loved him.

Marr is in his element playing live “Getting out on a UK tour is exciting for me,” says Johnny. “There’s no substitute for going to a show and playing shows. Playing live is what it’s all about.”

Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith

Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith

Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith

Johnny Marr © Melanie Smith


  • Back in the Box
  • Still Ill
  • Easy Money
  • 25 Hours
  • Candidate
  • Speak Out Reach Out
  • Bigmouth Strikes Again
  • Upstarts
  • Spiral Cities
  • Getting Away with It
  • Panic
  • Generate! Generate!
  • Boys Get Straight
  • Word Starts Attack
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out


  • You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby
  • New Town Velocity
  • Crash
  • How Soon Is Now

Photo gallery:

The final dates remaining are:

10th – Rockaway Beach Festival, Bognor Regis
11th – Newcastle, University
13th – Inverness, Ironworks
14th – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
16th – Belfast, Limelight (ADDED DATE)
18th – Dublin, Olympia Theatre (ADDED DATE)
20th – London, Forum (ADDED DATE)
22nd – Bristol, O2 Academy (ADDED DATE)

Johnny Marr can be found on his websiteFacebook

All photos by Melanie Smith, more work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here:

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