Johnny Marr onstage in London, 2009 (Photo: Redferns)
Johnny Marr, former songwriter and guitarist in the Smiths, is planning a return to frontman status. After stints performing with Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr told Billboard that he plans to release two albums within the next 18 months under his own name.
"With the Cribs not working I've been writing a lot on my own," Marr told Billboard at a pre-Academy Awards gathering, where he was making the rounds with composer Hans Zimmer (the two collaborated on the score for "Inception"). Marr did not have specifics on the timing of releases or even recording sessions.
The Cribs, meanwhile, will be heading into the recording studio this summer to work on their fifth album, according to NME. Marr was mum on whether he will join them on the project.
His only solo release since the Smiths' break-up in 1987 was "Boomslang," credited to Johnny Marr and the Healers, in 2003. Besides recording and touring with the Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr has worked with the The, Neil Finn, the Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, the Pretenders and many others over the years.
"We will work together again," Marr said, referring to Zimmer. "Right now I don't know what movie it is."