words + photos by Joe Cortez
"Does anyone have any questions?"
Still vital as ever, Johnny Marr rolled into Pomona's Glass House on Friday night to deliver a dose of that Manchester sound to a sold out southland audience. Angelenos and the like have a bit of a reputation for being extremely Smiths-friendly and this night's crowded obliged by warmly receiving the former guitarist for the iconic English band.
Performing tracks off Marr's solo albums "The Messenger" and "Playland," as well as a version of Electronic's "Getting Away With It, " which he cheekily introduced as "An old disco song from Manchester," Marr had the Glass House audience in his hands for his hour plus set. Preening and parading as only one of our great guitar gods can, Marr carried himself with a cocksure swagger that was earned.
Of course what would a night with a former member of The Smiths be without a few classic tunes and Marr gave his audience exactly what they wanted with rousing renditions of "Still Ill," "Headmaster Ritual," "Bigmouth Strikes Again," "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "How Soon Is Now" during during the encore.
Check out my photos from the night below and for more on Johnny Marr, be sure to visit johnny-marr.com and follow @Johnny_Marr on Twitter. Special thanks to The Glass House for arranging coverage of the night. For a list of upcoming shows at The Glass House and to buy tickets, be sure to visit http://www.theglasshouse.us
Johnny Marr Photo Gallery