Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr roared through a setlist packed with new material, The Smiths classics, and hits by Electronic and Depeche Mode.

Johnny Marr at House of Blues by Sylvia Borgo for ListenSD

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr’s House of Blues performance in support of his latest album, Call the Comet, was a crowdpleaser. Marr blasted through a two-hour set in typical rock-god fashion. While it might be tempting to question an artist who has had a career spanning several decades about whether they make music as well as before, or if they still enjoy putting on live shows, or will play the hits, the answers were clear: yes, yes, and yes.

Marr started off the show with the first single, “The Tracers,” off his third solo album. The fans shouted out the song’s catchy “hoo, hoo,” refrain and punched the air with their fists.

Unsurprisingly, the night’s biggest thrills came from Marr’s renditions of The Smiths’ 80s hits, “The Headmaster Ritual,” “This Charming Man,” “How Soon is Now,” and “There is a Light That Never Goes Out.” Marr also played two Electronic songs, “Getting Away With It,” “Get The Message,” and covered Depeche Mode’s “I Feel You,” which seemed to confuse the crowd.

Johnny Marr ends his tour in Los Angeles and will play several European festivals this summer.

Photos and review by: Sylvia Borgo

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