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The Smiths' Johnny Marr to release his first-ever solo album in 2013

Published November 5, 2012 12:46 pm

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In the wake of Morrissey's recent postponement of his Salt Lake show ...

Johnny Marr, one of the most celebrated and influential guitarists in rock, will release his first-ever solo album, "The Messenger," on February 26.

The 12-song set captures Marr's signature guitar stylings and vocals front and center, according to a press release.

First known for his work alongside Morrissey as the creative force behind The Smiths, Marr has spent the last two decades collaborating with a diverse array of acclaimed bands, including Talking Heads, Pet Shop Boys, The The, Electronic and more. Marr was a member of the Modest Mouse line-up for 2007's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Based in Portland, Oregon since 2005, Marr returned to the U.K. in early 2012 to commence work on the album. Recorded in Manchester and Berlin, it was mastered at Abbey Road.