Johnny Marr has played his former band’s, The Smiths, infamous song, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” for the first time in 25 years. You can see a video of the incident at the foot of the page.
Whilst talking to NME, the guitarist, who was recently awarded the magazine’s annual NME Godlike Genius Award, revealed how he came to own the guitar he wrote one of the groups most endearing songs on.
“I got this guitar on January 2, 1984, because a few weeks earlier when The Smiths were going to sing to Sire Records, Seymour Stein took us out to dinner to wine and dine us,” Marr started.
“He was telling me about when he took Brian Jones to New York to get a guitar so I saw my opportunity. I said to him, ‘If you take me to get a guitar in New York we’ll sign to your record label.’ In a moment of weakness he said, ‘Sure,’ and true to his word, although I had to wait around all day, he took me over to 48th street in New York and I got the guitar.”
Marr then started to play the song but stopped to warn viewers, “I’ve not played this song in 25 years. So if I screw it up … you try playing it after 25 years.”
Rumors continue to circulate that The Smiths — who comprised of Morrissey, Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce — could reform. Joyce recently stated, “I actually had a dream that Morrissey, Johnny, Andy, and me were all in the same room and we actually agreed to do a tour.”