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Johnny Marr Breaks His Hand

03/17/2014
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(Gibson) Johnny Marr has said that future live shows are in jeopardy after he broke his right hand while running. The ex-Smiths/The The/Electronic/Modest Mouse/Cribs guitarist and now solo artist fell while he was out running in London last week, and now has his right hand in plaster.

In a statement issued to NME, Marr said: "I was running pretty fast and just went straight over. I banged my shoulder and then realised my hand was in a bad way. Obviously we're hoping there's no long term damage."

Marr, who is currently touring his 2013 debut solo album The Messenger, said he is still hoping to play his planned future live shows, but these all depend on how well his hand heals.

"The plan is to do the Leeds Brudenell (U.K.) shows on March 24 and 25 and then the dates I have in South America as long as I can play the guitar when the plaster comes off. Usually that would be after six weeks but I'm hoping it will be OK, it's a bit up in the air at this point. I may have to start drinking heavily." As Marr is now a vegan non-drinker, the last sentence is a joke. Marr is also a keen runner, but he may be rethinking hitting London streets any time soon.

Marr still plans to release a new solo album in September 2014. "I've got a new record coming out in the end of September. I wanted to do the second one really quick. For me, it was just about being on tour and wanting to capture the spirit of the band and the audience before it wears off. I'd been touring for 11 months so I wanted to keep that same energy. I didn't want to overthink it." more on this story

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