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Thursday, September 18, 2014
What's the story with Johnny Marr's guitars, Noel?
Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has revealed he loaned Noel Gallagher two guitars when Oasis were starting out - and never got either back.
The Ardwick-born musician gave his protégé the Les Paul he wrote the iconic Smiths song Panic on, only for it to get smashed up on stage not long after.
The 50-year-old, who has also played with The The and Modest Mouse, then replaced it with the instrument he used while writing and recording The Queen Is Dead but never saw that again either.
“I went to see a couple of their early shows and it was literally like 12 people and a dog and a few of their friends,” he said in a radio interview.
“He asked me what I thought and I said to him: ‘Well, you’ve taken a long, long time in between songs tuning up, you’ve just got to get another guitar.’
“And he said to me: ‘Well that’s alright for you, you’re Johnny Marr, and I’m on the dole and I’ve got this one guitar.’”
Seeing the band’s potential, generous Johnny offered to lend him a guitar and went back to his studio to select one.
“I thought: ‘I’ve got to give him something that’s pretty cool so I gave him a Les Paul that I wrote Panic on and did quite a bit of Smiths stuff on and he just fell in love with it,” he said.
“He wrote a few songs on it straight away and he just kind of bonded with that guitar and it meant so much to him.”
Noel carried on the guitar’s legacy of producing Manchester anthems by penning Live Forever on it.
But shortly afterwards, Johnny got a ‘panicked phone call’ the morning after a rowdy Oasis gig in Newcastle.
“There had been a stage invasion and some fight on stage and Noel had hit someone with the guitar,” he recalled in the BBC Radio 5 Live interview.
“The guitar had been broken anyway and Noel was in a bit of a state about it.
“I said: ‘Don’t worry about it man, these things happen.’ And he said: ‘No but I need another one.’”
Having ‘set the bar’ with his first loan, Johnny then parted with the guitar he used on The Queen Is Dead, whose inside sleeve famously features Johnny and bandmates Morrissey, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce outside Salford Lads’ Club.
He said: “I didn’t have the heart to take that off him so he’s still got that as well.”
via L4e / source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk
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