Win Tickets ($55): Johnny Marr @ Roseland Theater | English musician, Songwriter and Singer, Legendary Guitar Player, w/ Belle Game

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Johnny Marr @ Roseland Theater on September 22. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, September 17.


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Johnny Marr
September 22, 2018
All Ages General Admission Floor | 21 & Over Reserved Seating Balcony
$27.50 – $50 | 8 p.m. Show

Roseland Theater
8 Northwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR

The early 1980s weren’t the best of times to be an aspiring guitar player. Twenty years earlier, the head of Decca records, Dick Rowe, had made the biggest A&R gaff in pop history with the legendary clanger “Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr Epstein”. But in 1982, Rowe’s apocalyptic prophecy suddenly sounded frighteningly real. After the initial roar and storm of punk, British pop music had succumbed to a synthesizer-driven pursuit of new waves and new romanticisms. In an age of Vienna’s, Tainted Love’s and Too Shy’s, the pure sound of six-stringed, melodic pop – be it as amorous as The Beatles, as lascivious as The Stones or as giddy as T.Rex – was fast becoming a lost cause with few willing to fight its corner.

That all changed with Johnny Marr.

Born in Manchester on Halloween 1963, of Irish heritage, Marr’s earliest musical memories are the get-togethers of his extended family, perhaps – as his early guitar idol Marc Bolan would sing – dancing himself out of the womb to the traditional strains of Black Velvet Band. As a child he’d be spellbound by his parents’ record collection: the forlorn dramas of Del Shannon, the prison doldrums of Johnny Cash and the heart-popping bliss of his mother’s Four Tops singles. All these influences would linger at the back of the boy Marr’s brain, waiting for the command to attack his finger tips at a later date.

That date finally came during the early summer of 1982 when Marr, just 18 years-old, formed The Smiths after seeking out the reclusive and elusive Stretford poet, Morrissey. Musically, the sound of The Smiths was a guitar noise nostalgically familiar yet equally dumbfounding in its pristine newness. The tunes were giant, euphoric and instantaneous but woven together with such nimble flair it appeared as if the guitar was playing Marr instead of the other way round. Lost for words, early critics of the day undersold him with the words “jingle” and “jangle” when, had they tried, they might better have described the sound of Johnny Marr as that of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in angry animation. Or the echo of diamonds raining down upon zinc-plated cobblestones. Or the sound of kitchen cutlery bouncing off a gaffer-taped Telecaster (which, ridiculous as it sounds, is how Marr achieved some of the resonant clangs in This Charming Man.)

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22 Responses to Win Tickets ($55): Johnny Marr @ Roseland Theater | English musician, Songwriter and Singer, Legendary Guitar Player, w/ Belle Game

  1. Michael September 4, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

    Johnny Marr is a rock icon. His guitar work has inspired so many of today’s alternative rock musicians. If I win these tickets I will be right up front rocking out at The Roseland.

  2. John September 4, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    Finally a chance to see Johnny Marr without that Morrissey hogging up the spotlight.

  3. Joseph September 5, 2018 at 6:20 am #

    Truly madly deeply is how I’ve always felt about Marr’s Music. Whether it be with Smiths, Heads, The The, MoMouse, Electronic, or solo, Marr has always made my headphones the place to be. Pick me and I will feel infinite joy!

  4. Cindy Early McDermid September 5, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Johnny Marr is amazing and one of the best musicians of our time. I would love to catch this show!

  5. Julie G September 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    Would Love to see Johnny at the Roseland!!!!

  6. Mike September 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    Amazing guitar player at an amazing venue. PDXPIPELINE please hook me up with tickets to this great concert.

  7. Paul September 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    I’d truly love to see Johnny Marr!
    Being a HUGE Smith’s fan for many many years and a fan of his solo work as well.
    I’d love the chance to see him live.

  8. Maureen A. September 6, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

    I would love to see Johnny Marr!

  9. Aaron Cullen September 7, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    This would be fun!

  10. Aaron Cullen September 7, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Pick me!

  11. Mary September 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    This would be Marr than I could ever ask for, but, please? I LOVE Johnny Marr!

  12. Teresa September 7, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

    I love love The Smiths. Johnny Marr is an ICON and LeGEND!!! And my husband being British would be so surprised!!!!! Please???

  13. Don September 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    Yes, pleeeezzzz….

  14. Gary Sanders September 11, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    oh HELL YEAH, please, please!!!

  15. Dman September 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh! Yes! Must see him. J’adore Marr.

  16. Doug Child September 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

    I’d love to see this concert!

  17. Evan David September 11, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

    I would love to experience this show….

  18. Ken September 11, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

    A living legend , this would be a dream!

  19. Dave G. September 11, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    Returning to Portland that day, but I’d definitely go that night, if I won tickets!

  20. Tanya September 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Please, Please, Please let me win these Johnny Marr tickets!

  21. Yaz September 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    This Charming Man, ah yes please…

    Ok, ok, ok…I was able to see Morrissey a few years back and this would make my Smith’s passion complete short of being able to see them perform together!!!

  22. gregb September 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Marr on guitar, yesh

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