Johnny Marr speaks of his dislike for Queen

Johnny Marr has spoken out about his musical likes and dislikes. In an interview with metro newspaper he said, “I’ve always had a blind spot to the music of Queen. It was all-pervasive when I was growing up in the late ’70s and it seems like everyone reveres it. I’m sure they’re nice fellas but it never did anything for me at all. Perhaps it’s because it’s very choral and written on piano. I just couldn’t click with it. I like Brian May, I just don’t like Queen.” He also discussed his dislike for “what passes itself off” as R&B” saying that it is usually based on materialism.

The ex Smiths and Cribs guitarist went on to discuss what he likes about music: “I like short, sharp, snappy songs with glamorous, sexy guitars and lyrics that sound like poetry that moves at the speed of light – that’s what rock or pop music should be about and it should come alive on the stage. Bands you can see and come away knowing they’ve put a lot into it. A lot of bands I saw when I was younger gave me that feeling of really wanting to be there. You feel like you’re having a unique experience with the band and they’re having a unique experience with you.”

He also went on to talk about current bands that he is interested in, including Palma Violets, saying they “were really good last time I saw them”. He also mentioned the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who he also showed an interest in collaborating with a few months ago, saying “Yeah Yeah Yeahs impressed me recently. They’re a good example of people who understand that a stage is worth doing something on.”

After a stint of summer festival appearances including Bestival and as support for legendary Mancs Stone Roses in June, Marr is about to embark on his UK tour before moving on to his extensive US tour, UK dates below:


4 – Gloucester Guildhall
5 – Wrexham Central Station
6 – Newcastle O2 Academy
8 – Edinburgh Picture House
9 – Garage, Aberdeen
10 – Fat Sams, Dundee
12 – Manchester Academy 1
13 – Leeds Met Uni
14 – London Roundhouse