Watch The Cult's Billy Duffy join Johnny Marr to perform The Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?'

The Cult’s Billy Duffy has joined Johnny Marr on stage to play tracks by The Smiths and Depeche Mode. Take a look at footage of the second beneath.

The gig passed off on the Cheese and Grain venue in Frome final night time (August 16) as a part of Johnny Marr’s newest run of solo gigs, and featured various tracks from throughout his discography, together with solo tracks and classics by The Smiths.

Followers ultimately night time’s present, nonetheless, had been left stunned after the singer-songwriter and guitarist introduced out The Cult’s Billy Duffy as a shock visitor for the night.

The on-stage look is the most recent of the a number of occasions the 2 musicians have joined forces, as they each have an extended historical past of enjoying music collectively – stemming again to their adolescent years.

Assembly in Manchester throughout their childhood, Duffy was in an early incarnation of The Smiths with Morrissey and had additionally performed guitar with Marr when the latter was simply 12 years previous. It was additionally by means of the three of them attending a Patti Smith gig in 1978 that Marr was launched to Morrissey – resulting in the formation of The Smiths.

Johnny Marr, 2023. CREDIT: Press

From then each Marr and Duffy have gone on to document and play dwell quite a few occasions, together with recording their very own model of the Ennio Morricone spaghetti western theme tune ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’, which was recorded in 1992.

On the shock look in Frome final night time, the 2 collaborated for a efficiency of one in every of The Smiths’ most well-known tracks, ‘How Soon Is Now?’. Earlier than this, nonetheless, Marr launched The Cult guitarist to the stage with a joint cowl of Depeche Mode’s 1993 hit, ‘I Feel You’.

After the set, Marr took to his Instagram to share a picture of them each on stage, writing within the caption: “Thanks to my friend Billy Duffy for joining us tonight in Frome. It was rockin alright. Nice one Billy.”

Moreover, Duffy additionally expressed his happiness to be on stage with Marr once more in a brand new assertion (through press). “Always a pleasure to get up [on the] stage with my oldest pal and throw a few shapes, just like we dreamed in 1975,” he started.

“It was great to hang out and I hope to throw something a little different into the mix….plus I get to enjoy the rest of John’s show.”

Take a look at fan-captured footage of the present beneath.

That is the second time that the previous Smiths guitarist has been joined on stage for a efficiency of one of many band’s songs. Earlier this month, Gaz Coombes joined him to play traditional observe ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ at Lakefest 2023.

Up subsequent, Marr is ready to proceed his run of dwell solo performances with a slot at The Scholar’s Union in Plymouth tonight (August 17). Tomorrow, he may also make an look at this 12 months’s version of the Lovely Days competition, held at Escot Park.

As for Duffy, later this 12 months, the singer-songwriter and guitarist is ready to rejoin forces with Ian Astbury to tour the UK, Eire and US as a part of their band Demise Cult.

The dwell reveals had been introduced earlier this week (August 14), and the mission is an early incarnation of The Cult. Kicking off in November with a gig in Belfast, the tour will see the 2 play the identical small golf equipment that they performed in when first starting their careers.

It’s going to additionally have a good time 40 years since they first shaped, deal with their eponymous EPs, and “boast a setlist that spans the three phases of the band, from Southern Death Cult, to Death Cult, and The Cult’s first two albums: ‘Dreamtime’ (1984) and ‘Love’ (1985).”

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