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Johnny Marr Premieres ‘Easy Money’ Video, Plays Smiths Songs at Soccer Event

Fans of legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr are getting a taste of his new solo material while about 5,000 lucky soccer fans were treated to a stroll through his past last night.

Marr just unveiled the video for his song ‘Easy Money’ and also performed a handful of classic Smiths tunes last night at Manchester City Football Club‘s Premier League opening party.

The video (above), directed by David Barnes, depicts Marr playing in a mostly empty pub before he wanders through a casino, an arcade and a convenience store and waves two stacks of cash like the gangsta he is outside an amusement park.

He told Pitchfork the video is “a ‘high times in low rent England’ kind of thing” whereas the song “‘Easy Money’ is more of a ‘low times in high rent England’ kind of thing.” It’ll be on Marr’s upcoming solo album, ‘Playland.’

Meanwhile in Manchester, England, Marr — a huge soccer fan — spent last evening playing at the Manchester City FC opening event, according to NME. In addition to showcasing new material, he also dipped into the Smiths catalog for performances of ‘How Soon is Now?’ ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘Hang the DJ.’

He said, “It was a cool gig. City fans are a rock ‘n’ roll crowd, my type of people, we’re a breed and I’m one of them.”

Check out fan-filmed footage of Marr rocking ‘How Soon Is Now?’ below:

Next: Johnny Marr's Best Post-Smiths Songs

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