After more than three years of providing guitar lines and credibility boosts to The Cribs, Johnny Marr has left the British band to concentrate on his own solo work. Marr had become an official member of the group in 2008, contributing to the songwriting on 2009’s Ignore The Ignorant, bringing tons of Smiths diehards to the group’s live shows, and not so subtly stealing the spotlight in all of their promo photos before quietly leaving the band in January. In confirming his departure, Marr said on his website that he’s currently making plans to release two solo albums within the next year, as well as do more soundtrack work along the lines of his scores for Inception and the upcoming The Big Bang. He’s also got that “tell-all” memoir, of course, which will hopefully keep his tenure in The Cribs to maybe just a chapter in favor of some good Morrissey dirt.
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