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Johnny Marr Mulls Modest Mouse Guest Spot at Reading and Leeds 2010


Introduced as ‘Johnny Jarman’ when he played with the Cribs at the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2008, Johnny Marr is mulling over the possibility of playing not only with them, but also with Modest Mouse on the same day.

Modest Mouse — which Marr was a member of — are playing the festival along with the Cribs at Reading on Saturday Aug. 28, and Leeds on Friday, Aug. 27 on the main stage at this year’s event.

With the line-up for Reading and Leeds 2010 announced on Monday, March 29, former Smiths guitarist and Morrissey sparring partner Marr asked NME, “I didn’t know Modest Mouse were on — are they on just before us?”

The guitarist recorded a US Billboard number one album with Modest Mouse ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’ in 2006 — Marr’s first ever US top spot placing — and toured with them prior to joining the Jarmans in Wakefield indie band the Cribs.

Asked if he would make a live guest appearance with Modest Mouse, before the Cribs own slot, Marr said, “You never know. What would be a good idea is that if I grew a beard like a good Musketeer, then while the other band in between us are playing just go and have a shave.”

Marr also explained that both bands are friends anyway, saying, “We were all together when the Cribs played in Portland about six weeks ago, that was really nice. Everybody’s just so easy being around each other — it’s sickeningly healthy, really.”

Reading and Leeds festival 2010 headliners announced yesterday on Spinner are Guns N’Roses, Blink-182 and Arcade Fire. Two bands set to reform for the August Bank Holiday weekend event, August 27-29, are Queens of the Stone Age and the Libertines.