It's been a decade since The Smiths broke up, but fans are still fascinated
with Morrissey and Johnny Marr. This was proven on July 18, 1996 when Johnny
Marr came to CFNY for their "Live in Toronto" show.
On the evening of July 18, 1996 at CFNY's "Live In Toronto" show, ken and I
were two of the fortunate ones to get inside and meet Johnny Marr. Johnny
was there to promote his album with fellow band memeber Bernard Sumner for
their band "Electronic".
Our afternoon in Toronto began at 2:30pm at which time we arrived at the
Eaton Center. To our astonishment, there were only about 15 people in line.
We therefore took our place and waited. Inevitably, the line grew. It grew
until there was no end in sight.
When Johnny and Bernard arrived, the crowed became hysterical, charging
forward hoping to get inside. Most were denied due to the fact that only
those with a signature on their hand were allowed entry. Although we had the
signature it didn't make it any easier for us to get in because of all the
pushing and shoving that was going on.
We managed to get inside. Once
inside, we got as close as we could taking pictures and calling Johnny over
to us. We enjoyed listening to the question and answer session with CFNY and
were treated to autographs. Ken had his photo taken with Johnny. I too had
my picture taken with Johnny while he was autographing my "The Queen Is
Dead" patch on the back of my jean jacket. Overall, Johnny Marr was
everything I thought he would be and while leaving, I noticed that almost
everyone we had seen in Toronto that day were there to see Johnny Marr.