Morrissey and Marr rule out Smiths reunion
Rumours of a Smiths reunion in 2013 were unfounded, it seems. A website had excitedly suggested that The Smiths had agreed to reform to play Glastonbury next summer, but the principal players, singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, moved quickly to pour cold water on the notion.
The Holy Moly website had reported that the Smiths reunion was a "done deal" and that the band would play four shows including Glastonbury. The story offered conflicting sources, some suggesting that the original line-up would be playing, others saying that drummer Mike Joyce was not involved.
A spokesman for Morrissey told Rolling Stone that "The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite – ever." The eight "evers" would seem to be fairly definitive, although Morrissey is nothing if not capricious.
The rumours have rumbled on ever since Marr suggested that if the present government, headed by notorious Smiths fan David Cameron, were to step down, he would consider reforming the band. On this occasion Marr said "It isn’t happening."
Although the money-conscious Morrissey must have witnessed with appalled fascination the huge sums earned by The Stone Roses for their reunion, it seems there is still too much acrimony lingering between the former members for a reunion to be considered. Morrissey has held a particular grudge against Joyce ever since the drummer successful sued for a share of the Smiths royalties.
Asked by Rolling Stone why the band could never reform, the singer’s spokesman said: "You'd have to ask Morrissey that. There's got to be a story there, and maybe one day it will be told."