Noel speculates on Smiths reunion

Noel Gallagher has suggested that The Smiths may be the next big reunion. Taking time out from promoting his own High Flying Birds project on Australian TV, Gallagher enthused about the possibility of the iconic Manchester band getting back together.

"The one everybody would like to see is The Smiths and they say it's not going to happen,” Gallagher said. “But they said the Roses wouldn't happen and they said Led Zeppelin wouldn't happen."

Gallagher didn't have any inside information, but was reflecting a music industry rumour that a reunion was no longer a completely preposterous idea. The assumption for a long time has been that The Smiths would reunite only over Morrissey's dead body, with the singer estranged from guitarist Johnny Marr, and harbouring extreme antipathy towards drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke after a bitter court case.

Recently though, Morrissey has been bemoaning the fact that he can no longer get a record deal for his solo material. The other three have no significant projects to occupy them. The singer has not been averse to the sort of spectacular material rewards that The Stone Roses recently attracted for their reunion shows. The Smiths could earn substantially more, particularly in America.

In the past Gallagher has been a scathing critic of bands looking to cash in on past glories. These days he seems to have mellowed. He was even looking forward to seeing The Stone Roses back on stage. "I'm happy for them, it's great for the fans. It's going to be great, what can I say?".

Gallagher's own arena tour of the UK starts in February 2012.

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