Rumors are continuing to circulate that the seminal 1980s British pop group The Smiths are set to reform in 2013. They will apparently play four UK shows which will include Saturday evening at Glastonbury.
Differing reports have suggested that all four members of the group — Mike Joyce, Johnny Marr, Morrisey and Andy Rourke — will play together. Others have suggest that only three of the band will perform, and, with Joyce having sued his former bandmates just over a decade ago, it is likely that the drummer won’t join up with his former band.
Coachella music festival had once promised the outspoken lead singer of the group Morrissey that it would go 100 percent vegetarian to host the band. With the singer responding, “Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would ‘not require’ the Smiths’ bass player or drummer .. which I thought certainly said something.”
Johnny Marr’s manager, Joe Moss, has quickly denied any truth in these rumors, telling NME, “It isn’t happening. We are fully focused on preparing Johnny’s new album for release and booking shows for 2013.”
Marr had previously declared that he would only reform the band if the coalition government that currently runs Britain stepped down from power, stating, “We won’t be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I’ll reform the band. How’s that? That’s a fair trade, isn’t it? I think the country would be better off, don’t you? I’ll do it if the coalition steps down.”
The Smiths are one of the most iconic bands of the 1980s and in five short years released several classic albums.