Mike Joyce sued his former bandmates in the 1990s over missing royalties that he believed were rightfully his, and he was eventually awarded £1 million for his troubles. The band haven’t played together for close to 26 years, but Joyce still believes that if the quartet were in the same room together they could come to an agreement.
“I actually had a dream that Morrissey, Johnny, Andy [Rourke] and me were all in the same room and we actually agreed to do a tour. Morrissey said, ‘What song shall we open with?’ and we replied in unison, “Hand In Glove.” That’s what the show should open with. Then I woke up laughing,” Joyce told The Sun.
Joyce also revealed that he would be optimistic the group could sound as good as they ever did, stating, “It would sound great. I’m a better player than I was. Morrissey’s voice is still incredible, Johnny is playing great. With the equipment and PA systems 30 years on, if we got up on stage and played, it would sound incredible.”
Various promoters have attempted to get the indie band back together, and recently Joyce was asked the same question, “I said, ‘You’re asking the wrong man.’ I don’t think about it every day. But if they asked me, I’d probably say yes. If you put everyone in the same room it’s amazing how things can turn around.”
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