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The Smiths in not reforming shocker

By | Published on Friday 27 April 2012

The Smiths

The Smiths aren’t reforming. This should come as no surprise to you because The Smiths will never reform and everyone should shut up about it. The Smiths, to their credit, are one of the seemingly small number of bands who recognise that reforming a band is nothing more than a commercial exercise that should be sneered at.

Still, yesterday ran a story claiming that the band had decided to perform together for the first time since 1987 this autumn, and were currently bashing out the details with “a well-known promoter”. The news quickly spread around social networks, with even Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr getting in on the action on Twitter, writing: “Hey Everybody!! Amazing news! My amp is fixed!”

Over on Facebook he published a slightly longer statement, saying: “Thanks to those with hearts and smarts. I don’t know where this stuff starts. Not from me. I got things to do. The rumour of the Smiths reunion is untrue. It’s not happening”.

Drummer Mike Joyce also commented on the rumours, saying via his radio show on Beatwolf Radio, according to the Daily Mirror: “When I first heard about it I was… to say [I was] surprised and rather shocked was a bit of an understatement. Obviously I had to keep my emotions in check because there’s a lot of people in the office. It’s not happening folks, [or] as far as I know. Now, if it was going to happen without me then, yeah – I don’t know. Avec me [though], then I would have known about it, wouldn’t I?”

As for the possibility of a reunion one day, he continued: “Who knows, in the future [it might happen]. We don’t know, do we, really – cos we can never know. I mean, there’s quite a few bands who have got back together again who people said it would never happen, and they did. Only time will tell”.

Time will tell indeed. Though, now I come to think about it, Johnny Marr did say earlier this year that if the current coalition government stepped down then The Smiths would reform. And the way things are going, the Cameron/Clegg party may well have fallen apart by the Autumn. Oh my God, this is actually happening. The Smiths are definitely getting back together. Definitely. Why else would Johnny Marr be getting his amp fixed?