Guitarist Johnny Marr has denied rumours that The Smiths are set to reform later this year after they began circulating online earlier today. (April 26).
It was reported via Music-News.com that the band, led by frontman Morrissey, would reunite for the first time since they split in 1987 to play a number of live dates this year. It was claimed in the story that the information came via a big name live music promoter in the UK.
However, the story has been flatly denied by Marr who posted the folowing short statement on his official website this afternoon. “Once again the rumours of a Smiths reunion are untrue. It’s not happening”
Smiths drummer Mike Joyce also joined in with the denial, telling The Mirror: "When I first heard about it I was… to say 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, as far as I know – which could be a good thing,”
Meanwhile, NME states that a powerful source in the live music industry also disputes the chances of any Smiths reunion happening this year.
Johnny Marr previously claimed that The Smiths will only reform when the coalition government lose power in the UK.