Heaven knows I'm miserable now: Classically Smiths reunion shows could be cancelled
The planned Classically Smiths reunion shows, featuring three original members of the Smiths, could face cancellation following new developments.
Reports emerged yesterday stating that Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and guitarist Craig Gannon were all involved in a series of new live dates, reinterpreting iconic band's songs with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra
However, Rourke has since denied he was ever involved with the project, and Joyce has now also withdrawn from the shows as a result, putting the future of the tour at risk.
Joyce released a statement on Tuesday, saying: “It is with much regret that I have to announce that I will not be taking part in the show(s) Classically Smiths. I entered into agreement in good faith to perform these shows with Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon.
“Unfortunately it became apparent very late that Andy would not be taking part. I agreed with Andy that I would take part in the press conference and inform people that he would not be taking part. Unfortunately on the morning of the press conference I was informed I would not be able to say this.
“After much deliberation and soul searching I have decided that without Andy, an integral part of why I agreed to take part in the first place, I have come to this difficult decision.
"I still believe the shows and concept to be a fantastic idea and wish them all the success they deserve.”The proposed tour had been due to feature a date at London’s Brixton Academy on June 29.
Joyce and Rourke formed the Smiths with Johnny Marr and Morrissey in 1982, while former Aztec Camera member Gannon briefly joined the Smiths in 1986 before leaving the band the same year.