That Smiths 'reunion' has already been cancelled
We may have only announced that The Smiths were (kind of) reuniting yesterday (January 22), but it's already been confirmed that the comeback is now off.
The iconic '80s group were set to reunite – without lead singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr – for a series of live shows called Classically Smiths.
Bassist Andy Rourke, drummer Mike Joyce and guitarist Craig Gannon were planning on bringing the heady days of the Madchester music scene back to stages in a series of performances alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra this summer.
But now it's all over.
"In response to recent comments in the press, the planned Classically Smiths events will now no longer be taking place," a spokesperson for the show's producer confirmed to NME.
The comments refer to those of Andy Rourke, who claimed that he had not consented for the project to "act on [his] behalf or [his] name". "Nothing was ever confirmed," he added.
Rourke, who is also a member of D.A.R.K, a band fronted by the late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, has also reportedly hit out at "false statements" made about the project in the wake of O'Riordan's sudden death.
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"I am deeply saddened that during the week of the death of my dear friend Dolores O'Riordan, that false statements are made on my behalf," he said.
"At no time did I give my consent for anyone in connection with this Classically Smiths project to act on my behalf or my name and nothing was ever confirmed, approved or contracted by me or my team."
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