Reunions — October 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: New round of The Smiths reunion rumors fly

Couple times each year, the Internet goes a flutter with wild rumors that The Smiths finally will reunite, and it appears we’re in the midst of another round, thanks to a recent interview with Morrissey himself and a totally unverified report that the band will reunite next year for four concerts in England, possibly headlining Glastonbury.

First up is Moz’s revelation in an interview with Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper about Coachella allegedly offering to banish all meat from the festival grounds in exchange for a Smiths reunion — or, rather, Morrissey and Johnny Marr performing as The Smiths.

Here’s what he said:

At Coachella a few years you complained about the waft of burning flesh from a nearby barbeque. Has that been a problem since at outdoor shows?

Not at all, and interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100-percent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would ‘not require’ the Smiths’ bass player or drummer … which I thought certainly said something.

Then comes a report today from U.K. tabloid site Holy Moly that the Smiths have agreed to four U.K. show next year, noting, “despite such rumours turning out to be total balls in the past, this one has enough weight to it that we’re prepared to call it confirmed, and hang the consequences.”

The last time such rumors swirled, back in April, Marr was quick to quash them. So far, he hasn’t addressed the report.


UPDATE: Reps for both Morrissey and Johnny Marr reportedly have denied the reunion.






  1. Nonsense, The Smiths will never take the stage again.

  2. I really hope so!!! I just don’t know what they’re waiting for… o.O

  3. richardramirez

    he will have to eat his testicles first… or something to that effect before reuniting with mike joyce and andy rourke… if its just him and marr, there my friends is the loophole which makes a semi smiths reunion a possibility!!

  4. Notch Johnson

    If possible without the drummer and bass player (there might be some hard feelings over the law suite abd resulting judgment. ;)) I give it a fifty fifty chance of happening. I really can’t blame them for cashing out and retiring. I’ve got to believe the offers are tempting: 4 shows instead of grinding out the tour Moz is in the middle of?

  5. I’d be happy with a Morrissey & Marr new album collaboration and a tour featuring a few new songs and a whole lot of Smiths!

  6. Sorry, no Andy or Mike, doesn’t count. Andy’s bass was a massive part of the magic.

  7. It would not be The Smiths without Mike and Andy!!! That’s like saying Keith Ricards and Jagger touring as the Stones with just the two of them. Lets just call it Morrissey & Marr. I’d still see them together but call it what it is…

  8. Harsh Truth

    It will never happen. Joyce and Rourke are too busy DJing grotty NYC clubs for $150 a night.

  9. Saying that The Smiths reunited is like saying Morrissey is not an asshole

  10. Claire Sudwell

    I see it happening. They need to have one last go at it, and leave it alone. And I am sure that they would both enjoy it a lot.

  11. They’ll ask Andy but not Mike. Mozz will have the final deadly blow aimed firmly at Joyce’s heart. Maybe he’ll put him on the guest list just to really rub it in!!! Joyce should never have won that court case.

  12. Any word from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame yet? If the Smiths get inducted, I’m predicting Morrissey & Marr show up, but they let someone else play their songs.

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