Johnny Marr has seemingly shot down the latest rumor of a reunion by The Smiths, replying on Twitter to a fan’s question about the report of a 2020 tour by the long-defunct band –“Is this crap, mate?” — by simply saying, “Nigel Farage on guitar.”

On Tuesday, fansite morrissey-solo.com posted the following message from “a trusted source”:

Concert industry insiders, not authorized to speak publicly, say concert giant “Live Nation” has won the rights for the long-awaited Smiths reunion to happen next year. We know what you’re already singing to yourself (“stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before”), but because dates and venues are already said to be in the “plotting stage,” this would indicate that a Morrissey-Marr reunion is closer than ever to becoming a reality. There’s no word yet on if all four original members will share the concert stage. Morrissey just completed his “California Son” tour. According to his website, Johnny Marr has no upcoming shows scheduled. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned.

The report, of course, was deemed ridiculous by many of The Smiths’ fans, not just because of the long and deeply held acrimony among the band’s former members — particularly between Morrissey and the band’s former drummer Mike Joyce — but also the growing ostracization by fans and the media of Morrissey for his anti-immigrant and right-wing political stances.

On Twitter today, fan Nick Tudor asked Marr about the validity of the report, writing, “Need to know pretty sharpish so I can get a loan and sell everything I own to go to every date!” Marr’s only response was to name-check the leader of the U.K.’s right-wing Brexit Party.

 



 

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