Tag: Andy Rourke

Members of The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths remake ‘Tower of Strength’ for COVID relief

Members of The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths remake ‘Tower of Strength’ for COVID relief

Wayne Hussey has enlisted current and former members of The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Cult, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus and The Smiths for an all-star remake of The Mission’s 1988 anthem “Tower of Strength” to benefit “key workers dealing with COVID-19 globally.” Full details right here.

Ex-members announce Classically Smiths concerts, but Andy Rourke denies involvement

Ex-members announce Classically Smiths concerts, but Andy Rourke denies involvement

After cryptic hints Friday, the cat’s now out of the bag: The Smiths’ Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, plus “fifth member” Craig Gannon, will perform the band’s beloved songs backed by a full orchestra in the U.K. this summer, the Manchester Evening News reported today. No dates have yet been announced.

The Smiths’ Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke up to something with 5th member Craig Gannon

The Smiths’ Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke up to something with 5th member Craig Gannon

It appears that Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, the rhythm section of The Smiths, are planning something — a concert? a full tour? — this year with Craig Gannon, the onetime Aztec Camera member who toured with The Smiths as a second guitarist toward the end of the band’s life.

Listen: Peter Hook and Andy Rourke talk New Order, The Smiths, Manchester and more

Listen: Peter Hook and Andy Rourke talk New Order, The Smiths, Manchester and more

The latest episode of the Talkhouse podcast — which features musicians interviewing musicians — finds old friends, bassists and fellow Mancuinans Andy Rourke of The Smiths and Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order talking a walk down memory lane in a 25-minute chat.

Heaven knows we’re miserable now: The Smiths snubbed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Heaven knows we’re miserable now: The Smiths snubbed by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The prospects of The Smiths all gathering in the same room — forget about a live performance, just getting the four together behind a podium would have been a miracle — were dashed early Tuesday when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced next year’s inductees, a list that did not include the first-time nominees.

The Smiths nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — plus Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk

The Smiths nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — plus Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, Kraftwerk

After six years of eligibility, The Smiths were nominated today for induction as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, joining a list of nominees that includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the late Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Sting and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.