You can’t say they’re not persistent: Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival apparently continue to make offers to land a reunion of The Smiths to headline the annual festival, with Morrissey reporting this week that he has yet again turned down an offer to have the defunct indie giants top the 2013 bill.
According to a statement posted to fansite True To You, which long has been Moz’s preferred venue for all variety of news and announcements, “Morrissey has refused a Smiths headline offer for this year’s Coachella Festival.” No further elaboration was offered on that claim.
Rumors of The Smiths headlining Coachella are nothing new, nor are reports of the festival’s attempts to land the classic act — a booking that no doubt would be the event’s greatest coup.
Last fall, a new round of reunion speculation bubbled up after Morrissey was quoted as saying that following his famously meat-marred 2009 appearance at the California festival, “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.”
Representatives for Morrissey and Marr in October denied all plans for a Smiths reunion.
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS:
- Morrissey to play ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ next week on eve of U.S. tour
- Morrissey reschedules U.S. tour, adds 8 dates, replaces Stooges with Patti Smith in L.A.
- Morrissey to resume U.S. tour in early January following dates in Australia, New Zealand
- Morrissey cancels remainder of U.S. tour over ailing mother, promises to reschedule
- Morrissey announces 33-date U.S. tour — including L.A. show with Iggy & The Stooges
- ‘The Smiths — Complete’ box set: 8 albums on vinyl, CD; plus 25 7-inch singles, DVD