The Smiths, from left: Mike Joyce, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Craig Gannon, Andy Rourke
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.
No official word, as of yet, as what the three are planning, or what their erstwhile bandmates Morrissey and Johnny Marr think of it. Joyce has been on the outs with Morrissey since an ugly lawsuit over royalties in the 1990s. Rourke has remained close to his childhood friend Marr, even appearing on stage with him.
Morrissey, who had contemplated continuing on with The Smiths following Marr’s 1987 departure, made his solo concert debut backed by Rourke, Joyce and Gannon. The trio also played on Morrissey’s singles “The Last of the Famous International Playboys” and “Interesting Drug.”
We’ll update this post once we learn more.