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.

Together again: The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke play ‘How Soon Is Now?’ in Brazil

Together again: The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke play ‘How Soon Is Now?’ in Brazil

Third time’s the charm? One-half of The Smiths reunited on stage Sunday for the third time in less than a year, as bassist Andy Rourke joined Johnny Marr toward the end of his Lollapalooza Brazil set to perform their former band’s classic “How Soon Is Now?”

The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke re-reunite on ‘How Soon Is Now,’ ‘Please, Please, Please’

The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke re-reunite on ‘How Soon Is Now,’ ‘Please, Please, Please’

One-half of The Smiths reunited on stage in New York on Saturday night for the second time this year, as bassist Andy Rourke showed up toward the end of Johnny Marr’s gig at Webster Hall to once again perform their former band’s classic “How Soon Is Now?” and, this time, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” as well.

Video: Johnny Marr plays gorgeous ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ on Fallon

Video: Johnny Marr plays gorgeous ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ on Fallon

Johnny Marr made a return visit to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night, performing “Generate! Generate!” off the new album for broadcast, but then treating the studio audience to a gorgeous, web-only performance of The Smiths’ classic “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.”

Morrissey’s first solo concert: Watch rare video of full 1988 show with ex-Smiths members

Morrissey’s first solo concert: Watch rare video of full 1988 show with ex-Smiths members

It’s Morrissey’s birthday today, and while the ever-dour singer celebrated by declaring war on foie gras, one of his fans took the opportunity to drop a real surprise, marking Moz’s 54th with a leak of ultra-rare, pro-shot video capturing the singer’s first-ever solo concert, with Moz backed by Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, in full.

Video: The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke reunite on ‘How Soon Is Now?’ in Brooklyn

Video: The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke reunite on ‘How Soon Is Now?’ in Brooklyn

As Johnny Marr wraps up his U.S. tour in support of solo album The Messenger, he pulled a very special guest up on stage last night in Brooklyn: former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke who helped play “How Soon Is Now?” in an on-stage reunion of half of that legendary band. Check out video of the performance.

Contest: Win a copy of ‘A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths’

Contest: Win a copy of ‘A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths’

Next month, the new 700-page biography of The Smiths by music writer Tony Fletcher finally comes out in the U.S. — the book, which promises “the complete story” of the iconic band, hit stores in the U.K. in early September — and publisher Crown Archetype has given us a dozen copies to give away to Slicing Up Eyeballs readers.

New biography ‘A Light That Never Goes Out’ promises ‘complete story’ of The Smiths

New biography ‘A Light That Never Goes Out’ promises ‘complete story’ of The Smiths

A new 700-page biography of The Smiths by music writer and biographer Tony Fletcher will be published in the U.K. next week — but not in the U.S. until December — and promises, through “extensive research, dozens of interviews and unprecedented access,” to tell “the complete story” of the iconic Manchester band.

Linkage: Smiths’ Andy Rourke on 1st Wave, plus New Order, Stone Roses, Peter Hook

Linkage: Smiths’ Andy Rourke on 1st Wave, plus New Order, Stone Roses, Peter Hook

Our latest link round-up is all Manchester: The Smiths’ Andy Rourke will appear on Sirius XM’s 1st Wave all weekend, plus New Order has announced a New Zealand concert next year, The Stone Roses have booked festival slots in Norway and Portugal, and Peter Hook will play Joy Division songs in the UK next May and June.