Look, we know—every year, almost like clockwork, rumors begin to swell that The Smiths will finally reunite, following their acrimonious break-up in 1987. And, every year, those rumors are almost immediately—and rather derisively—swatted away by former Smiths frontman Morrissey (guitarist Johnny Marr can be a little nicer). And it’s that time of year again—that’s right, a fresh batch of Smiths reunion rumors have leaked. But this time (we know, we know), it looks like it may actually be happening.
In a recent interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, Morrissey talks about the kind of offers the band has been getting to reunite, including a rather interesting (and insulting) one from Coachella organizers. Previously, the famously vegetarian Morrissey had played a solo set at Coachella and complained of the smell of “burning flesh” from the hamburger kiosks.
“…interestingly 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. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would ‘not require’ the Smiths’ bass player or drummer … which I thought certainly said something.”
Interesting, but not exactly evidence of an impending reunion. But, U.K. rag Holy Moly is now reporting that the Smiths have agreed to perform four U.K. sets next year, even going so far as to declare “despite such rumours turning out to be total balls in the past, this one has enough weight to it that we’re prepared to call it confirmed, and hang the consequences.”
More on whether or not this is true (or “total balls”) as it happens.
Source: Slicing Up Eyeballs