Update: Johnny Marr has posted on his Facebook: “The rumour of the Smiths reunion is untrue. It’s not happening.”
Cue a tirade of “what, by hologram?” jokes: British website Music-News.com reports that the Smiths are in talks to reform for a major fall tour, based on “a source” reporting that the band have been discussing the notion with a “well known promoter.” There’s little to make the story seem anything but spurious at this stage, particularly given the assertion that the move was inspired by the Stone Roses’ reunion. Johnny Marr tweeted at 12:51 GMT:
Hey Everybody !! Amazing news !….My amp is fixed ! Johnny.
If it is true, then Marr’s position has changed since early March, when he wryly told the NME that it’d take the current UK coalition government stepping down for the Manchester band to reform.
It won’t have escaped your notice that the band have reportedly been offered millions of pounds to reform over the years, with the band’s final concert having taken place at London’s Brixton Academy in December 1986. Watch the Smiths play “The Queen Is Dead” at that show below.