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Smiths Reunion Not Happening, Johnny Marr’s Manager Insists

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An online report that surfaced yesterday (Oct. 1) claiming that “several credible sources” had confirmed plans for the Smiths to reunite in 2013 for four shows has been outright denied by guitarist Johnny Marr’s manager. “It isn’t happening,” manager Joe Moss told NME. “We are fully focused on preparing Johnny’s new album for release and booking shows for 2013.”

The report, which was posted by the celebrity gossip site Holy Moly!, claimed a Smiths’ reunion was “a done deal,” that “dates are booked” and that “Glastonbury is one of four dates,” referring of course to the annual British festival. That said, there was conflicting information regarding which members would take part in the comeback. One report claimed all four original members were on board, while another said drummer Mike Joyce was not asked to take part.

Earlier this year, Marr announced plans to release an as-yet-untitled new album with his solo backing band the Healers, which will follows the 2003 Johnny Marr and the Healers release, ‘Boomslang.’ “The chances of a Smiths reunion are slimmer than ever as Johnny’s begun work on a solo album,” said a source at the time. “Major labels are interested and it is likely to be released towards the end of the year.”

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