Morrissey Says a Smiths Reunion ‘Doesn’t Make Sense’
Despite reports of numerous high-profile, big-payday offers, the Smiths have not reunited since their 1987 breakup, and that seems to suit their lead singer Morrissey just fine. In a new interview, he once again brushed off the idea.
While speaking to Australia's news.com, the interviewer drew a comparison between the Smiths and Guns N' Roses, who are back on the road again with original members Slash and Duff McKagan back in the group after having been away for more than 20 years. The adage "time heals all wounds" was suggested, to which Morrissey replied, "It’s no longer a question of time or wounds, but simply that the issue is now so remote that the question doesn’t make sense any more."
He also hinted that Warner Bros. denied to make a 30th anniversary edition of The Queen Is Dead because, despite a public demand for physical product, streaming is better for the labels' bottom line. However, a reissue of such a monumental record these days requires a glut of unreleased material to accompany it, and Morrissey admitted that there's not much in their vaults. "Only a cover of Elvis Presley’s 'A Fool Such As I,'" he said. "I don’t even have a copy of it, but I expect it will spring out one day ... when I’m on a life-support machine."
Morrissey is in the middle of a European tour that will wind up with two shows in Israel on Aug. 23-24. After a handful of U.S. dates in September, beginning with Chicago's Riot Fest on Sept. 17, he will play the Far East and Australia throughout October before returning to the U.S. in November. You can see all the dates at his Facebook page.
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