In a recent interview with The Guardian, Johnny Marr revealed that The Smiths had talked about reuniting.
Marr read an exerpt from his upcoming memoir that during the remastering of The Smiths’ catalogue, he had reached out to Morrissey and Andy Rourke. In September 2008, Marr met up with Morrissey at a Manchester pub, and talked about the possibility of re-forming the band. Marr even went so far as to talk to his band at the time, The Cribs, about leaving temporarily to play a few shows with The Smiths.
“For four days, it was a real possibility,” writes Marr.
Morrissey and Marr stayed in contact after the meeting, but once they both went on their separate tours, Marr describes a “radio silence” from Morrissey.
“Our communication ended, and things went back to how they were and how I expect they always will be.”
Since The Smiths broke up in 1987, there have been several rumours about the band reforming. But as Marr writes, “There had been rumours for years that the Smiths were about to re-form, and they were always untrue. I had never pursued any offer.”
If they ever did reform, it would easily be one of the biggest band reunions in recent memory.
Johnny Marr’s memoir, Set the Boy Free, will be in stores November 15.