Monday, October 1, 2012

The Smiths Reuniting? Don't Get Your Hopes Up

Various news sites such as Holy Moly! are reporting that The Smiths will be reuniting in 2013 for four UK shows, including Glastonbury. What's the source for the current hysteria? On September 27, Australia's Herald Sun uncovered this tidbit in an email interview with Morrissey:
At Coachella a few years you complained about the waft of burning flesh from a nearby barbeque. Has that been a problem since at outdoor shows?
Not at all, and interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100-per-cent 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.
The burning flesh incident in question occurred during his 2009 Coachella main stage performance. So, "the following year" would be 2010. Goldenvoice offered to go meat-free in 2010 for Morrissey and Marr to reunite with the rhythm section of their choice, and this offer clearly was not accepted. Thanks to the purple monkey dishwasher phenomenon, "the following year" seems to have been taken out of context and converted into "next year." In short, he's talking about a previous offer, and thanks to a lack of research and reading comprehension all around, your facebook and twitter feeds are now flooded with reunion "confirmations". As if Glastonbury tickets weren't already a challenge to reserve...