Johnny Marr's Morrissey invite

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 June 2009
Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr's Morrissey invite

Guitarist Johnny Marr says his former The Smiths bandmate Morrissey would be welcome to join him on stage

Johnny Marr has paved the way for a reunion with Morrissey.

The guitarist - who quit The Smiths in 1987 because of differences with the singer - admits the legendary band are unlikely to reform, but he hasn't ruled out working with the 'First of the Gang to Die' star again.

Asked about the possibility of the duo ever sharing a stage again, Johnny told BANG Showbiz: "I doubt it very much, unless he's interested in guesting with one of the bands I'm in, so I don't think that's going to happen really for some reason.

"Modest Mouse are on a hiatus at the moment but we're a real bunch of super-grown ups and I can play with them any time I like. I probably will be popping up on a few of their records but I'm in The Cribs, they're the band I get in a van with and go on sound checks with and live with at the moment."

Earlier this year, Morrissey admitted he didn't understand why people wanted The Smiths to reform for a series of concerts, because they rarely performed live at the height of their success.

He said: "It confuses me I don't know why people go on about it, wanting something that isn't there.

"The Smiths didn't tour that much really, not worldwide. But it was of its time. The songs are very strong so that make me everlasting.

"The offer reports are very impressive but it's simply another time and it isn't now, it's just not my life now."


The former Smiths frontman and purveyor of bittersweet indie pop continues to enjoy his solo renaissance.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Fri 9 Mar

Sold out / 020 8365 2121

Brighton Centre

Sat 3 Mar

£35–£65 / 0844 847 1515

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Sat 24 Feb

£36.20–£66.20 / 0844 248 1585

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Johnny Marr

Former Smiths guitarist, who's stuck to his indie credentials by gracing the stage with the likes of The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr and Modest Mouse.


1. Viv12 Jun 2009, 2:32pm Report

Why have you used a photo of John Squire to illustrate this story?

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