Rumor had it that The Smiths teased a possible return and now it has been revealed as true. Though, it’s not quite the perfect reunion you might have hoped for after a 30-year wait.
It’s been announced by the Manchester Evening news that front-man Morrissey and co-songwriter Johnny Marr will be absent at this summer’s reconciliation. Making the usual pentagonal, now a trio. As a substitute for the empty hole, the remaining members drummer Mike Joyce, bassist Andy Rourke, and second guitarist Craig Gannon will be accompanied by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.
The live sinfonietta will be collaborating alongside the three on stage to present “Classically Smiths.” The display will turn favored Smith songs into symphonious versions in a string of vital concerts. The show will take place in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh leading up to a complete UK tour.
Though, without the creative touch formed by Morrissey and Marr, it doesn’t feel like the iconic indie-rock band we all adore. This alone is making fans skeptical that it will ultimately be a downer. However, the “Other three guys” are keeping a positive outlook on the entire situation.Promising a pleasurable new step-up to The Smiths high-rating songbook.
“I’m massively excited to be playing with Andy and Craig again, but introducing a full orchestra into the mix takes this to another level.” Said Joyce. “There’ll be Smiths classics in the set, but I can’t wait to play the songs that have never been heard live before. With the addition of an orchestra, it will sound as unique as it will immense. I’m really looking forward to fans being able to hear the songs in a way they’ve never been heard before, either on record or live. On the stage, or out front, this is going to be quite an experience for us all.”
The Manchester Camerata Orchestra holds a successful record for turning old hits into big crowd pleasers. So of course, The Smiths are no exception since they are already well liked. Just last fall, the band reissued their 1986 album The Queen Is Dead. So they have never been entirely out of the limelight among public supporters.
The song list preferences included will be; “Hand In Glove,” “How Soon Is Now?,” “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,” “A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours,” “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want,” “Oscillate Wildy,” “Shoplifters Of The World Unite,” “Girlfriend In A Coma,” and “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me.” All the cherished classics that never died down.
Classically Smiths will play at the three dates listed below before their UK tour launch later in the year. Other guest singers will also be present, but that’s still unknown for the moment. Unfortunately, it’s not certain if the “Epic staging’ will traverse beyond to the U.S. but it’s hopeful.
06-28 Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
06-29 London, England – O2 Academy, Brixton
07-02 Edinburgh, Scotland – Usher Hall