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The Smiths (minus a couple of members) reunite for classical show

By | Published on Monday 22 January 2018

Classically Smiths

It’s happened. It’s finally happened. They said it never would – perhaps never could – but everyone has their price. That’s right, The Smiths have announced a reunion. OK, sure, not everyone’s involved, but how much input did Steven Morrissey and Johnny Marr ever really have in that whole venture anyway?

Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon (the former Aztec Camera bassist who was briefly a member of The Smiths in 1986) are getting back together, replacing the other two with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra. Together, they will tour a new show by the name of Classically Smiths.

“To have been there the first time round and seen it first hand, and to still be such a big fan of The Smiths today, I am both THRILLED and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths”, says Rourke. “I’m really proud of the band’s work, and being able to present those songs again in this particular production format promises to be a real gift for audiences everywhere”.

Enthusing further, Joyce adds: “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 is currently best known for its Hacienda Classical show, a collaboration with DJs Mike Pickering and Graeme Park. Whether performing orchestral version of Smiths songs can have the same success remains to be seen.

There will be performances of the show in Manchester, London and Edinburgh in June and July, followed by a full UK tour later this year. Tickets for the initial dates go on sale on Friday. More info here.