Members of The Smiths have issued separate statements to deny rumours that they are set to reform for live shows in 2013.
Ah, the perennial cry of 'The Smiths are reforming!' We've heard it all before, but a report on Holy Moly earlier this week certainly seemed to have a semblance of authority. Written by that nice young man Tim Chipping the report cited "several" industry sources, all of whom seemed to agree that the legendary indie band would reform in 2013.
After all, the piece reasoned, we've already witnessed The Stone Roses and the Beach Boys (for a time, at least) putting aside their differences. With that in mind, why can't The Smiths get out of the court room and back onto the stage? Sadly, the optimism lasted less than 24 hours.
In a move which they no doubt rehearse daily, the varied representatives of The Smiths issued statements to deny that any talks about a reformation had occurred. "The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite – ever," Morrissey's publicist told Rolling Stone yesterday. As for a specific reason, the representative refused to be drawn on the singer's motives: "You'd have to ask Morrissey that. There's got to be a story there, and maybe one day it will be told."
For his part, Johnny Marr is equally vehement that a re-union will not be occurring any time soon. "It isn't happening," a publicist for the guitarist told the NME yesterday. "We are fully focused on preparing Johnny's new album for release and booking shows for 2013."
With that in mind, here's 'These Things Take Time'.