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Johnny Marr: “No Smiths Reunion”

The guitarist dismisses the legendary band's reconciliation as pure rumor and big-ups the Cribs.

Melissa Goldstein // December 16, 2008

Back and forth, back and forth — how many times do they have to tell us before we believe them?

Apparently, a few more. In a statement issued to NME, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr declared, “The stories circulating about a Smiths reunion are, as usual, untrue.”

But the popular tendency to interpret every day that Morrissey and Marr don’t kill each other as a sign the Smiths are headlining the next Coachella does have its upside — it supplied Marr with an opportunity to plug a band he actually does want to perform with.

“I’m currently very excited about writing and recording with the Cribs for a new album to be released next summer, and we’re playing shows in February,” he said, before reminding fans that “going back in time isn’t in my plans.”

One question Johnny — and don’t get mad — but let’s say we could hook you up with some sort of back-in-time situation (we know a guy): Just for conversation’s sake, are you saying that maybe then a Smiths reunion might be a possibility?