Earlier today, news broke out that The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, bassist Andy Rourke, and second guitarist Craig Gannon will launch a concert series called “Classically Smiths.” The trio were set to be joined by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra for shows in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh before going on a full UK tour.
Rourke has now denied any involvement in the ‘Classically Smiths’ concerts. In a statement provided to NME, Rourke said he was “deeply saddened” by these false claims.
“I am deeply saddened that during the week of the death of my dear friend Dolores O’Riordan, that false statements are made on my behalf. At no time did I give my consent for anyone in connection with this Classically Smiths project to act on my behalf or my name and nothing was ever confirmed, approved or contracted by me or my team.”
Representatives for Rourke added: “At no point in time did Andy Rourke agree to participate or otherwise license or authorize the use of his name, likeness or any personal quotes in any manner in connection with this Classically Smiths project. The parties involved were advised of this on multiple occasions prior to them going to press. A press conference and press release were scheduled and serviced to the media without Andy Rourke’s or his team’s knowledge or approval.
“Any quotes by Andy Rourke that were attributed in any press materials in regards to the Classically Smiths project were not provided, authorised or otherwise approved by him or his representatives.”
(Photo by ANDY ROURKE via Official Website)