Update (3:48 p.m.): Bassist Andy Rourke has denied his involvement in the forthcoming Classically Smiths concert series. See the full statement here.
Three members of The Smiths have announced they will be reuniting later this year for a series of shows.
Guitarist Crain Gannon,
Bassist Andy Rourke and Drummer Mike Joyce are taking their legendary catalogue on the road under the name ‘Classically Smiths’. The trio will be joined by the Manchester Camerata Orchestra for shows in Manchester, London and Edinburgh before embarking on a full UK tour.
Mike Joyce told the Manchester Evening News: “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.”
“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 totally 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.”
Neither lead guitar player Johnny Marr or singer Morrisey are expected to perform.
Classically Smiths Confirmed Dates
June 28 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
June 29 – London, Brixton Academy
July 2 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall