Former Smiths Bandmates Hint at New Project

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Andy Rourke, Morrissey, Mike Joyce and Johnny Marr of The Smiths perform live onstage in 1984.

UPDATE: After this story was published, former Smiths member Andy Rourke denied any involvement in the project. “The production company Bad Projections had HOPED Andy Rourke would be a part of the project,” Rourke’s rep told Spin, “but was at no time confirmed and nothing was ever approved by Andy Rourke or team.”

More than 30 years after the Smiths broke up, Mike Joyce is teasing something to come with former bandmates Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon.

Joyce, who was the band's drummer, posted an image of a musical note on Facebook Friday (Jan. 19) that says "Rourke. Joyce. Gannon. Summer 2018."

No further details have been shared, but the vague announcement has led many to speculate on what the summer will bring from the trio. Rourke was bassist in the Smiths, and Gannon joined later as a second guitarist.

The Smiths formed in 1982, with Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke. They parted ways just five years later, in 1987. A deluxe version of their 1986 album, The Queen Is Dead, was reissued in 2017.


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