Un bel pezzo degli Smiths che furono. Un bel pezzo di storia sta per tornare. “Rourke-Joyce-Gannon > Summer 2018” è quello che è apparso via social sul profilo dello stesso Mike Joyce. Una sorta di reunion monca per una collaborazione che si rinnova visto che i tre in passato si erano (ri)trovati a suonare sui primi lavori di Morrissey e successivamente assieme a Aziz Ibrahim, Bonehead e Vinny Peculiar. Il 51enne Craig Gannon prima di entrare negli Smiths aveva già fatto parte degli Aztec Camera, The Colourfield e The Bluebells. La storia del “Fifth Smith” è lunga circa un anno (siamo nel 1986), il tempo di suonare nei singoli ‘Panic’, ‘Ask’ e ‘You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby’ e andare in tour in UK, Canada e USA. Lo ritroviamo quindi assieme a Brix Smith negli Adult Net, Blue Orchids, Black Grape, Edwyn Collins, Alison Moyet e tantissimi altri.
Poi la (quasi) conferma di tre concerti speciali per celebrare il “classic early catalogue” degli Smiths accompagnati dalla Camerata Orchestra preludio di un tour UK “completo”. Mike Joyce racconta. “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.”
L’operazione nostalgia già così appariva assai triste, ora il portavoce di Andy Rourke smentisce al momento il coinvolgimento live del musicista.
“The production company Bad Projections had HOPED Andy Rourke would be a part of the project, but was at no time confirmed and nothing was ever approved by Andy Rourke or team.”
UPDATE – Parla Mike Joyce:
Statement from Mike Joyce with reference to Classically Smiths. It is with much regret that I have to announce that I will not be taking part in the show (s) Classically Smiths. I entered into agreement in good faith to perform these shows with Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon. Unfortunately it became apparent very late that Andy would not be taking part. I agreed with Andy that I would take part in the press conference and inform people that he would not be taking part. Unfortunately on the morning of the press conference I was informed I would not be able to say this. I therefore agreed to take part in the press interviews but did so without discussing Andy’s participation in the venture at any point during all tv, radio and print interviews. After much deliberation and soul searching I have decided that without Andy, an integral part of why I agreed to take part in the first place, I have come to this difficult decision. I still believe the shows and concept to be a fantastic idea and wish them all the success they deserve.
Parla Craig Gannon:
It’s with regret that the Classically Smiths shows will no longer be going ahead. Five months ago myself, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke all agreed to be a part of this project as the core three which was why it all went ahead. Unfortunately Andy pulled out at the very last minute. This meant that all the press releases, branding and marketing etc. had already gone out so it was too late to change anything. It also meant that we were under obligation yesterday to go ahead with the press launch which Mike and myself did but were told we couldn’t mention anything about the situation with Andy. That’s unfortunate as the last thing we wanted was to mislead anyone. This is disappointing as we were all really excited about putting on these shows. I for one have been working solidly on this project for the last five months and it’s a shame that it’s fallen apart in this way.