Johnny Marr: 'Life doesn't need The Smiths to reform for things to be OK'

Godlike Genius says fans should go see the Dalai Lama instead

Johnny Marr: 'Life doesn't need The Smiths to reform for things to be OK'

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Johnny Marr has said that fans need to stop assuming their "life will be complete" if The Smiths reform.

The Godlike Genius was asked in an interview with NPR.org about being constantly besieged by fans and interviewers who ask if the band he formed with Morrissey will ever get back together.

He replied: "(Fans) hope there will be some big happy ending. The fact is, there is a happy ending — I'm happy. It's all cool. It's slightly difficult when people assume that your life will be complete, or everybody's life will be complete, if this band from 25 years ago reforms."

Marr went on to say that "life doesn't need that to happen for things to be OK" and suggested that fans looking for some positive enlightenment should give up hoping for The Smiths to reform and "go see the Dalai Lama or something that'll make you feel better".

It was confirmed this month (February) that Johnny Marr is to be named Godlike Genius at this year's NME Awards.

The former guitarist for The Smiths, who has also played with bands such as Modest Mouse and The Cribs in his career, will pick up the prize when he attends the NME Awards ceremony, which takes place on February 27 (Wednesday) at its brand new home, The Troxy in east London.

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