Townshend says Moz asked to work with him shortly after leaving The Smiths
“Morrissey asked me to produce albums for him after the Smiths, twice,” Townshend claimed, adding that Moz sent him a letter that read: “Will you produce an album for me? Morrissey”.
However, Townshend says that despite the fact that he “really loves The Smiths”, he rejected the offer because he would have preferred to work with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.
“I did say to [The Who manager] Bill Curbishley, I really love The Smiths — if I could replace Johnny Marr in the picture there, we might get a really great album.”
Townshend also revealed that he kept the letters that Morrissey originally sent him.
Meanwhile, Morrissey recently announced a handful of UK live dates. The singer has scheduled shows in London and Hull for later this year.
The former Smiths frontman will play Hull Arena on September 18, followed by a pair of gigs at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on September 20 and 21.