[a]Morrissey[/a] and [b]Marr[/b] set to appear on the first bill together since 1987...

Morrissey may resume working with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr if rumours from America are to be believed.

Both artists are in Los Angeles working on solo material. Also, Marr is believed to playing the Coachella Festival in California on October 9, at which Morrissey is headlining. The bill also features Beck, The Chemical Brothers, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Cornelius.

Since his arrival in LA, Marr has been working with Beck, including recording two guitar parts for his new album, due out in November.

Richard Blade of US radio station K-ROQ announced that Marr will be playing as a guitarist for Beck at Coachella, which would be the first time since The Smiths split in '87 that Morrissey and Marr have been on the same bill at a live event. Morrissey is to tour the UK later this year, his first performances since 1997; although this is yet to be officially confirmed.

The so-called 'Isle Of Dogs '99' tour will begin at Rock City in Nottingham on November 15, however when NME contacted the venue a spokesperson could not confirm that this had been finalised.

An October tour of Germany, however, takes place with dates in Hamburg (13), Bremen (16), Dresden (18), Berlin (19) and Leipzig (20).

According to US sources, Morrissey is in good spirits and is looking forward to performing again, even considering the strain of his lengthy court battles with ex-band members and the departure from his label Mercury.

He recently told a US reported: "I look back upon the Mercury experience as the worst time of my life."

Morrissey now lives in a property in LA which used to be home to author F Scott Fitzgerald, director John Schlesinger and film Bee Gees producer Robert Stigwood.

"I've actually been living in Los Angeles for about two years. The house was built in 1931 by Clark Gable for Carole Lombard," he said.

The Healers, Johnny Marr's solo project, will release their debut album in February 2000, with a possible US tour to follow.

As previously reported on, Beck engineer Mickey P will produce the record, and Marr will recruit a new band for the project. He is yet to sign a record deal.

Morrissey's next release will be a solo album, the follow-up to 1997's 'Maladjusted', with a retrospective DVD spanning his solo career and his work with The Smiths to come shortly after.

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