The Smiths reunion denied by Johnny Marr's manager

Guitarist is focused on new album and 2013 solo tour

The Smiths reunion denied by Johnny Marr's manager

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Johnny Marr's manager, Joe Moss, has flatly denied any truth in the latest Smiths reunion rumours, telling NME: "It isn't happening. We are fully focussed on preparing Johnny's new album for release and booking shows for 2013."

Yesterday (October 1), celebrity gossip site Holy Moly created an online buzz by posting an article claiming "several credible sources" had confirmed that The Smiths would reform for four 2013 shows, including Glastonbury Festival.

They reported that the reunion was a "done deal" but had conflicting reports on who was reuniting. One of their sources claimed all four members would return to the fold, while another said Mike Joyce would not be rejoining the legendary Manchester band.

The rumour was given extra leverage when, in a recent interview with Australia's Courier Mail, lead singer Morrissey claimed that, following his 2009 solo appearance, agents for California's Coachella festival offered to stage a 100 per cent vegetarian event if he agreed to headline with Johnny Marr as The Smiths.

Back in February, Marr told NME that he would reform The Smiths if the current coalition government steps down, commenting: "We won't be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I'll reform the band. How's that? That's a fair trade, isn't it? I think the country would be better off, don't you? I'll do it if the coalition steps down."

The iconic indie group formed in 1982, splitting five years later after releasing classic albums such as 'The Queen Is Dead' and 'Meat Is Murder' and indie anthems including 'This Charming Man' and 'How Soon Is Now?'.

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