The Smiths

Morrissey thanks Blossoms and Rick Astley for their live The Smiths covers shows

The former Smiths frontman was grateful of their efforts

See footage from first night of Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths cover shows

It all went down while Morrissey was just a few hundred yards away at another gig

Johnny Marr on penning the ‘No Time To Die’ soundtrack: “I’m making a lot of nasty, nasty noises”

The Smiths legend also spoke to NME about working with Billie Eilish and Finneas, another "big franchise" project and being approached to star in the Cosey Fanni Tutti biopic

Johnny Marr puts Blossoms and Rick Astley Smiths covers row to bed: “I’ve dealt with it”

The former Smiths guitarist told NME: "There was an M.O. there that just wasn’t very cool"

Rick Astley on The Smiths’ covers band with Blossoms: “I don’t want to tread on that history”

“I’m just paying homage to some amazing music that still means so much to a generation that I could be their dad"

Rick Astley says Blossoms are “doing exactly the same” as The Smiths

"They're a really, really, really good live band"

Blossoms and Rick Astley play The Smiths? All collaborations should be this random

We'd do well to make the bizarre musical hook-up a legal requirement in the battle against predictable pop

Johnny Marr gives his verdict on Blossoms and Rick Astley’s Smiths covers band

Blossoms and Astley are set to perform two Smiths tribute shows next month
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