Johnny Marr reunited with his former bandmate Andy Rourke to cover The Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now?’ at a show in Brooklyn last night (May 3) – click at the top of the page to watch.
Marr invited Rourke onto the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, according to Rolling Stone, and told the crowd: “When I was 15, I formed one of the first bands with my best friends. He was at that time one of the best musicians I’d ever heard; we were just kids.
“Then in 1982 I formed a band in Manchester and I asked my best friend to come and play the bass with me, and he was still one of the best musicians I’d ever heard. And tonight, 30 years later, I’m gonna invite [onstage] one of my best friends in the world – and he’s still one of the best musicians I’ve ever heard.”
Despite reuniting onstage with Rourke, however, Marr still insisted he had no intention of reforming The Smiths. “I’ve probably been asked about a reunion about 8,936 times,” he told Rolling Stone in a separate interview. “I don’t mind, though. I can understand people asking it, even if they’re not actually listening to the answer. I also don’t want to be impolite. I must just start saying ‘Google it’ when people ask me that.”
Marr, who released his debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ earlier this year, is set to play a series of festivals this summer, including T In The Park and Benicàssim, and will also provide support for The Stone Roses’ shows in Finsbury Park, London in June.