Johnny Marr says he has no desire to reform The Smiths

Guitarist's autobiography 'Set The Boy Free' is out on November 3

Johnny Marr has revealed he has no desire to reform The Smiths.

The guitarist recently spoke about a meeting with Morrissey in 2008 in which they discussed the possibility of reuniting the band.

He said: “One day in September 2008 we were only a couple of miles apart in south Manchester and arranged to meet up in a pub nearby. I was happy to see him – it was 10 years or more since we’d last met. We caught up with personal news and family and reminisced a bit.


“Then our conversation turned to deeper things. Morrissey started to talk about how our relationship had become owned by the outside world, usually in a negative way. We had been defined by each other in most areas of our professional life. I appreciated him mentioning it, because it was true.

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“The drinks kept coming and we sat talking for hours. We chatted, as we always did, about the records we loved, and eventually we moved on to ‘that subject’. There had been rumours for years that The Smiths were about to re-form, and they were always untrue. I had never pursued any offer.”

Now, the guitarist, who is set to publish his memoir Set The Boy Free on November 3, has told Radio 4, he isn’t pining for a reunion.

“People just don’t want to let go of this fractured band business,” he said. “You know, we were never gonna be together for 30-40 years. We weren’t REM, we weren’t U2, you know it’s just nonsense. We had 70 songs in the bank. That was enough.”


He added: “I’ll get on with doing movies and making records with other people and which is what I always wanted to do. So, I’m very happy with the way everything turned out.”

Meanwhile, Morrissey recently said that reuniting with The Smiths with Marr “doesn’t make sense any more”.