Producer Stephen Street has said that he cannot ever see The Smiths reforming, saying that the situation surrounding the band is “too complicated” for a full reunion.
Street, who produced the band’s final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ as well as working with Blur and Kaiser Chiefs, spoke to NME about the ongoing rumours surrounding the future of the British band fronted by Morrissey alongside Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.
“I really can’t see it happening. I’d love to see it happen more than anyone but I think we’ve gone past a point when it can happen,” said Street in a new interview with NME. “I read Morrissey’s autobiography and came out of it just thinking, ‘You know what? I’m not sure that it is a situation that can be resolved’. It’s too complicated. Which is obviously quite a shame ‘cos there’s such a phenomenal appetite for them – it only gets stronger as the years go on. Young people who weren’t even born when the band together even understand why they were so important. But no, I’m almost convinced it won’t happen”
Street admitted that he has lost touch with Morrissey over the years but is excited to hear the solo album he is currently working on. “I’m not really in his ‘sphere’ anymore if you know what I mean. I’m not really on his radar anymore when it comes to producing sadly. I’m looking forward to hearing it (the new album) though. I haven’t heard much about it but I think it’ll be good.”
Morrissey recently announced two major US arena shows with very unusual support acts: veteran performers Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard. According to posters added to True To You, the shows are set to take place and LA’s Los Angeles Sports Arena on May 10 and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 21.