Johnny Marr: Dissolve Government, I’ll Reform The Smiths

Johnny Marr

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has hyperbolically teased fans of the band by saying that he would revive the foursome – but only if the British coalition government steps down.

Speaking at the NME awards yesterday evening (Wednesday 29th February) – in which The Smiths won the ‘Best Re-Issue’ for their complete collection – Marr said:

“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.”

On winning the award, Marr told NME that getting the reissue out was “a lot of struggle” and that it was “…nice to get a pat on the back” for the effort.

In related news, former Smiths singer Morrissey has confirmed dates in The Philippines and Hawaii for May:

May 13 – Manila, World Trade Center, Pasay City.

May 19 – Hawaii, Kakaako Waterfront Park.

Watch a video of The Smiths performing their debut single, ‘Hand In Glove’, live in Madrid below: