The Smiths confirm 2018 live concert reunion – but not everyone is involved

The Smiths confirm 2018 live concert reunion - but not everyone is involved
The Smiths in 1984 (Picture: Rex)

The Smiths will reunite for the first time in 30 years in 2018 – although neither Morrissey or Johnny Marr will join the line-up.

Bassist Andy Rourke, drummer Mike Joyce and guitarist Craig Gannon will perform as part of a new live concert production called Classically Smiths, in collaboration with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

‘To have been there the first time round and seen it first hand, and to still be such a big fan of The Smiths today, I am both thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths,’ said Rourke.

‘I’m really proud of the band’s work, and being able to present those songs again in this particular production format promises to be a real gift for audiences everywhere.’

Joyce said he was ‘massively excited’ to perform with Rourke and Gannon again: ‘There’ll be Smiths classics in the set, but I can’t wait to play the songs that have never been heard live before.

‘With the addition of an orchestra, it will sound as totally unique as it will immense. I’m really looking forward to fans being able to hear the songs in a way they’ve never been heard before, either on record or live. On the stage, or out front, this is going to be quite an experience for us all.’

Tracks on the playlist at the event will include the iconic song There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now? Other hits that will also be performed include The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours, Hand In Glove, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me with more old favourites also due to be played.

The concerts are set for June and July, with limited dates in Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

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