Johnny Marr has spoken out about the persistent rumours surrounding a potential Smiths reunion.
In an interview with NPR, Marr aired his thoughts on why he is frequently questioned about whether or not there is a future for his iconic retired 80s band, saying: "So many people ask the question about The Smiths reforming without really caring about the answer."
"They just really want to ask the question", he continued. "It's a little bit like a journalist Tourette's. I know that some of the people who have asked me wouldn't buy a ticket if the band reformed, and it's very unlikely that they even would listen to the records. I'm sure there are other, public figures who just get asked the same kind of question all the time. I understand that it's like a syndrome, so in some ways I don't look at it any deeper than that."
However, Marr admitted that he felt that the rumours that continue to follow him concerning a Smiths reunion are frustrating, saying: "To the people that do care, I'd like think that it's because they're nice enough to hope there will be some big happy ending. The fact is, there is a happy ending — I'm happy. It's all cool.
"It's slightly difficult when people assume that your life will be complete, or everybody's life will be complete, if this band from 25 years ago reforms. Life doesn't need that to happen for things to be okay — really, surely. My goodness, go and see the Dalai Lama or something; that'll make you feel better."
Marr is set to pick up the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards on February 27th, an honour previously bestowed upon the likes of The Cure, Noel Gallagher and Dave Grohl. His first solo LP, The Messenger, has been released today (February 25th) in the UK, and is set to released on February 26th USA. Throughout March, April and May, Marr is also embarking on a headline tour of the UK, USA and Canada, with all the dates available to view on his official website.
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