The Smiths reunion could still happen, according to their optimistic drummer Mike Joyce.
His prediction which came to him in a dream coincided with news that Morrissey has been hospitalised.
As a result of his illness, Morrissey has cancelled six US solo tour dates because of a bleeding ulcer, according to Spinner. Some tickets have been refunded and rescheduled dates will be announced in the coming days. The current tour will continue on February 9.
Meanwhile, Mike Joyce has reignited the discussion around whether the Smiths will ever reunite.
"I actually had a dream that Morrissey, Johnny [Marr], Andy [Rourke] and me were all in the same room and we actually agreed to do a tour. Morrissey said, 'What song shall we open with?' and we replied in unison, 'Hand In Glove'. Thatís what the show should open with. Then I woke up laughing," he told the Sun (via NME).
Joyce thinks the band would sound better than ever, despite being apart for 26 years, because of their increasing musical experience and improved live sound technology, but accepts that some of the band have good reasons not to do it. "But if they asked me, I'd probably say yes. If you put everyone in the same room it's amazing how things can turn around."
Perhaps Joyce is being a little too optimistic. Rumors of a Smiths reunion crop up every few months, but never come to pass. In 2006, they turned down £76 million ($120 million) for a 50-date tour of the US.
"I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian," said Morrissey last year.
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