Half of The Smiths Reform in Brooklyn

Members of the Smiths performed on stage to play "How Soon is Now?" on Friday - watch their stunning performance here.

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Singer Morrissey might not be interested in reforming the Smiths, but on Friday half the band hit the stage together for the first time in years to play the Smiths' song "How Soon is Now?"

Guitarist Johnny Marr was playing a show in Brooklyn when he invited former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to the stage, telling the crowd:

"When I was 15, I formed one of the first bands with my best friends. He was at that time one of the best musicians I'd ever heard; we were just kids.

"Then in 1982 I formed a band in Manchester and I asked my best friend to come and play the bass with me, and he was still one of the best musicians I'd ever heard. And tonight, 30 years later, I'm gonna invite [onstage] one of my best friends in the world - and he's still one of the best musicians I've ever heard."

Sadly, this doesn't mean the band will officially reform or tour in any other capacity. "I've probably been asked about a reunion about 8,936 times," Marr told Rolling Stone on another occasion. "I don't mind, though. I can understand people asking it, even if they're not actually listening to the answer. I also don't want to be impolite. I must just start saying 'Google it' when people ask me that."

Then again, drummer Mike Joyce has hinted he would be interested in getting back with his old band. Now it's just Morrissey they need to convince - but in 2006 he said he'd rather eat his own testicles than get back with the band, "and that's saying something coming from a vegetarian."

Watch Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke of the Smiths perform "How Soon is Now?" here:

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    I'm very glad to see Andy be paid some respect - he wrote some extraordinary basslines that elevated Marr's guitarparts to incredible heights. I'd pay an arm and a leg for a Smiths reunion, but even if they'll never actually do it, I cannot be more grateful for the music they gave us.
    Johnny Marr is one of the best guitarists in the world, he practically paved the way for all indie and most alt rock guitarists. AND, he's brilliant live.
    I agree Dick, but that's a poor choice of video to show his style, creativity or talent.
    No arguments but, given a lot of peoples choice of "great guitar playing" (aka shredfesting) this is the closest Marr ever gets to it. Since some douches took the "who gives a shit" route, I thought it was a cool gateway video to Marr. You can't really nail this guys contribution to music in one video.
    In short, it's never going to happen so why bother keep hyping it up in ever little way. This in itself is a real non-story, if three Smiths had taken the stage then it would've been significant
    If Marr can sing and play on all of the songs, I say let the 3 of them tour as The Smiths. I know it might be blasphemy to say something like that, but that might be as much as we'll ever get.
    I don't think they should reunite. Wouldn't work better legacy left as it is. Morrissey has some great solo LPs and Marr has started his solo career after making albums with everyone elses band haha
    Well he did do some serious kick-ass work with Modest Mouse and I really dig The Messenger, not as much as his Smiths stuff but pretty good anyway.
    didn't the drummer Sue Morrissey and Johny for royalties? they could always pull A Black Sabbath And leave out the drummer. I would be totally fine with that.
    Yeah they don't want anything to do with the drummer anymore. I think I would be most excited if Morrissey and Johnny Marr played together again.
    Fuck it. If Morrisey's the only one who needs convincing, then get the other 3 to just crack on without him. Johnny Marr's shown time and again he can sing The Smiths songs just as well as Morrisey, so just let him step up to the plate. This comment may be fuelled largely by my opinion that Morrisey has turned into a self-important tw*t, however, so...