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 Joycehas 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: