Morrissey is tired of the perennial reunion rumors about his former band The Smiths. “What’s the point?” he told Rip It Up. “Just to satisfy other people’s nostalgia? That’s all it is – nostalgia!”
Each year, either Johnny Marr or Morrissey is forced to debunk rumors that The Smiths, who broke up in 1987, are reuniting. Last year’s rumor was that their former label chief Irving Azoffk was brokering a deal for the band to play this year’s Coachella festival. The story turned out to be false.
In 2007, Morrissey reportedly turned down $75 million to do a 50-city tour with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. This story was later debunked, as well, when Morrissey told David Fricke, “money doesn’t come into it.”
Morrissey, who is currently on a media tour for his newest album Years of Refusal, says he prefers being a solo artist and has left his old band behind him. “I don’t think there is any [unfinished business],” he told Rip It Up. “I really don’t. Really, I’m okay by myself… And I don’t say that to have a dig at anybody else. So, no, I do not see the point of it, it eludes me.”