Reunion rumors surrounding The Smiths pop up at least a few times per year, but one rumor that the band were offered, according to “a published report,” $75 million to play 50 shows has refused to die out with the others. In an interview with Xfm London, Johnny Marr confirmed that there was some truth to all that talk about insanely lucrative reunion offers. Sorry to put it “all over the internet,” Johnny, but here’s the quote:
“I think we were offered 50 million dollars for three… possibly five shows,” Marr said. “It’s pretty obscene, it’s pretty gross.” Sure, Coldplay can get $2 million for a gig at the Emirates Palace, but $50 million for a handful of shows is higher than even the rumormongers could dream up.
The Smiths are definitely not reuniting, but Marr adds that “It’s absolutely nothing to do with money.” Well that’s kind of obvious at this point.