The Smiths Will Not Reunite



Kevin Cummins, a long time photographer of The Smiths and Morrissey is attempting something nobody has ever succeeded – to bring the band together once more for one night only, as part of a new gallery exhibition.

The photographer from London has documented the band’s success and even Morrissey’s solo career over the past three decades. He is staging his first U.S. solo exhibition of photos at Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles.

It is scheduled for April 30th, as part of the city’s annual Brit Week celebrations.

Now he thinks that his Moz Goes to Hollywood: Photographs of Morrissey & The Smiths show will probably be the only chance for fans to see the band and the rock icon together again, any other thoughts of possible reunion have been dismissed.

As Cummins told WENN, “I don’t think, apart from financially, they’ve got anything to gain from it. If you’ve read Morrissey’s biography, I don’t think there’s much room for manoeuvre there. I just can’t see it happening. I guess they’ve probably thought about it and there’s a lot of stumbling blocks. There’s too many problems, there’s too many obstacles in the way. I felt the same about the Stone Roses, but the Stone Roses haven’t spent years in court slagging each other off.”

There was a drama related to their earnings, back in the mid-1990s when Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke took Morrissey to court claiming they were entitled to more of the group’s royalties.

Rourke then settles, but drummer Joyce proceeded with his cause, which eventually reached England’s High Court of Justice in December 1996. The judge then found in his favour and awarded him with $1.6 million (£1 million) and 25 percent of royalties going forward.

It even continued to the new century when Morrissey failed to make a final payment to the drummer. The outstanding claim was increased as a result.

Morrissey reported that Joyce’s’ royalties cost him more than $2.4 million (£1.5 million) in legal fees together with royalties grab.

The band has since been at the centre of a reunion gossip, but Morrissey insisted they will never be brought together again.

He said in 2006, “I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that’s saying something for a vegetarian.”

The Smiths split in 1987.

The photographers new exhibition at Mr. Musichead will run until May 15th.

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