The Smiths turned down $5 million reunion offer
March 18 2006 1:00 AM ET
modern rock band the Smiths turned down a $5 million
offer to reunite at the upcoming Coachella Valley Arts and
Music Festival in Southern California, former front
man Morrissey said Thursday. His revelation, during a
public interview at the South by Southwest Music and
Media Conference in Austin, triggered gasps from the
audience. When journalist David Fricke asked if he had
considered it, Morrissey replied, "No, because money
doesn't come into it," a response that drew applause
from the crowd.
Of the critically
adored act, which broke up in the late 1980s, Morrissey
said, "It was a fantastic journey. And then it ended. I
didn't feel we should have ended. I wanted to
continue. [Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr] wanted to end
it. And that was that."
forthcoming album, Ringleader of the
Tormentors, due April 4 via Attack/Sanctuary, the
notoriously gloomy singer-songwriter admitted that
he's writing songs from a good place these days. "I'm
just seeing lots of joyful things in life, which I
didn't in the past," he said, adding slyly, "Which maybe
you noticed. Politically the world is ridiculous, but
there's still a lot of beautiful things.... Nature
saves us, nature calms us down."
first support the album with a European tour that includes
a six-week run of sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. A
North American leg is also expected. The Coachella
Valley festival, which takes place April 29–30
about 120 miles east of Los Angeles, will feature such acts
as Depeche Mode, Tool, and Madonna. (Barry A. Jeckell,
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