Monday, January 30, 2006

Not really a reunion, but...

As much as the NME wants it to be, Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke playing together do not make a Smiths reunion. Nevertheless, they played together on stage for the first time since 1987 on Saturday night at a cancer benefit at the MEN Arena. Marr and Rourke played "How Soon is Now?" together, before Rourke left the stage and Marr returned to playing new tracks from his band The Healers. New Order also played the benefit, playing a set completely comprised of Joy Division tracks. And the evening's finale was a group effort of numerous musicians doing a rendition of "Wrote for Luck" with Shaun Ryder on vocals. That must have been a sight.


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