Mike Joyce pulls out of “Classically Smiths” shows
Well this went downhill fast. First it was revealed that Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce were taking part in "Classically Smiths," a series of live orchestral re-imaginations of Smiths songs. Then Andy Rourke quickly denied any involvement in the project, and now Mike Joyce is pulling out due to Andy Rourke's absence from the project. He writes:
Statement from Mike Joyce with reference to Classically Smiths . It is with much regret that I have to announce that I will not be taking part in the show (s) Classically Smiths. I entered into agreement in good faith to perform these shows with Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon. Unfortunately it became apparent very late that Andy would not be taking part. I agreed with Andy that I would take part in the press conference and inform people that he would not be taking part. Unfortunately on the morning of the press conference I was informed I would not be able to say this. I therefore agreed to take part in the press interviews but did so without discussing Andy’s participation in the venture at any point during all tv, radio and print interviews. After much deliberation and soul searching I have decided that without Andy, an integral part of why I agreed to take part in the first place, I have come to this difficult decision. I still believe the shows and concept to be a fantastic idea and wish them all the success they deserve.
If the shows still go on, the only remaining Smiths member would be Craig Gannon, who briefly played in the band in 1986 (and briefly played with Morrissey later on, as did Joyce and Rourke).