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Morrissey Makes £20k Donation To Salford Lads

Former SMITHS front-man MORRISSEY has given 20,000 to the Salford Lads Club venue.Originally opened in 1904 by the founder of the Scouts - Robert Baden-Powell - the club has been the subject of a campaign...

By on 31 December 2007

Morrissey Funds Smiths Youth Club

British singer MORRISSEY has made a donation to a youth club which was immortalised in an album cover by his former band THE SMITHS. The pop star posed alongside ex-bandmates Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and...

Journalist Deems Morrissey 'Cowardly' In Immigration Row

LATEST: The journalist at the centre of the row over MORRISSEY'S controversial comments on immigration has hit back at the former THE SMITHS frontman - defiantly ridiculing his decision to take legal action. Writer Tim...

Ronson Enlists Wilson To Replace Allen

LILY ALLEN reportedly snubbed MARK RONSON by not appearing at his Roundhouse concert on Tuesday (October 24th) night.The 22-year-old singer, who is dating the CHEMICAL BROTHERS' ED SIMON, failed to perform her rendition of the...

By on 26 October 2007

Marr Hints At Smiths Reunion

JOHNNY MARR has dropped the biggest hint yet his band THE SMITHS could reform. Guitarist Marr, who currently tours with rockers Modest Mouse, has previously played down rumours of a reunion for the 80s rockers....

Smiths Star Made Music Professor

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has been made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford.The 43-year-old, responsible for the innovative guitar lines on hits such as How Soon is Now?, This Charming Man...

By on 20 October 2007

Wilson's Manchester An "Alternative Metropolis"

Comedian and actor Steve Coogan has paid tribute to the late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, saying he created Manchester's "alternative metropolis".Coogan played Wilson in the cult film 24 Hour Party People, which portrayed Wilson's...

By on 21 August 2007

Private Funeral For Tony Wilson In Manchester

The funeral for legendary music mogul Tony Wilson will take place in his hometown of Manchester today.The Factory Records founder died from Cancer last week and his life will be celebrated at a ceremony at...

By on 20 August 2007

Babyshambles Finalise Autumn Release

Babyshambles have finalised the details for their single and album releases, due on September 17th and October 1st respectively.Delivery, the first track to be lifted from the album Shotter's Nation will kick off the new...

By on 16 August 2007

Morrissey Fan Documentary On The Way

Singer MORRISSEY is the subject of a new documentary film exploring how fans have been influenced by the former THE SMITHS frontman. Passions Just Like Mine, which is almost complete and currently has no release...

Smiths Producer Told Doherty To 'Sort It Out'

Stephen Street, famed music producer of the Smiths and Blur, has revealed how in heart-to-heart sessions with Pete Doherty he tried to get the Babyshambles frontman to 'sort himself out'.The producer, who has just completed...

By on 08 August 2007

Smiths Fans Plans Charity Bike-athon To Save Roof

LATEST: Fans of THE SMITHS are to stage a charity bike ride to raise funds for the ongoing renovation of Salford Lad's Club, which featured on the cover of the band's The Queen Is Dead...

Rough Trade Acquired By Beggars

Independent record label Rough Trade has joined the Beggars Group after the company bought Sanctuary's share of the small firm.Rough Trade will continue to operate out of its own offices but all central functions will...

By on 24 July 2007

Bassist: 'The Smiths Are Unlikely To Regroup'

Former THE SMITHS bassist ANDY ROURKE insists the legendary band is unlikely to reunite, because singer MORRISSEY is difficult to get in touch with. Rourke has had little contact with Morrissey, who now lives in...

Morrissey + Marr Heal Rift, But Never Discuss Smiths Reunion

Former THE SMITHS rockers MORRISSEY and JOHNNY MARR still socialise together despite falling out after the band's demise - but they've never discussed reforming the legendary group. Guitarist Marr claims neither he nor Morrissey has...

The Smiths' Roof Is Stolen

The roof of a building made famous by THE SMITHS has been stolen. The GBP250,000 ($500, 000) restoration of the Salford Lads Club in Greater Manchester, northern England - which featured on the cover of...

Restoration Of 'Smiths Club' Set Back

The restoration of the Salford Lads Club, famous for its connection to 80s rock band the Smiths, has been set back after thieves stole parts of the building's roof.Famed for an iconic photo of the...

By on 05 July 2007

Morrissey Cancels More Shows

Morrissey has been forced to cancel more shows on his US tour due to a continued viral infection.After performing at a gig in Virginia, the former Smiths singer saw a throat specialist in Washington DC...

By on 04 July 2007

Marr Was Oasis Inspiration

British rocker NOEL GALLAGHER was inspired to form OASIS with his brother LIAM after watching a performance by THE SMITHS as a youngster. The Wonderwall hitmaker says he was so impressed by The Smiths frontman...

Noel: Be Here Now Followed "Too Quick"

Noel Gallagher has explained why Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was 'bloated' saying it followed their second record "too quick".Speaking on the BBC's Seven Ages of Rock programme, shown on BBC2 this Saturday at...

By on 28 June 2007

Rockers Prepare To Gatecrash Dance

Indie bands are preparing to gatecrash a top dance festival this weekend as members of the Ordinary Boys, Franz Ferdinand and Babyshambles take to the decks.Gatecrasher's Summer Soundsystem festival takes place at Lotherton Hall in...

By on 24 May 2007

Marr Impressed Modest Mouse With Pipe-laying Stories

Former THE SMITHS and THE PRETENDERS guitarist JOHNNY MARR impressed his new bandmates in cult U.S. act MODEST MOUSE by recalling his days as a gas pipe fitter. The group, led by Isaac Brock, were...

Marr Turns Shoe Designer

Former THE SMITHS star JOHNNY MARR has designed a new line of limited-edition charity sneakers. Only 216 pairs of the sports shoes will be manufactured and available at select stores in America and Britain. Marr,...

Marr: 'The Smiths Split Could Have Been Avoided'

THE SMITHS split could have been avoided if the group had a proper manager, according to guitarist JOHNNY MARR. The cult four-piece split in 1987 and have spent much of the past two decades fighting...

Marr Turned Down Reunion Gig Because Of Morrissey

JOHNNY MARR turned down $10 million (GBP5 million) to reform THE SMITHS because of his fractious relationship with the band's former frontman Morrissey. The group split up in 1987 after releasing four albums together -...

Marr: 'The Smiths Final Days Were Torture'

Former THE SMITHS star JOHNNY MARR insists the last days of the band were "f**king torture". The famed guitarist left the British group in 1987, and admits the strained relationship between himself and frontman Morrissey...

Ronson Confirmed For V Festival

Superstar producer Mark Ronson has been added to the Virgin Festival bill along with former Sugababe Mutya Buena.Ronson will be bringing the highly successful remix and cover album Version to the masses in what is...

By on 08 May 2007

Oasis Song Voted Greatest Indie Anthem

Oasis have topped a poll of the greatest indie anthems ever with their classic song Live Forever taken from their debut album Definitely Maybe.The Noel Gallagher-penned tune has long been a staple in the band's...

By on 03 May 2007

Crowded House Comeback Gets A Boost From Marr + Dixie Chicks

Former THE SMITHS star JOHNNY MARR and country trio the DIXIE CHICKS have given CROWDED HOUSE's comeback a boost by collaborating with the reformed rockers on their new album. Marr, the current guitarist for cult...

Morrissey To Snub Hall Of Fame Induction

Morose rocker MORRISSEY is set to snub the induction ceremony of THE SMITHS into the US Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame. Morrissey, 47, and his former bandmates Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce,...

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