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Smiths Star Made Music Professor

20th October 2007

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...

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The Things They Say 5462

29th August 2007

"There was a minor scare when this one guy said, 'I actually want to stab you, but he didn't look like the sort that would be agile with a knife." Celebrity DJ MARK RONSON admits...

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Fascinating Fact 3811

24th August 2007

MORRISSEY's publicist has confirmed the singer refused a $75 million (GBP37.5 million) offer to tour with JOHNNY MARR as THE SMITHS in 2008 and 2009....

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Wilson's Manchester An "Alternative Metropolis"

21st August 2007

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...

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Private Funeral For Tony Wilson In Manchester

20th August 2007

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...

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Babyshambles Finalise Autumn Release

16th August 2007

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...

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Morrissey Fan Documentary On The Way

15th August 2007

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...

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Smiths Producer Told Doherty To 'Sort It Out'

8th August 2007

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...

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Smiths Fans Plans Charity Bike-athon To Save Roof

7th August 2007

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...

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Rough Trade Acquired By Beggars

24th July 2007

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...

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Bassist: 'The Smiths Are Unlikely To Regroup'

21st July 2007

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...

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Morrissey + Marr Heal Rift, But Never Discuss Smiths Reunion

5th July 2007

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...

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The Smiths' Roof Is Stolen

5th July 2007

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...

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Restoration Of 'Smiths Club' Set Back

5th July 2007

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...

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Morrissey Cancels More Shows

4th July 2007

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...

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Marr Was Oasis Inspiration

29th June 2007

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...

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Noel: Be Here Now Followed "Too Quick"

28th June 2007

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...

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Rockers Prepare To Gatecrash Dance

24th May 2007

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...

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Marr Impressed Modest Mouse With Pipe-laying Stories

24th May 2007

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...

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Marr Turns Shoe Designer

18th May 2007

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,...

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Marr: 'The Smiths Split Could Have Been Avoided'

16th May 2007

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...

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Marr Turned Down Reunion Gig Because Of Morrissey

10th May 2007

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 -...

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Marr: 'The Smiths Final Days Were Torture'

9th May 2007

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...

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Ronson Confirmed For V Festival

8th May 2007

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...

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Oasis Song Voted Greatest Indie Anthem

3rd May 2007

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...

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Crowded House Comeback Gets A Boost From Marr + Dixie Chicks

25th April 2007

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...

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Morrissey To Snub Hall Of Fame Induction

20th April 2007

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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Robbie Williams: I'll Smack Up Arctic Monkeys

12th April 2007

Robbie Williams has said he will 'smack up' the Arctic Monkeys after they insulted his friend, it has been claimed.The singer, who last month left a US rehab clinic for an addiction to prescription drugs,...

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Ronson: 'Morrissey Approves Of Stop Me Remix'

11th April 2007

Producer MARK RONSON has responded to criticism of his cover of THE SMITHS' song STOP ME IF THINK YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE, claiming MORRISSEY himself approved of the remix. Ronson was forced to defend...

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Marr: 'English Can't Get Over Beatles' Split'

10th April 2007

British rock bands try to copy THE BEATLES, because as a nation they have never got over the Fab Four's split, according to rocker JOHNNY MARR. The MODEST MOUSE guitarist was previously co-founder and guitarist...

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