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The Smiths reunion cancelled after Andy Rourke denies involvement

A partial reunion of The Smiths has been cancelled after the band’s former bassist rejected claims he would be taking part.

On Monday it was announced Andy Rourke would be joining drummer Mike Joyce and guitarist Craig Gannon as part of a new live concert production called Classically Smiths.

Rourke was quoted as saying he was “thrilled and excited” by the reunion but on Tuesday released a statement claiming he had never agreed to taking part and “false statements” had been made on his behalf.

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Andy Rourke (left) and Mike Joyce (right) with former Stones Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim (PA)

He added: “At no time did I give my consent for anyone in connection with this Classically Smiths project to act on my behalf or my name and nothing was ever confirmed, approved or contracted by me or my team.”

The company behind the event, Bad Production Ltd, said the event had been cancelled following Rourke’s comments.

“In response to recent comments in the press, the planned Classically Smiths events will now, no longer be taking place,” they said in a statement.

Last week Rourke’s bandmate in alternative rock group D.A.R.K and Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in a London hotel room.

He said he was “deeply saddened that during the week of the death of my dear friend Dolores O’Riordan, that false statements are made on my behalf.”

He added organisers had been advised on multiple occasions that he had not agreed to participate or authorised use of his name, likeness or any personal quotes in connection with the project.

Classically Smiths had been billed as a chance to see some of the Manchester band’s most memorable songs performed in collaboration with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

The concerts had been set for the summer across Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

In 1989 Joyce and Rourke took Morrissey and Johnny Marr to court over royalties with Rourke settling out of for court for £83,000 while Joyce eventually won a £1 million payout.

Neither Morrissey nor Marr had been billed as performing as part of the reunion.

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