Johnny Marr puts Blossoms and Rick Astley Smiths covers row to bed: “I’ve dealt with it”

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The former Smith guitarist told Granthshala: “There was an MO that wasn’t very good”.

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Johnny Marr says Granthshala The line around Blossom and Rick Astley’s The Smiths cover band is “settled”.

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Astley and Blossom made headlines last week when they performed together on stage at The Stockport Band’s O2 Kentish Town Forum headline show for The Smiths’ “Panic” and “This Charming Man” before announcing two special one-offs. Appeared to play surprise cover. Tribute shows to Manchester Indie legends in London and Manchester.

Shortly after, Smith’s former guitarist Johnny Marr gave his verdict on the stunt – describing their collaboration as “weird and terrifying at the same time”, before adding that Blossom would talk about his gigs when they met. I failed to tell, but they “had no problem” with the cover band or Astley.

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Now, before Marr and Blossom share a bill supporting the Courtenays at their massive Manchester homecoming show at Old Trafford tomorrow (Saturday 25 September), the guitar icon has revealed Granthshala That this line has been put to bed after the social media storm surfaced.

“I didn’t ask for it, but sometimes it happens when you’re in the public eye,” Mara said. Granthshala. “There was one MO that wasn’t great — but I’ve dealt with it. I think I’m a smart enough person and I’ve dealt with it.”

check back Granthshala Coming soon for more of our interview with Johnny Marr.

Blossom and Rick Astley. credit: Lewis Evans

This comes as Astley opens up about his love for Smith, saying he “doesn’t want to follow through on his history” at upcoming shows.

Morrissey’s website recently shared an opinion on the matter, with one fan writing: “Maybe Rick Astley will do well in the upcoming show, and maybe he will be successful and will be enjoyed by fans – but make no mistake.” Don’t, no other artist can bring to the table what Morrissey can. (Let’s face it, there’s a reason why artists like Astley still cover and perform songs written by Morrissey today).

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Blossom and Rick Astley will perform Smith’s songs at Manchester’s Albert Hall on 8 October and London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on 9 October.

After recently sharing the new single ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’, Marr is debuting new material on a portion of the intimate UK show. He will release the new four-track EP, ‘Fever Dreams Pt 1’, on October 15 via BMG, before a double album is due out in 2022.

He has also written the score for the upcoming James Bond film no time to die With Hans Zimmer, as well as collaborating with Billie Eilish and Phineas on the title track single.

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