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Smiths fans and Morrissey devotees love to get their hopes up that Coachella will be the event/venue/happening that will get the singer and guitarist Johnny Marr back together to reunite the legendary '80s British band.
But the odds of that happening is about as good as Morrissey competing in Nathan's hot dog eating contest, according to his people.
"The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite – ever," Morrissey's publicist told Rolling Stone Tuesday.
Marr's manager also threw a wet blanket on web rumors that the group, which broke up in 1987, would get back together
"It isn't happening. We are fully focussed on preparing Johnny's new album for release and booking shows for 2013," Marr's manager told NME on Tuesday.
Smith was asked about Coachella last week by an Australian newspaper. Apparently the festival was willing to move Heaven, Earth, and meat-based products off the polo grounds to appease the 53-year-old rock star.
Herald Sun: At Coachella a few years you complained about the waft of burning flesh from a nearby barbeque. Has that been a problem since at outdoor shows?
Morrissey: Not at all, and interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100-per-cent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer ... which I thought certainly said something.
No Bacon Flights or pepperoni Spicy Pies? Meat may be murder for some, but for some of us who enjoy walking around with a stick of grilled chicken, it's part of the three-day experience.
So two questions bubble up: Do you think this is just grandstanding and The Smiths will reunite at some point at a venue like Coachella? And secondly, would you go to a Vegetarian Coachella?