‘I have nothing but fondness for The Smiths...but I’m glad I left’ - The Sun
It's an interesting, short, piece, especially at the end:
Marr refuses to talk about the 1996 court case which saw Joyce take Morrissey and Marr to court over royalties (Morrissey and Marr took most of The Smiths' recording and performance royalties and allowed ten per cent each to Joyce and Rourke.) He confesses: "I don't like getting too serious. And I don't want to be disrespectful because they were my mates. I have nothing but great fondness for The Smiths. When I left I felt relieved but did it at the right time.
"I last saw Morrissey a couple of years ago and we hung out for an afternoon and it was pretty funny.
"I'm going to be hanging out with and maybe playing with Andy soon and then getting an email now and then off Mozza is nice. People think The Smiths are bad news, especially when we split, but it's not.
"The Smiths were bloody brilliant and I'm eternally proud of that."
Additional excerpts posted in the thread by joe frady and Amy:
..."And people think that I quit because there was some tensions, some fighting, but it wasn't like that. I've never hung around for long. Even after The Smiths when I've played with The The, Modest Mouse or The Cribs it's been the same. The idea of staying in the same place year in year out, it just doesn't work for me and never has."
..."I felt there was no one else on the planet who was listening to The Marvelettes, The Shirelles, Shangri-Las and Dusty Springfield. That's why I had the nerve to go and approach Morrissey when I was putting the group together, because he was the only other person I knew who liked the music I liked."
..."But nothing's ever happened since the band split that made me think it was the wrong move to finish it."
..."And when there was any controversy with tracks like Handsome Devil (about child abuse) and Suffer Little Children (about The Moors Murders), I'd back [Morrissey] up. I thought my friend was great and I thought everything my friend did was great. It was a great friendship and I learned a lot from being in that band so young"