UPDATE 11:05 AM PT:
Classically Smiths gigs cancelled as Mike Joyce pulls out hours after Andy Rourke denies involvement - Manchester Evening News
Just a day after the Classically Smiths concerts were confirmed, Andy Rourke claimed he was never involved and now drummer Mike Joyce has pulled out
Indeed the plot thickens
Posted by mcrickson shortly after:
Gannon's out, too. Blames Andy.
Statement regarding 'Classically Smiths'.
It's with regret that the Classically Smiths shows will no longer be going ahead.
Five months ago myself, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke all agreed to be a part of this project as the core three which was why it all went ahead. Unfortunately Andy pulled out at the very last minute. This meant that all the press releases, branding and marketing etc. had already gone out so it was too late to change anything. It also meant that we were under obligation yesterday to go ahead with the press launch which Mike and myself did but were told we couldn't mention anything about the situation with Andy. That's unfortunate as the last thing we wanted was to mislead anyone.
This is disappointing as we were all really excited about putting on these shows. I for one have been working solidly on this project for the last five months and it's a shame that it's fallen apart in this way.
- Andy Rourke Denies Involvement in “Classically Smiths” Concerts - Pitchfork - Jan. 22, 2018
- Classically Smiths - details following cryptic tweet in MEN article - Jan. 22, 2018
- "Rourke - Joyce - Gannon / Summer 2018" tweet - Something's going on... - Jan. 19, 2018