Mike Joyce, drummer of The Smiths, won’t read Morrissey’s autobiography

Mike Joyce has absolutely no interest in his bandmates’ ‘Tell All’: ‘I’ve not read the book, and I never will.’


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Mike Joyce, former drummer of The Smiths, sounds certain when discussing his lack of interest in reading Morrissey’s autobiography… almost as certain as Morrissey sounds with his lack of interest in reuniting The Smiths. Joyce spoke out against reading the book in the latest issue of Q magazine. “I’ve not read the book, and I never will,” said Joyce. “I’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s in there. I don’t want to go down that route of putting out a statement saying that this or that is wrong.”

He did, on the contrary, show some interest in a Smiths reunion saying, “Of course, we’d all do it we were asked.” The issue with the whole Smiths reunion is that Morrissey is devotedly against it. It was only a few years back when Moz said he would rather eat his own testicles than reform The Smiths. Also, let’s not forget Morrissey’s interview with Herald Sun back in 2012 where he further articulated his thoughts on a reunion show.  “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,” said Morrissey. “Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would ‘not require’ the Smiths’ bass player or drummer … which I thought certainly said something.”

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Joyce makes it clear in his interview with Q that, although he doesn’t plan on reading the book, he doesn’t have a grudge against the former frontman. “We were one of the greatest bands ever,” says Joyce. “As a performer, there was nobody better than Morrissey. But a reunion is never going to happen.”

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