New rumours have surfaced suggesting that The Smiths will reform later this year.
A source has told Music-News.com that frontman Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr will play live together this autumn, with the suggestion that bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce may also be involved.
The decision has reportedly been inspired by the reunion of fellow Manchester band The Stone Roses, who play several outdoor shows this year. The Smiths are said to have had conversations with a "well-known promoter" about a comeback.
Seemingly in response to the rumours, Marr wrote on Twitter: "Hey Everybody !! Amazing news !....My amp is fixed ! Johnny."
NME later claimed: "There's no truth to the Smiths reunion rumours."
The magazine then added: "A highly-placed source in Britain's live music industry, along with others close to the band, denied the rumours when contacted by NME."
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The Smiths split in 1987 and following the break-up Joyce and Rourke took Morrissey and Marr to court in a dispute over royalties. Morrissey's appeal against the verdict in favour of Joyce was dismissed.
After the split but before the court case, Morrissey recorded several solo singles with Rourke, Joyce and The Smiths' occasional live rhythm guitarist Craig Gannon.
In January 2006, Rourke joined Johnny Marr and The Healers on stage for a performance of The Smiths' 'How Soon Is Now?' at the Manchester v Cancer benefit concert.
Morrissey has released nine solo albums, the most recent being 2009's Years of Refusal.
As well as fronting The Healers, Marr has released albums as a member of The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.
Rourke has recorded music with bassist collective FreeBass, while Joyce now guest DJs on BBC 6 Music.
Marr recently quipped that he would reform The Smiths if the current coalition government stepped down, prompting Labour's John Prescott to support calls for a reunion.
Reading and Leeds Festival organiser Melvin Benn has suggested that the band reforming would "destroy their legacy", while Marr has said that it would "make so many people happy".
The guitarist denied claims that he had been made an "official offer" of $75m (£47.2m) for a 50-date concert tour with Morrissey in 2007.
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Watch The Smiths' 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' music video below: