Money changes everything

The SmithsMorrissey’s recent interview during Austin’s Sxsw, stirred plenty of emotion of us old Smiths fans. ”Morrissey revealed that The Smiths were offered $5 million to play last year’s Coachella festival - and turned it down. Speaking at a press conference before his show at this year’s South by South West music festival (March 16), the singer explained that “money doesn’t come into it”. He added: “It never has. I do what I do because it’s all that I am.” Elsewhere Mozzer re-pins the blame of the Smiths implosion back on Marr, ”It was a fantastic journey. And then it ended. I didn’t feel we should have ended. I wanted to continue. [Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr] wanted to end it. And that was that.” I wish I could have gone to Sxsw this year to see him, (see a writeup of the gig in the Austin Cronicle here - covering “Deep in the Heart of Texas”? mp3 link anyone?) or even Tulsa last week, as he knows I’d love to see him, but it’s been some time. The most recent miss was years ago in Austin, when I was left heartbroken the night before his scheduled gig, ”The last time that Morrissey was scheduled to play Austin, in 2004, the gig was cancelled due to illness.” Still, all looks bright for the future, Mozwise, as he continues to dust off old hits like “Stop Me…”, “Girlfriend in a Coma” and the like for new shows. ”This year his fans were treated to a 17-song set that mixed material from his new album with four Smiths classics. Explaining his decision include Smiths songs in his recent sets the singer said: “I didn’t play Smiths songs for a long time. But then I realised that those songs don’t belong to somebody else - nobody will sing them as with as much feeling as me and no-one will make them more meaningful than I will.” Here, here, now come and play Saint Louis Steven, it’s been since 1991 for hell’s sake! See you in far off places indeed.