NYC Hammerstein Ballroom officially cancelled

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Crossword puzzle in The Independent includes Smiths references

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I set today's cryptic crossword in the Independent - you can solve it at!202009

If and when you solve it, take a look at the completed grid, and see if you can spot anything that may resonate with users of this site

Bassist Guy Pratt on the time he nearly joined the Smiths - Rolling Stone

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From Rolling Stone.

Right around that same time, you nearly wound up touring in the Smiths. How did that happen?
This whole five year period was just f***in’ nuts. By that time, I was working with Bryan Ferry. Myself and [guitarist] Chester Kamen were kind of like his little sorcerer’s apprentices. We were in the studio for like two years with him working on this album [Bête Noire]. One of the songs we were doing was a Smiths instrumental. It was a B side of “Bigmouth Strikes Again” called “Money Changes Everything.”

Bryan, very cleverly, came up with the idea of writing a song over it as a way of tapping into the Smiths audience. We just had trouble getting the sound of it, so Bryan said, “Why don’t we get Johnny Marr to play on it?”

And so Johnny came down to the studio. And Johnny and I...

Morrissey Central "PAINTINGS AT THE LOUVRE, 2020" (Sep. 16, 2020)

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A promo (meme!) of Joey Barton. For reasons (now deleted).

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Morrissey Central Young...once (Sep. 16, 2020)

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in the past … when all was well."

Interview with the Fifth Smith, Craig Gannon - C-86 Show

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The ever good C-86 show hosted by David Eastaugh interviews Craig Gannon. Interesting bit about how Morrissey and Marr had been thinking of adding a second guitarist after watching Easterhouse. Interview with Craig Gannon C-86 Show


Craig Gannon in conversation with David Eastaugh

Gannon had played in bands with friends since he was 12 years old, and in 1983 joined Aztec Camera after replying to an ad in Melody Maker. In 1984 he briefly joined The Colourfield, and went on to join The Bluebells.

After another brief stint in The Colourfield, when bass player...

"1001 Songs you must hear before you die" includes The Smiths / Morrissey

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a book by Robert Dimery (Editor) and Bruno MacDonald (Editor)
Preface by Tony Visconti

Only four of TtheSmiths/Morrissey:
600. The Smiths - This Charming Man
629. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
657. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
701. Morrissey - Everyday Is Like Sunday

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Film "Shoplifers of the World" U.S. release in 2021, U.S. Deal With RLJE Films - Variety

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Finally this film will be released in 2021.

AMC Networks-owned RLJE Films has swooped for U.S. rights to “Shoplifters of the World.”

Inspired by true events, “Shoplifters of the World” is set over the course of one night in the life of four friends who are reeling from the sudden dissolution of British band The Smiths. The same evening, a local radio station is also hijacked by an armed, impassioned Smiths fan, resulting in a madcap evening that sends up the spirit of the 1980s.

Starring Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike”) as the radio DJ and Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) as the hijacker, the film also stars Helena Howard (“Madeline’s Madeline”) and Elena Kampouris (“Before I Fall”). “Shoplifters of the World” is written and directed by Stephen Kijak (“We Are X”) and also features 20 tracks from The Smiths.

The U.K.’s...

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