Johnny Marr responds to Smiths reunion rumours with swipe at Morrissey's political stance.

Johnny Marr seems to have confirmed that he has no intention of performing with his former bandmate Morrissey, in a response to rumours of a forthcoming Smiths tour.

The guitarist received a tweet by a fan who wanted to know if a report, which claimed a “trusted source” had reported that concert giant LiveNation had secured the reunion.

“Need to know pretty sharpish so I can get a loan and sell everything I own to go to every date,” the fan joked.

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Marr was quick to shut down the rumour, responding with the quip: “Nigel Farage on guitar.”

His comment was likely in reference to Morrissey’s string of recent controversies around his political stance. Earlier this year he caused uproar after reaffirming his support for the anti-Islam party For Britain, and claiming that “everyone prefers their own race”.

He has also spent a considerable amount of time attacking the media, and was recently pictured at a concert wearing a vest bearing the words: “F*** The Guardian.”​

Morrissey's most controversial quotes

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On racism
On Lady Gaga
On dance music:
On London mayor Sadiq Khan

Morrissey's most controversial quotes

On racism

1/29 On racism

“If you call someone racist in modern Britain you are telling them that you have run out of words. You are shutting the debate down and running off. The word is meaningless now. Everyone ultimately prefers their own race … does this make everyone racist?”

NBCU/Getty

On Lady Gaga

2/29 On Lady Gaga

In an interview with Billboard, Morrissey calls Lady Gaga “nothing new” and says her style is “fraudulent, and the exact opposite of erotic.” He also refers to Madonna as “McDonna” and says Michael Bublé is “famous and meaningless”.

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On dance music:

3/29 On dance music:

"It's the refuge for the mentally deficient. It's made by dull people for dull people."

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On London mayor Sadiq Khan

4/29 On London mayor Sadiq Khan

"London is debased. The Mayor of London tells us about 'Neighborhood policin' — what is 'policin’? He tells us London is an 'amazin' city. What is 'amazin'? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly!"

Getty

On Madonna

5/29 On Madonna

“Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive. Desperate womanhood. Madonna is closer to organised prostitution than anything else.”

Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images

On Beyonce:

6/29 On Beyonce:

"The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it's not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It's because of Beyoncé's handbags"

Buda Mendes/Getty Images

On animal cruelty in China

7/29 On animal cruelty in China

“You can’t help but feel that the Chinese people are a subspecies.”

Getty Images

On royal family:

8/29 On royal family:

"The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering"

Getty

On creativity:

9/29 On creativity:

On being creative: “I'd rather produce art than become art.”

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On Prince Charles:

10/29 On Prince Charles:

"I wish that Prince Charles had been shot. I think it would have made the world a more interesting place."

On sexuality:

11/29 On sexuality:

"Unfortunately, I am not homosexual... In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course, not many."

Getty

On Bob Geldof:

12/29 On Bob Geldof:

"Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Band Aid was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music."

Getty

On growing old:

13/29 On growing old:

“Age shouldn’t affect you. You’re either marvellous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.”

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On being alcoholic:

14/29 On being alcoholic:

“Life would be so colourful if only I had a drink problem.”

GETTY IMAGES

On being sexy:

15/29 On being sexy:

“I think I must be, absolutely, a total sex object. In every sense of the word.”

EPA

On music industry:

16/29 On music industry:

“I lost myself to music at a very early age, and I remained there.”

On Taylor Swift:

17/29 On Taylor Swift:

The maximum trimmings [at the Brits] divert your attention from the fact that Taylor Swift has nothing to do with Coventry or Wrexham. To pull off rank fraud in tellyland is not a difficult undertaking, especially if you have the entire population of Peru dancing around you as you mime your song."

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On grooming:

18/29 On grooming:

"I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.”

Rex Features

On Elton John:

19/29 On Elton John:

“He is pushing his face in all the time and telling us about his private life. Nobody's interested. He should just go away."

AFP/Getty Images

On charisma:

20/29 On charisma:

“I'm not very good at being dull."

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On musicians:

21/29 On musicians:

“Artists aren't really people. I'm actually 40 per cent papier mache.”

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On love:

22/29 On love:

On romance: “I do think it's possible to go through life and never fall in love, or find someone who loves you.”

Getty

On failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

23/29 On failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

"The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed."

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On the music addiction:

24/29 On the music addiction:

“Music is like a drug, but there are no rehabilitation centres.”

Associated Press

On vanity:

25/29 On vanity:

On vanity: “Well, I am an extremely beautiful person.”

Rex Features

On death:

26/29 On death:

"I have an unswayable obsession with death. If there was a magical pill that one could take that would retire you from the world, I would take it."

Reuters

On Kate Middleton

27/29 On Kate Middleton

Morrissey links the suicide of a London nurse to the Duchess Kate Middleton. “There’s no blame placed at Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital for, as far as I can see, absolutely no reason . . . She feels no shame about the death of this woman. The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering.”

PA

On his legacy:

28/29 On his legacy:

“When they bury me in a church and chuck earth on my grave, I’d like the words ‘Well, at least he tried’ engraved on my tombstone.”

29/29

Rex

On racism

1/29 On racism

“If you call someone racist in modern Britain you are telling them that you have run out of words. You are shutting the debate down and running off. The word is meaningless now. Everyone ultimately prefers their own race … does this make everyone racist?”

NBCU/Getty

On Lady Gaga

2/29 On Lady Gaga

In an interview with Billboard, Morrissey calls Lady Gaga “nothing new” and says her style is “fraudulent, and the exact opposite of erotic.” He also refers to Madonna as “McDonna” and says Michael Bublé is “famous and meaningless”.

Getty Images

On dance music:

3/29 On dance music:

"It's the refuge for the mentally deficient. It's made by dull people for dull people."

Getty Images

On London mayor Sadiq Khan

4/29 On London mayor Sadiq Khan

"London is debased. The Mayor of London tells us about 'Neighborhood policin' — what is 'policin’? He tells us London is an 'amazin' city. What is 'amazin'? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly!"

Getty

On Madonna

5/29 On Madonna

“Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive. Desperate womanhood. Madonna is closer to organised prostitution than anything else.”

Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images

On Beyonce:

6/29 On Beyonce:

"The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it's not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It's because of Beyoncé's handbags"

Buda Mendes/Getty Images

On animal cruelty in China

7/29 On animal cruelty in China

“You can’t help but feel that the Chinese people are a subspecies.”

Getty Images

On royal family:

8/29 On royal family:

"The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering"

Getty

On creativity:

9/29 On creativity:

On being creative: “I'd rather produce art than become art.”

Getty Images

On Prince Charles:

10/29 On Prince Charles:

"I wish that Prince Charles had been shot. I think it would have made the world a more interesting place."

On sexuality:

11/29 On sexuality:

"Unfortunately, I am not homosexual... In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course, not many."

Getty

On Bob Geldof:

12/29 On Bob Geldof:

"Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Band Aid was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music."

Getty

On growing old:

13/29 On growing old:

“Age shouldn’t affect you. You’re either marvellous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.”

Getty Images

On being alcoholic:

14/29 On being alcoholic:

“Life would be so colourful if only I had a drink problem.”

GETTY IMAGES

On being sexy:

15/29 On being sexy:

“I think I must be, absolutely, a total sex object. In every sense of the word.”

EPA

On music industry:

16/29 On music industry:

“I lost myself to music at a very early age, and I remained there.”

On Taylor Swift:

17/29 On Taylor Swift:

The maximum trimmings [at the Brits] divert your attention from the fact that Taylor Swift has nothing to do with Coventry or Wrexham. To pull off rank fraud in tellyland is not a difficult undertaking, especially if you have the entire population of Peru dancing around you as you mime your song."

Provided by Shore Fire Media

On grooming:

18/29 On grooming:

"I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong.”

Rex Features

On Elton John:

19/29 On Elton John:

“He is pushing his face in all the time and telling us about his private life. Nobody's interested. He should just go away."

AFP/Getty Images

On charisma:

20/29 On charisma:

“I'm not very good at being dull."

Getty Images

On musicians:

21/29 On musicians:

“Artists aren't really people. I'm actually 40 per cent papier mache.”

Getty Images

On love:

22/29 On love:

On romance: “I do think it's possible to go through life and never fall in love, or find someone who loves you.”

Getty

On failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

23/29 On failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:

"The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed."

Getty Images

On the music addiction:

24/29 On the music addiction:

“Music is like a drug, but there are no rehabilitation centres.”

Associated Press

On vanity:

25/29 On vanity:

On vanity: “Well, I am an extremely beautiful person.”

Rex Features

On death:

26/29 On death:

"I have an unswayable obsession with death. If there was a magical pill that one could take that would retire you from the world, I would take it."

Reuters

On Kate Middleton

27/29 On Kate Middleton

Morrissey links the suicide of a London nurse to the Duchess Kate Middleton. “There’s no blame placed at Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital for, as far as I can see, absolutely no reason . . . She feels no shame about the death of this woman. The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering.”

PA

On his legacy:

28/29 On his legacy:

“When they bury me in a church and chuck earth on my grave, I’d like the words ‘Well, at least he tried’ engraved on my tombstone.”

29/29

Rex

Morrissey has faced criticism in the past for his comments about race, which include describing the Chinese as “a subspecies” and claiming “Halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of Isis”.

He was condemned by fellow musician Billy Bragg in June, after sharing a video that claimed Stormzy’s headline show at Glastonbury had been booked to promote multiculturalism “at the expense of white culture”.

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