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Morrissey refuses to reform the Smiths for Coachella ’13

- January 18th, 2013

The organizers of one of North America’s biggest music festivals have struck out once again in their bid to lure the Smiths to reform for a one-off show.

Coachella bosses approached the popular ’80s cult band to headline this year’s event, only to be turned down for a third time by former lead singer Morrissey.

In a statement, a spokesman for the star says, “Morrissey has refused a Smiths headline offer for this year’s Coachella Festival.”

Last year, they went as far as offering up not only a hefty payday which reportedly was in the millions, but also promised the staunch vegetarian they would ban meat from the Coachella site if he agreed to an appearance.

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Guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr has also denied all attempts to get the band back together. Speaking to NME.com last year, he said: “We won’t be reforming this week. Maybe if the (British) government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I’ll reform the band. How’s that? That’s a fair trade, isn’t it? I think the country would be better off, don’t you? I’ll do it if the coalition steps down.”

The Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival is held in Indio, California and attracts well over 100,000 concertgoers each year.

This year’s event is being held on April 12-14, 2013 and April 19-21, 2013, with the lineup as yet to be announced.

Last year’s headliners included included Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre And Snoop Dogg (with the now infamous hologram of Tupac).