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Johnny Marr: It was amazing being in The Smiths

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Johnny Marr: It was amazing being in The Smiths

Johnny Marr has nothing bad to say about his time in The Smiths.

The 58-year-old musician - who was formerly a member of the rock band from their formation in 1982, to their split in 1987 - didn't feel it was necessary to "settle scores" about his time in the group in his new memoir, 'Set The Boy Free', because he has nothing but "amazing" memories despite what other people have said.

He explained: "I had no interest in rewriting history to settle scores. That's not really my style. I had no interest in writing about it in any other way than saying it was amazing, because it was. How would anyone imagine otherwise? We were so young, and we were in a great band and lots of amazing things were happening to us. That's been misrepresented by people with different agendas."

Meanwhile, the 'This Charming Man' hitmaker has revealed he is working with TV actress Maxine Peake on a "project" and he hopes to go on a solo tour in 2017.

He told NME magazine: "I want to get out again and do some shows. The band will resume at the start of next year, and I'm doing a new project with [the actress] Maxine Peake. We've wanted to do something together for a while. She's an amazing artist and I think we have a lot in common. We haven't quite worked it out yet, but I have this idea for music and words. Hopefully we'll turn it into a show of some kind. We haven't quite worked it out yet, but we have started and it's going to be great."

Johnny also wrote about the time he met up with his former bandmate Morrissey at a pub in 2008 and discussed the possibility of a reunion.

He wrote: "Suddenly we were talking about the possibility of the band reforming, and in that moment it seemed that with the right intention it could actually be done and might even be great.

"I was genuinely pleased to be back in touch with Morrissey, and [current band] the Cribs and I talked about the possibility of me playing some shows with The Smiths. For four days it was a very real prospect."