Living up to their well-deserved rep as the kings and queens of miserable
cheer, Smiths fans are set to celebrate the anniversary of their favorite
Perhaps realizing that any chances of a reunion of
the great 80's bum-rockers is now totally out of the question (following a
recent ugly court case that pitted singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr
against drummer Mike Joyce over allegations of unevenly distributed royalties),
the organizers of the all-day event, to be held at the Pasadena Convention
Center on Feb. 23, opted for a celebration of what must be the darkest day in
the expected 2,000 fans' already dun lives...
Although these kinds of post-mortems reportedly take place
with alarming regularity in England, this is the first such convention on
American soil, and co-chairman Ray DeVries says it will be a "great day for
fans of the Smiths to share memorabilia and stories."
The event, which
will run from 2-11 p.m., will feature an appearance from the rhythm section of
the band, former bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Joyce, who will be signing
autographs, answering questions and screening a rare Smiths video. "Mike
(Joyce) is bringing a video of the Smiths' third-ever show," said DeVries
excitedly. "It has Johnny Marr singing backing vocals on a few songs, which is
one of the only times he ever did that!"
There will also be a vendor room
with booths hawking all kinds of Smiths-related wares, a Smiths theater showing
videos, a show by the Smiths cover band, Sweet and Tender Hooligans, a dance
party at the end of the night (let's see...the black tights with the black
skirt or the black pants with the black pirate shirt?) and a raffle to see what
lucky mope will get to have dinner with Rourke and Joyce. Admission is $20
(pancake make-up not included) and interested mopes should call the hotline,
(818) 967-7811 for information.