The light hasn't gone out: The Smiths trio announce new gig

Bassist, Andy Rourke says he's thrilled and excited about the gig. Credit: PA

Three members of The Smiths will re-unite on stage for the first time in 30 years but the returning trio will not include Morrissey or Johnny Marr.

Bassist Andy Rourke, drummer Mike Joyce and guitarist Craig Gannon will perform as part of a new live concert production called Classically Smiths.

Classically Smiths will see some of the Manchester band's most memorable songs performed in collaboration with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

Rourke said:

Joyce said he was "massively excited" to perform with Rourke and Gannon again, saying that the introduction of the orchestra would also take it to "another level".

He said:

Gannon, who was the second guitarist for the band, hailed the event as a "refreshing and exciting production, not only for us as musicians, but ultimately for the people coming to see and hear it.

Anthemic tracks on the playlist at the event will include There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now?

Other hits that will also be performed include The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours, Hand In Glove, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me with more old favourites also due to be played.

The concerts are set for June and July, with limited dates in Manchester, London and Edinburgh.

The demise of the Manchester rock band, formed in 1982, has been well documented.

Following their split, reportedly sparked by friction between frontman Morrissey and Marr, tensions rose again when Joyce and bassist Rourke took the former pair to court over royalties in 1989.

Outspoken and a staunch animal rights activist, Morrissey has enjoyed a successful solo career, as have Marr and the other previous band members.

Morrissey has aired his political views often and has also been known to ban fast food outlets from cooking meat during festivals at which he is performing, having stormed off stage at Coachella in 2009.

He said at the time: "I can smell burning flesh ... and I hope to God it's human."

Tickets for Classically Smiths go on sale on January 26 from