The Smiths get-together

THE SMITHS are closer than ever to a reunion.

The British alternative band, which was tremendously popular in the 80s, is alleged to be trying to put aside their differences to headline California’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival next April. Former frontman Morrissey, who went on to enjoy a flourishing solo career following the group’s break up in 1987, previously turned down an offer of £2.8 million by the event’s organisers to join guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce on stage. He is expected to be offered significantly more to emerge at the event next year.

Morrissey once said a reunion was out of question: “I’d rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that’s saying something coming from a vegetarian.”

However, in October 2007, Marr, who is presently a member of British band The Cribs, said that a reunion may be coming soon. The Smiths have remained a much-loved band with a huge following, regardless of never having a single reach higher than number 10 in the UK charts.