Hours after the "Classically Smiths" shows were announced for June in the U.K., a rep for Rourke emailed Rolling Stone to say that the bassist never signed on for the gigs, even though a press release that accompanied the concerts' announcement had a statement attributed to Rourke.
"I am deeply saddened that during the week of the death of my dear friend Dolores O'Riordan, that false statements are made on my behalf," Rourke told Rolling Stone. "At no time did I give my consent for anyone in connection with this Classically Smiths project to act on my behalf or my name and nothing was ever confirmed, approved or contracted by me or my team."
A rep for Joyce did not immediately return a request for comment. Reps for Bad Production Ltd, the production company behind the show, did not immediately respond to requests for clarification and comment.
In the press release Monday, Rourke is quoted as saying about the Classically Smiths concerts, "To have been there the first time round and seen it first hand, and to still be such a big fan of The Smiths today, I am both thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths. I’m really proud of the band’s work, and being able to present those songs again in this particular production format promises to be a real gift for audiences everywhere."
However, Rourke's rep denied that Rourke ever made that statement. "At no point in time did Andy Rourke agree to participate or otherwise license or authorize the use of his name, likeness or any personal quotes in any manner in connection with this Classically Smiths project," Rourke's representative told Rolling Stone.
"The parties involved were advised of this on multiple occasions prior to them going to press. A press conference and press release were scheduled and serviced to the media without Andy Rourke’s or his team’s knowledge or approval. Any quotes by Andy Rourke that were attributed in any press materials in regards to the Classically Smiths project were not provided, authorized or otherwise approved by him or his representatives."
The press release serviced to media also had quotes attributed to Joyce, short-lived Smiths rhythm guitarist Craig Gannon, the Manchester Camerata orchestra CEO Bob Riley and Joel Perry, the Executive Producer and Creative Director of Bad Production Ltd., the company presenting the event.
Tickets for the three Classically Smiths concerts are, at press time, still scheduled to go on sale Friday.
Playboi Carti's new "Lookin'" video features a straightforward, good time of roaming the streets, neighborhoods and record stores with a group of friends, including guest rapper and frequent collaborator, Lil Uzi Vert.
The "Lookin'" video highlights A$AP Mob's upcoming AWGE Vol. 2 DVD, which the collective's leader A$AP Rocky announced over the weekend.
"Lookin'" is featured on Playboi Carti's self-titled 2017 debut commercial mixtape. Last year, Lil Uzi Vert issued his debut record, Luv Is Rage 2, which Rolling Stone ranked one of 2017's 40 Best Rap Albums.
Both rappers are currently on tour. Playboi Carti performs next on January 27th in Philadelphia, and Lil Uzi Vert's next show is January 26th in New York City.
Pearl Jam will play a pair of Seattle concerts this summer to help aid the city's homelessness initiatives. Dubbed "The Home Shows," the two stadium gigs mark the Rock Hall-inducted band's first hometown gigs in five years.
"The Home Shows" will invade Seattle's Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, on August 8th and 10th. Pearl Jam has pledged at least $1 million from the concerts to addressing the area's homelessness issues, with the band hoping to raise $10 million in 2018 in collaboration with area businesses, government agencies and nonprofits to alleviate the problem.
"Seattle is our hometown," Stone Gossard said in a statement. "When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution. It's heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It's going to take all of us."
To celebrate the announcement of the hometown gigs, guitarist Mike McCready raised the Pearl Jam flag atop the city's iconic Space Needle on Monday.
Pearl Jam notes that the two-night stand at Safeco Field, which will hold 100,000 fans over the two concerts, is the largest headlining concert in Seattle since the Rolling Stones' two-night residency at the city's since-demolished Kingdome in 1981. Check out Pearl Jam's Home Shows site for ticket information, accommodations and more.
"The Home Shows" will allegedly give way to a summer of stadium shows for Pearl Jam, who last played the U.S. in 2016: While the band hasn't announced additional dates, the band's website accidentally hinted at upcoming shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and Missoula, Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the latter reportedly a fundraising gig for Democratic senator Jon Tester.