After paying tribute to bassist Andy Rourke on social media final week, the Smiths drummer Mike Joyce remembered his late buddy and bandmate in a brand new interview with BBC Breakfast. Joyce sat down with correspondent Colin Paterson to debate his recollections of enjoying with Rourke within the Smiths, in addition to their friendship outdoors of the band. “I don’t assume Andy realized simply how good a bass participant he was,” Joyce mentioned of Rourke throughout the dialog. “I don’t assume Andy ever actually embraced simply how momentous his contribution in direction of music is. I don’t assume he ever grasped that and realized that.” Watch the complete interview under.
Johnny Marr confirmed Rourke’s demise in a press release posted on social media Friday (Might 19). Rourke was 59, and had been dwelling with pancreatic most cancers. “I knew Andy had been very sick,” Joyce mentioned to Paterson on BBC Breakfast. “I sort of felt as if we weren’t going to be ready lengthy for that decision, and after I did get it, it didn’t make it any simpler.”
Joyce final noticed Rourke throughout a visit to New York Metropolis in February, throughout which the 2 musicians reminisced about a few of Rourke’s signature bass strains for the Smiths. “He was such a self-effacing character,” Joyce mentioned. “He by no means noticed himself as an incredible bass participant as a result of it was so easy for him and really easy for him. He simply put the bass on and magic would occur.” “I felt like he carried me quite a lot of the time,” Joyce added. “Any drummer’s going to sound nice with Andy enjoying bass.”
Following the information of Rourke’s demise, Morrissey penned a eulogy for his former bandmate, writing: “He won’t ever die so long as his music is heard. He didn’t ever know his personal energy, and nothing that he performed had been performed by another person.”