The legendary guitarist was at the NME Awards at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on February 29, to pick up the award for Best Reissue. The Smiths took home the prize for their Complete box set, coming out on top against contenders Nirvana’s Nevermind, Manic Street Preachers’ National Treasures, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica and The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls.
When asked if The Smiths’ enduring popularity had ever made him tempted to speak to Morrissey about the prospect of a reunion, he told NME: “I don’t not speak to him, because that implies a certain standoff or whatever.
“He’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine, and we go through periods of time when we’re in communication and at times when we’re not. I’m not sure he wants to communicate, so I’ll just carry on doing what I’m doing, and live my life and be a musician.”
He went on to add: “We won’t be reforming this week. Maybe if the government stepped down. If this government stepped down, I’ll reform the band. How’s that? That’s a fair trade, isn’t it? I think the country would be better off, don’t you? I’ll do it if the coalition steps down.”
Speaking about winning the award, meanwhile, Marr said: “It feels nice, actually, because we’ve not been given an award before, I don’t think. So I think it’s the first award The Smiths have had, so that’s pretty good. It’s nice that people still love the songs.”