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Man who shot The Smiths: 'There will be no reunion'

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Apr 06, 2014 | 12:04pm EDT

Longtime The Smiths and Morrissey photographer Kevin Cummins is attempting to achieve a feat no one has ever managed - bringing the band back together for one night only, as part of a new gallery exhibition. The London-based snapper, who has documented the band's success and Morrissey's solo career over the past three decades, is staging his first U.S. solo exhibition of photos at Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles from 30 April (14), as part of the city's annual Brit Week festivities. But he fears his Moz Goes to Hollywood: Photographs of Morrissey & The Smiths show will be fans' only chance to see the iconic rocker and his former band together - because any thoughts of a reunion have been dismissed. Cummins tells WENN, "I don't think, apart from financially, they've got anything to gain from it. If you've read Morrissey's biography, I don't think there's much room for manoeuvre there. "I just can't see it happening. I guess they've probably thought about it and there's a lot of stumbling blocks. There's too many problems, there's too many obstacles in the way. I felt the same about the Stone Roses, but the Stone Roses haven't spent years in court slagging each other off." The group's legacy was tested in the mid-1990s when bandmates Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke took Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr to court, claiming they were entitled to a more generous share of the group's royalties. Rourke settled, but drummer Joyce continued with the action, which eventually reached England's High Court of Justice in December 1996, when a judge found in his favour and awarded him a $1.6 million (£1 million) payout and 25 per cent of royalties going forward. The legal spat continued into the new century when Joyce obtained a default judgement against Morrissey after the singer failed to make a final payment to the drummer. As a result the outstanding claim was increased. Morrissey has since estimated that Joyce's royalties grab has cost him more than $2.4 million (£1.5 million) in recovered royalties and legal fees. The group has often been at the centre of reunion chatter, but Morrissey has always been insistent there will never be a get together. In 2006, he said, "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian." The Smiths split in 1987. Cummins' new exhibition at Mr. Musichead will run until 15 May (14).

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