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- Posted on Mar 18th 2010 2:30PM by Farah Ishaq
Speaking in advance of running a Jack Daniel's gig at Manchester's Band on the Wall venue on May 27 -- where he will help legendary poet John Cooper Clarke and a host of younger Smiths-influenced bands like the Whip, Answering Machine and I Am Kloot re-create Buzzcocks' 'Spiral Scratch' EP live -- Joyce fondly recalled the buzz he felt being in the Smiths.
He said, "The buzz never really abated, even on the last tour for the last album, I remember the last tour we did of America, we played to about 15 to 20,000 people in Boston. We had come off stage and I had to do a quick wee and I remember hearing like just 'Smiths Smiths Smiths,' I thought 'f------ hell'."
Asked whether he would ever want to recreate that feeling in the band again, the drummer paused to reflect that on the whole he wouldn't, saying, "Of course I enjoy it. But I enjoy things like yesterday, the weather. I think that's what it's like -- being in my 40s now -- I thought to myself, 'what an absolutely gorgeous day,' I've got tulips in the garden and my poppies are coming up and I thought 'great.' It wasn't as euphoric, but it was a real kind of buzz I was getting. I want to do well but you can't have it all."
He added, "When you're involved in a band, it's a bit like sometimes like going downhill without the brakes on. You lack control over it, and some of the situations that arise. That side of it can get a bit scary, I wouldn't say it's the downside, but it's the flip-side. Like look at last night, I was at a gig [in Manchester], and people were getting nervous just because I was there. I don't need that, my ego has been massaged enough. It doesn't need any more!"