Mike Joyce (musician)

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Mike Joyce
Birth name Michael Adrian Paul Joyce
Born (1963-06-01) 1 June 1963 (age 52)
Origin Fallowfield, Manchester
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1982-present
Associated acts The Smiths
Sinéad O'Connor
The Buzzcocks
Julian Cope
Public Image Limited
John Lydon
John Mcgeoch
Soul Diva
Vinny Peculiar
Website mikejoyce.com
Notable instruments

Mike Joyce (born Michael Adrian Paul Joyce, 1 June 1963) is an English drummer. He is best known as the drummer for The Smiths,[1] an English Rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Joyce.

Life and career[edit]

Michael Adrian Paul Joyce was born in Manchester to Irish parents, and attended St Gregory's Grammar School in the city.

While The Smiths provided Joyce with his first taste of success, he had previously drummed for Manchester band The Hoax and Irish punks Victim. Joyce was a member of The Smiths throughout the band's existence (1982–1987).

Immediately after the break-up of the band, Joyce and Smiths bassist Andy Rourke played with Sinéad O'Connor.[2] They, along with Craig Gannon, also provided the rhythm section for two singles by Smiths' singer Morrissey – "Interesting Drug" and "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" and their b-sides. Work with Suede, Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, P. P. Arnold and Pete Wylie followed throughout the 1990s.

Joyce, Rourke, and Gannon reunited to work on a project with fellow Manchester musician Aziz Ibrahim (formerly of The Stone Roses and Simply Red), ex-Oasis guitarist Bonehead (as Moondog One), and Vinny Peculiar.

In 1996, Joyce sued former Smiths' colleagues Johnny Marr and Morrissey for an equal share of performance and recording royalties. Joyce won the case and was awarded damages of around one million pounds from Morrissey and Marr.[3] He was not invited to the Manchester v Cancer benefit concert organised by Andy Rourke in January 2006 because of Johnny Marr's involvement in the event.

In July 2007, Joyce along with former bandmate Andy Rourke released Inside The Smiths, a DVD which chronicled their experiences of being in the band.

In October 2007, Joyce toured the UK playing drums for Vinny Peculiar with Bonehead on bass guitar, and in 2008 ran a successful night at The Brickhouse in Manchester called 'Alternative Therapy'.

In parallel to his music career, Joyce also works as a DJ and broadcaster, including occasional appearances on BBC 6 Music.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Christina Riley–Joyce, with whom he has had three children: Faye, Olivia and Francis.


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