On Saturday, we reported how fans of The Smiths were eagerly awaiting news of an upcoming collaboration with some of the group’s former members following a cryptic image shared on Facebook. Now, fans are struggling to understand just what is going on after the bassist Andy Rourke has denied any involvement in the project.

A few days ago, The Smiths’ drummer Mike Joyce shared an image to Facebook which indicated an upcoming collaborative effort from members of the group. Soon after, it was revealed that the project in question was a series of orchestral performances of tunes by The Smiths.

“To have been there the first time round and seen it first hand, and to still be such a big fan of The Smiths today, I am both thrilled and excited to be involved in Classically Smiths,” Andy Rourke was quoted as saying in the press release. “I’m really proud of the band’s work, and being able to present those songs again in this particular production format promises to be a real gift for audiences everywhere.”

However, as Rolling Stone report, not only did Rourke never say that, but he has also denied any involvement in the project whatsoever. “I am deeply saddened that during the week of the death of my dear friend Dolores O’Riordan, that false statements are made on my behalf,” Rourke told Rolling Stone.

“At no time did I give my consent for anyone in connection with this Classically Smiths project to act on my behalf or my name and nothing was ever confirmed, approved or contracted by me or my team.”