Morrissey claims he doesn't know anybody who wants The Smiths to reunite.

The former frontman, whose band split in 1987, also insists there aren't any bands he would like to see reform because he wants to remember how they were in their heyday.

He told Billboard: ''I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!,'' adding: ''There aren't any bands I [would] like to see again because your memory of them is how they were in their prime or at their best or at their most desperate, and you look to them to be someone that they no longer are.''

The 'First of the Gang to Die' singer also insists he was never influenced by The Beatles when he formed The Smiths with guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce in 1982.

Asked about the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first trip to America, he revealed: ''I thought four of their songs were magnificient, and if a band can give you four magnificent songs then that's good enough for me. But was I ever influenced by The Beatles? No.''

Morrissey, 54, will be joined by Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones on two dates on his US tour this summer, at LA's Los Angeles Sports Arena on May 10 and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on June 21.

He said: ''Tom and Cliff qualify greatly in the style department, and age has nothing to do with it. There are millions of obese 19 year olds who only buy clothes that blend in with the couch.''