Mike Joyce Net Worth 2023, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, Parents, Salary

Mike Joyce net worth

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Mike Joyce is an English drummer. He is best known as the drummer for the Smiths, a rock band formed in Manchester in 1982.

Early Life

NameMike Joyce
Net Worth$2 million
Age59 years
Mike Joyce net worth

Michael Adrian Paul Joyce was born on June 1, 1963 (age 59 years) in Manchester to Irish Catholic 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 Northern Irish punk rock group Victim.


Mike Joyce was a member of The Smiths throughout the band’s existence (1982–87). Immediately after the break-up of the band, Joyce and Smiths bassist Andy Rourke played with Sinéad O’Connor. 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.

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Joyce’s 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 £1 million from Morrissey and Marr.

According to Morrissey, who unsuccessfully appealed Joyce’s claims, Joyce first sued Morrissey and Marr in 1989 for 25% of the Smiths’ recording royalties. In 1996, Joyce won the case “on the basis of the 1890 Partnership Act”. The next year (1997), according to Morrissey, “Joyce was paid £215,000 from me, and £215,000 from Johnny Marr.

In 2001, as a final payment of back royalties, Johnny Marr paid Joyce £260,000 plus ‘costs’. At this time I [Morrissey] was in the US and was not served with court proceedings, so Joyce obtained a Default Judgment. He then put forward a claim from me for £688,000 —well above and beyond the amount Johnny Marr was ordered to pay. In my absence, the figure was not contested.

Since 2001, and because of the Default Judgment against me, Joyce has taken out Third Party Orders against the following societies: my personal bank account in England, Smiths royalties from Warner Music, my personal PRS royalties, my personal PPL royalties, and he has attempted to seize UK concert fees from venue to venue.

This money, to date, totals £700,000. This figure is in addition to the figures mentioned above.” Morrissey went on to claim that “[the] Joyce action is continuous. Because of his Default Judgment he continues to take my royalties, and the royalties of others mentioned above, from Warner Music—consequently I have not received record royalties since 2001.”

In July 2007, Mike Joyce, along with former bandmate Andy Rourke, released Inside The Smiths, a DVD that chronicled their experiences of being in the band. In October 2007, Joyce toured the UK playing drums for Vinny Peculiar with Bonehead (Oasis) 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 works as a DJ and broadcaster, including occasional appearances on BBC 6 Music.

Mike Joyce has hosted shows on East Village Radio, an internet station. Since October 2017, Joyce has hosted a weekly radio show on Manchester radio station XS Manchester. In October 2018, the show was nominated in the ‘Best Specialist Music Show’ category at the ARIAS 2018 radio awards.

Joyce is a patron of the Manchester-based charity Back on Track; as part of this role, Joyce ran a special cooking session with some of the charity’s clients, during which they cooked vegetables from his allotment, and featured as a story on ITV Granada.


Mike Joyce is married to his wife Christina Riley, they had their wedding in 1994. His wife is a private person and together they have three children. He is a vegetarian. Joyce is a Manchester City fan, and is sometimes interviewed at City Square before important home matches. As of May 2023, Mike Joyce and his wife Christina Riley are still married and their notable children are Olivia, Faye, and Francis.

Mike Joyce net worth

How much is Mike Joyce worth? Mike Joyce net worth is estimated at around $2 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a musician and drummer. Mike Joyce’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential drummers in the United Kingdom. He stands at an appealing height of 1.78m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.

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