During the 1986 tour to support The Queen is Dead album the band added Craig Gannon (to the lineup of Morrissey, Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce) on rhythm guitar, which allowed Marr to play lead during the live shows. This dynamic (changing the quartet into a quintette) some believe threw off the balance of the band and widened the gap between Morrissey and the three original playing members of the Smiths.
Rank, the groups live album, was recorded during that tour. The music here is loud and loutish as the band (everyone except Morrissey) spirals out of control in a stereo typical, drug and party fueled jaunt through the US. By the end, Rourke would end up in a Tampa Florida Hospital, and the group would cancel their final four sold out shows including the highly anticipated and prestigious tour closer at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.