The Stone Roses to reunite for tour

 
The Stone Roses (l-r: John Squire, Mani, Ian Brown, Reni) The Stone Roses are expecting to embark on a world tour

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Influential Manchester rock band The Stone Roses have announced the end of a 15-year split for a series of gigs.

The band will play two shows at Heaton Park, Manchester, on 29 and 30 June before an "extensive" world tour.

At a London press conference, singer Ian Brown said his friendship with John Squire had been repaired and the group hoped to release a new record soon.

The Manchester band, which was formed in 1983, recorded just two albums before they dissolved in 1996.

Their 1989 self-titled debut is regarded as a seminal work, combining psychedelic pop and funky basslines.

'Bit like Everest'

The classic line-up of the band were all present for Tuesday's announcement: Brown, Squire, Mani (Gary Mounfield) and Reni (Alan Wren).

The band said the death of Mani's mother earlier this year was the catalyst that brought them back together, even though the bassist had poured scorn on reunion rumours that surfaced shortly after the funeral.

The Stone Roses on getting back together and their plans to tour in 2012

Asked at the press conference how long the reunion would last, Mani said it was a "suck it and see thing", while Reni said he "would be happy with 12 months".

"We will ride it as long as we can," Brown added. However, the band were unable to confirm any festival rumours.

The band confirmed that they have been working together again, and Mani said: "Something magical happens when us four are in the room together, you can't put your finger on it.

"It's just beautiful to capture it again. I've missed it."

The musician added that he had been allowed to leave his current band, Primal Scream, "to follow his dream", while Brown said that his solo career would be put on ice.

Reni - who said he had been busy with fatherhood since the band split up - said it was "a bit like Everest" for men of their age to attempt a comeback.

Analysis

What the Stone Roses did in the late 80s and early 90s was to re-set the musical compass so that it permanently pointed North.

I was working at the NME at the time, and our expenses forms were dominated by train fares to Manchester, as that's where the action was. This was healthy for Britain's all too London-centric cultural life.

A locally-kept secret who went international within six months, the Roses blended Byrdsian indie guitar with psychedelic noodling and a Sly Stone groove, ushering in a new age of dance-influenced rock. Arrogant and effortlessly cool, they captured a moment when ecstasy and/or the rave spirit loosened trouser width and freed minds from Tory-dominated stasis.

Drummer Reni's effortlessly funky rhythms, married to Mani's rumbling bass and the quiet genius of John Squire's inventive guitar, powered the Roses sound, which went epic with Fools Gold. Ian Brown, mouthy and spaced out, was intoxicating to watch, even if his vocals weren't technically brilliant.

It was all about the communal atmosphere they created, demanded to be adored from within a fog of dry ice and smoke.

And of course they blew it: taking five years to record their second album and falling into acrimony, their ignominious split in a newly Britpop-dominated 1996 only serving to make their first album and first flush of success all the more precious in the minds of an entire generation, many of whom still own their Reni hats.

The band admitted they each had personal reasons for the reunion, while Brown criticised the current music scene, saying it was "boring, bland and corporate with nobody saying anything" and that people "needed uplifting in times like this".

Supposedly named after a novel by Sarah Gainham, the band were at the forefront of the "Madchester" indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which also spawned the likes of Happy Mondays and The Charlatans.

They scored hits with tracks including Fools Gold, I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums and Love Spreads - their biggest single, reaching number two in 1994.

In the year their debut album came out, they topped NME magazine's readers' poll in four categories - best new band, band of the year, album of the year and single of the year, for Fools Gold.

Legal wranglings as they tried to part company with their original record label kept the band occupied until 1991, after which they took another three years to produce the follow-up, Second Coming.

Drummer Reni quit in 1995, followed months later by guitarist Squire.

The band struggled on for another six months with former Simply Red session guitarist Aziz Ibrahim before finally splitting up against a backdrop of internal arguments and legal cases.

Frontman Brown went on to pursue a solo career (and made a brief cameo in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) while bassist Mani joined Primal Scream.

Squire formed his own band The Seahorses and has also forged a career as an artist.

'Golden period'

Drummer Reni was the most enigmatic of the quartet and largely disappeared from the public eye after their dissolution.

In recent years, rumours of a Stone Roses reunion have regularly made the press, only to be quickly scotched by individual members of the band.

Earlier this year, guitarist Squire told NME: "When it's just a get-together for a big payday and everyone gets their old clothes out, that seems tragic to me."

He added that he had not been approached with any concrete financial plans for a Stone Roses reunion.

Tuesday's announcement, supposed to be a surprise, had been heavily trailed by tabloid newspapers.

The Stone Roses, pictured in 1989 Fools Gold is one of the band's most enduring songs

One person who knew in advance was New Order's Peter Hook, who told BBC 6 Music he had been "tipped off last week".

"Because the band had such a short life, there was always this wish that they would reform - because they burned quite brightly and disappeared," he said.

"I think that they'll make their own magic.

"We're all ready to celebrate the Stone Roses coming back because we all want to celebrate that wonderful, golden period in Manchester history."

Hinting at how the band members had made peace with one another, Hook said: "When you talk face-to-face and you look into someone's eyes, it's definitely a much easier and much stronger way of communicating than doing it through your lawyers.

"You find the thing you loved about each other at the start."

 

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    Comment number 88.

    Smalltownupstart #83 i totally agree- you hit the nail on the head mate!! A lot of the young kids who have never seen the stone roses live will end up dissapointed after watching them and they will realise what original fans have been saying for years. This reunion could backfire on the band big time. I cant see them staying together for s long tour but i suppose a job is a job in these hard times

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    Comment number 87.

    Why are so many southern softies on here posting comments about mancs saying we all walk about with mop top haircuts? Get with the times those haircuts dissappeared years ago. Once again manchester leads the way with its culture and music and southerners are still behind without a clue of what modern northerners even look like!!! ive heard george formby has just released a new album down south lol

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    Comment number 86.

    Shame on the mainstream news media for comparing them to the likes of Take That and Steps on every damn news programme I've seen today. I will happily shout expletives at those who suggest that this is about money. The Roses have reunited because the time is right. The Tories are up to their old tricks again, the little man is being s**t on, and Britain needs its voice back. Bring it on!

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    Comment number 85.

    So much for Squire saying hed neer get together with the others again. Must be short of money...Not sold enough paintings?

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    Comment number 84.

    Dont think ian and the lads made much back in the days anyway due to silvertone. Maybe theyre cashing in now while they still can. Bsnds only play huge venues like heaton park for one reason- the cash!!!

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    Comment number 83.

    I'm glad i was there first time round,those were the days,madchester,the illegal raves,mop tops,paisley shirts,but reunion for the roses,no way,they were rubbish live when they were young and will probably be worse now they're not,their debut and garage flower will remain seminal to my generation but it was music of the times,those times are gone,dont ruin the memory,please,you WERE the greatest.

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    Comment number 82.

    I hope the roses pull it off if they release new material despite it looking like an obvious cash in. it would be interesting to hear them in the studio again after leading separate lives the past few years. Hope it isnt just safe watered down rubbish that kids from the itunes generation love to lap up these days.
    Would rather see the smiths again to be honest but will still go to heaton park!!

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    Comment number 81.

    Seems a bit desperate and a sell-out.
    Not very interested in old stuff.
    And they still haven't had a bath.

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    Comment number 80.

    Dylan still tours to this day, to undimmed reverence. I saw the Roses twice in Glasgow, in 1989 and 90. Both were brilliant gigs. The second more so as I knew their songs by then. Were they crap live performers, like many poster are suggesting? Probably. But you don't go to a rock or pop gig for a perfect rendition of a studio sound. That first album can never be bettered live. Stop moaning

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    Comment number 79.

    @#6 "Logboy"

    "i was at spike island. very memorable"

    If you can remember it, then you wasn't there I`m afraid.

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    Comment number 78.

    Ian Brown and John Squire were spotted walking in Macclesfield forest about 6weeks ago by someone I know. After what had gone on with them having fallen out, this only meant one thing. A reunion. This is moohosive if you know anything about proper music, this is what it is all about. Not that dross that is peddled every Saturday night on TV. Nice one our kid, nice one!

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    Comment number 77.

    Its actually 3 nights at heaton park not 2 as you will find out on friday. This whole reunion smells of greed. Theyre clearly doing it for the paycheck. Such a shame. Expect a surge in reissues from silvertone and expect the band to play as many gigs and festivals as they can to make as much as possible. They were such a great band in the studio but one of the worst live bands i have ever seen.

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    Comment number 76.

    Good grief - it will probably end up being a disaster as they all fall out with eachother again at some stage. Still, it will be entertaining.

    Square and Brown can't stand eachother! Still, money talks..

    Very much a product of thier times and not sure if thery will be as relevant today as they were back in the late eighties, early nineties.

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    Comment number 75.

    In 1989 when the Roses broke through, the musical landscape was filled with horrible manufactured pop. Guitar music didn't matter and these four single handedly turned a generation on and changed British music. Could there be a better time for them to re-form when the charts are again dominated by horrific drivel and kids today just buy what Cowell and co produce. They can do it again.

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    Comment number 74.

    They may look like the sort of chaps who turn up on your doorstep with a surprising drive-tarmacing offer now, but I'm really chuffed about this.

    I couldn't explain what was special about The Roses back in '89 and I still can't find the words to express it now.

    It just feels right. Like a great lost opportunity has been given an impossible 2nd chance.

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    Comment number 73.

    Saw them on the Second Coming tour and they were great, although overall I feel they are overrated. Reunion? Well if that's what they want then why not whilst they still can?. Ian Brown has written some great songs since they split and he still seems to have something. I think John Squire has been missed from the music scene and if this is a way to get his guitar jangling again, then bring it on.

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    Comment number 72.

    How terribly exciting.

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    Comment number 69.

    Why can Steps and Stone Roses not be mentioned in the same post? Steps have recently reformed with staggering success. Just because you don't like them or think them credible doesn't mean the two groups have to be segregated. No one is comparing them to the Stone Roses, just using them as another example.

 

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