Remember yesterday, when we reported that The Stone Roses were fueling rumors of an imminent reunion? Sometimes, things sound too good to be true. However, this is not one of those times, as the BBC confirms that the fearsome foursome will indeed be reuniting for a series of gigs, following an infamous 15-year split.
The band will play two shows in Heaton Park, Manchester, on the 29th and 30th of June as a prelude to a reportedly “extensive” world tour. Additionally, singer Ian Brown announced that his friendship with John Squire had been repaired and the group hopes to release a new record soon, which would only be the third in the short-lived band’s oeuvre. The band also stated that the catalyst that brought them all together was the sudden passing of Mani’s mother earlier this year. Additionally, the band members cited having their own personal reasons for the reunion, with Brown calling the current music scene “boring, bland and corporate with nobody saying anything.”
Weighing in on the reunion is irritable former New Order bassist Peter Hook, adding, “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.” Maybe someone should take his own lessons to heart!
Either way, this is great news for old fans of the legendary Madchester luminaries. Check out video from the press conference given by the four band members below.