Seminal Manchester group The Stone Roses have confirmed that they will reunite. After not having played together for over 15 years, the band have announced two gigs at Heaton Park in Manchester next year, on June 29 and 30. All four original members will participate in the reunion: singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield, and drummer Alan “Reni” Wren. The band also asserted that a world tour would follow the Manchester dates.
The news may come as a surprise to some, after years of all four band members insisting a reunion would never come to pass. In 2009, Squire created a piece of artwork which contained the following words: “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group the Stone Roses.” That same year, Brown told The Word, “He actually sent me a tune 18 months ago – pretty good, sounded nice, I liked it – but my sons turned round and said: ‘Dad, you can’t work on that – he sold you out, didn’t he? He left you for dead.'” And even earlier this year when asked about the possibility, Mani stated, “Please fuck off and leave it alone. It isn’t true and isn’t happening.”
At a press conference in London earlier today, Squire said, “Everything changed when me and Ian started seeing each other again. It was surreal: we went from crying and laughing about the old days to writing new songs in a heartbeat. In some ways, it’s a friendship that’s defined us both and it needed fixing. Two phone calls later, the band was no longer dead.” Mani stated, “There’s something magical [that] happens when us four are in a room together. You can’t put your finger on it. It’s just so beautiful to get hold of it again. Missed it, you know.” Although the possibility of a new album was not completely confirmed, Brown noted that the band would be playing new material.
Check out some footage from the press conference: