The Stone Roses announce reunion, promise concerts

18th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Stone Roses, one of the seminal bands to emerge from the Manchester indie rock scene in the 1980s, said Tuesday they were reuniting and announced concert dates for next year.

Band members led by singer Ian Brown had long denied they intended to get back together after splitting in 1996.

But they have put aside their differences and said they would play shows at Heaton Park in Manchester on June 29-30 next year, plus further concerts around the world.

Guitarist John Squire said he and singer Brown had met by chance at the funeral of bass player Gary 'Mani' Mounfield's mother.

"When me and Ian met by chance it changed everything. In some ways it felt like 15 years ago was yesterday," he said, at a press conference in London to officially announce the reunion.

"Our plan is to take on the world," Brown said. "We will ride it as long as we can."

The band were however unable to confirm rumours that they are set to headline at Glastonbury in 2013, after the festival takes a year off.

The Stone Roses recorded just two albums and their 1989 self-titled debut is regarded as a seminal work, fusing psychedelic pop with dance music.

They were one of the leading lights of the "Madchester" indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, alongside acts like Happy Mondays and The Charlatans.

© 2011 AFP

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