Stone Roses announce they are a band again.. how long will it last?
A reformed Stone Roses never seemed likely - they seemed to hate each other in - and it took the death of Mani's mother to put it all in perspective. Not to mention the thought of all the cash a tour will rake in ;)
'The Stone Roses, one of the best-loved and most influential bands to emerge from Britain's 'Madchester' scene, announced Tuesday that they are reuniting and working on new material.
The band members, who split in 1996 after releasing two albums, said they will play two shows in their hometown of Manchester on June 29 and 30, followed by an international tour.
"Our plan is to take on the world," said singer Ian Brown as the band announced its reunion at a London news conference.
"It's not a trip down memory lane," he added. "We are doing new songs."
Formed by Brown and guitarist John Squire, the band's self-titled 1989 debut album was a huge British hit. But fans waited five years for the followup, Second Coming, and the group soon split up amid internal wrangling and legal disputes.
The band members insisted for years that they would not get back together, but Squire said he and Brown had met recently at the funeral of bass player Gary 'Mani' Mounfield's mother and "in some ways it felt like 15 years ago was yesterday."
The band's blend of rock, pop, psychedelia and dance influences made it one of the biggest acts to emerge from the 'Madchester' scene in the late '80s and early '90s in and around the northwest England city of Manchester.'
From the Guardian
'The Manchester foursome sang beautiful songs about infatuation, insurrection and the monarchy, inspired bands from Oasis to the Beta Band and changed the lives of ordinary fans. When they granted this unknown kid an interview that produced the Best Band On The Planet cover story of my Avanti! fanzine, it sold thousands around the world and gave me a major break in journalism. At their second Leeds gig of 1989 I met a girl who was with me for 17 years, but the band themselves began a very public crumble. A career-damaging hiatus ended in 1994 with the flawed but still powerful Second Coming, but band members gradually decided they weren't feeling it any more, and it felt wrong to pretend otherwise. Behind the Manchester ruffian image, they were conscientious people.
And now? None of them can need the money that much for them to risk the enduring love they inspire by blowing it again. With the Squire-Brown friendship rekindled and Reni back on drums and backing vocals, they have a point to prove: that a Third Coming can be done with dignity, and that the once-mighty Stone Roses can be The Best Band On The Planet once again.'