What began as a rumor last week has become fact — The Stone Roses are reunited for the first time since 1996. As NME reports, Mani, Reni, John Squire and Ian Brown announced at an afternoon press conference in London that they are working on new material and will perform two homecoming shows in Manchester next summer. Tickets for the June 29th & 30th shows at Heaton Park will go on sale this Friday.
It appears the strained relationship between Brown and Squire was indeed mended at the funeral of bassist Mani’s mother earlier this year. The band began rehearsing over the summer, with “Shoot You Down” being the first song the reformed band played together. Brown called the moment “like getting your own private lapdance.”
The press conference began with “I Wanna Be Adored” and ended with “I Am The Resurrection.” Brown confirmed they’ve been approached about a reunion “two, three times a year,” but they decided to do it now because “in times like this you can uplift people.”
As for the new material the band have been working on resulting in a new album, Brown quipped “We hope so. But we said that before didn’t we?” The chances seem better that an extended tour will follow the Manchester gigs judging by Brown’s quote “We’ll ride until the wheels fall off.”
I hope to God I have the chance to see them. Outside of The Smiths, this is the one reunion I have wished for but thought I would never see. The Stone Roses formed some 31 years ago, and took the world by storm in the baggy summer of 1990. Below, check out a very early (and sped up) version of “I Wanna Be Adored” from ’85 and the same tune ten years later live from Blackpool:
If this news doesn’t excite you, then why the hell are you reading this? As the King Monkey himself said today:
“This is a live resurrection, and you’re invited, so you better be there.”
Here’s the full press conference: