Stone Roses Tour Reunite For World Tour Next June – Are you ready? Manchester rockers The Stone Roses, who rose to fame in the late 1980s before fading almost as fast less than a decade later, have reunited for a world tour kicking off in their home town next June.
The quartet’s eponymous debut album, released in 1989, is considered one of the greatest records to come out of British rock. They produced just one more studio album, “Second Coming,” in 1994, although lead singer Ian Brown hinted that there could be a third in the works.
“We hope so, but we said that before didn’t we?” he told a London press conference on Tuesday.
When asked why the band had reformed 15 years after splitting, Brown replied: “Because I think we’re great and I think we’ve still got it and I think we’ve still got something to give to people, and I think that in times like this we can uplift people.”
The reformed group will feature what most people consider to be the core quartet — vocalist Brown, guitarist John Squire, bass player Gary “Mani” Mounfield and drummer Alan “Reni” Wren. All four were at the briefing, ending months of speculation that they would reform.
Earlier this year, Squire poured cold water on the idea and was quoted by NME music magazine as saying: “When it’s just a get-together for a big payday and everyone gets their old clothes out, that seems tragic to me.”
Seeking to explain his change of heart, he told reporters: “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 songs in a heartbeat.”I think it’s in some ways a friendship that defines us both and it needed fixing and two phone calls later the band was no longer dead.”The catalyst for their reunion was Mani’s mother’s funeral, he said.
The tour starts on June 29, 2012, with the first of two gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park. Further details of the tour have yet to be released.