Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield has scotched rumours of a Stone Roses reunion.
The Sun carried the ‘news’ yesterday that The Stone Roses were getting back together, after Ian Brown and John Squire met up at bassist Mani’s mother’s funeral.
Mani confirmed the band members had gathered for his mother’s funeral but hit out at The Sun‘s version of events.
“I’m disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded. Two old friends meeting up after 15 years to pay their respects to my mother does not constitute the reformation of The Stone Roses. Please fuck off and leave it alone,” he said.
“It isn’t true and isn’t happening. It’s total fantasy island gear.”
Manchester-based Stone Roses were one of the most revered bands of the
late 1980s and early 90s, with their eponymous debut album regularly
being voted as among the greatest British releases of all time.
said in 2009 that the band would not reform in the “next three
lifetimes”, a sentiment echoed by Squire later the same year.
Fans expressed their disappointment (or glee) online.
Scottish muso Calvin Harris tweeted:
“Stone Roses reunion i saw Mani in Santa Monica yesterday, no joke, i could’ve been first 2 know but didn’t stop him he was havin fun.”
And @davidhardy art was glad it was all a hoax. “Stone Roses comeback claims rubbished by Mani – Thank Goodness!,” he tweeted.