The Stone Roses will reform with gigs lined up for later this year, if The Sun is to be believed.
The news will come as a welcome shock to fans legendary Mancurian rock’n’roll band, who have listened to frontman Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire emphatically rule out any such move since 1996.
Squire quit the band in 1996 and insults have flown back and forth between the pair.
In 2009 the guitarist famously produced a metal artwork titled Statement. The writing on the piece read: “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses, 18.3.09.”
It’s been a rocky road for the Stone Roses with a combination of bad luck, bad management and bad behaviour.
A legal battle with their label Silvertone stretched on for five years – a move which robbed fans of the band at their prime. The Stone Roses hardly earned a penny at the time –
Opinion about the reunion was split on Twitter, although it seemed the positive camp were in the majority.
@womble692 wrote: “The Stone Roses set to reunite. Good times, hopefully get some of the absoulte crap out of the charts.”
@jakemills91 was also happy: “Hearing that Ian and John are up for reforming the #stoneroses has made my day!”
But @Ross_Lawson tweeted: The Stone Roses are reforming? Great. I can be underwhelmed all over again.
@nadderly was also skeptical: “Not sure I want The Stone Roses to re-form. Never saw them live but wouldn’t like them to do anything not as good as the stuff from before.”
A source told The Sun that Brown had been considering the reunion for some time but a meeting a bandmate Mani’s mum’s funeral proved the ideal opportunity to bury the hatchet.
“A lot of water has gone under the bridge and everyone has grown up. Ian has just gone through a tough time with a divorce and then Mani’s mum’s funeral brought everyone back under the same roof.
“It was an emotional reunion. There were no harsh words. It was a heartwarming breaking of bread.”