In response to repeated questions about The Stone Roses possibly getting back together, John Squire once declared via one of his artworks: “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses”. Despite this, the seminal Manc four piece have reunited, confirming recent rumours.
Squire, Ian Brown, Mani and Reni have announced that they will play two massive shows at Heaton Park in their hometown in June.
The shows scheduled for June 29-30 will form part of a world tour.
The band, whose eponymous 1989 debut album is widely considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time (though it sounds a bit dated now, it has to be said) have already been into a rehearsal studio to start work on the set-list for what is possibly the most hotly anticipated reunions since Blur got back together.
The Stone Roses achieved massive commercial and critical success with only two albums, the aforementioned self-titled effort and The Second Coming in 1994.
Music commentators have since waxed lyrical about how their music defined an era in British music.
The band split acrimoniously in 1996 with Squire and Brown sending each other to Coventry for an indefinite period.
But an unnamed source was reported to have said that a reunion was on the cards after the band members came together for Mani’s mother’s funeral earlier this year.
Tickets go on sale at 9.30am this Friday, October 21 from www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Let the desecration begin.