Two years after the last big swell of rumors, reports of an impending reunion of The Stone Roses once again are flying, thanks to a U.K. tabloid’s claim the band is “getting back together after Ian Brown and John Squire buried the hatchet on one of the most bitter feuds in rock ‘n’ roll history.”
The Sun, in today’s edition, reports that the famously feuding Brown and Squire — whose rift in the mid-’90s led to the collapse of the Roses — patched things up after attending the funeral of Gary “Mani” Mounfield’s mother and that the “megabucks reunion is now being lined up to happen later in the year” — so long as they can convince the reclusive Alan “Reni” Wren to man the drums once again.
The tabloid quotes an anonymous source:
“Ian has been mulling over reaching out to John for a while now. 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. They had a lot to catch up on and have been in regular contact since.”
Whether there’s any truth at all to the newspaper’s report remains to be seen. In March 2009, London’s Daily Mirror reported that the Roses would reunite for “at least 21 gigs” in the U.K. and a slot at the Coachella festival to celebrate that year’s 20th anniversary of the band’s classic debut. Within days, both Brown and Squire — the latter via a piece of his own artwork — denied the reports.
UPDATE: Mani already has moved to quash the report, telling the NME today: “I’m disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded and hijacked by these nonsensical stories,” he said, referring to the fact that Brown and Squire met up at his mother’s funeral. 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. It isn’t true and isn’t happening.”
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