The original lineup of The Stone Roses — Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary “Mani” Mounfield and Alan “Reni” Wren — this morning announced they are reuniting for the first time since the mid-’90s to play two hometown concerts next June in Manchester followed by a world tour — and they’re writing new songs.
The four members appeared at a London press conference this morning (see video below) to announce the June 29 and 30 shows at Heaton Park in Manchester. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9:30 a.m. U.K. time, and full information is available on the Roses’ new website.
NME reports Brown said, “This is a live resurrection, and you’re invited, so you better be there.”
The shows will feature new Roses songs, but when asked about a new album, according to The Guardian, Brown said, “We hope so, but we said that before didn’t we?” He added: “We’ll ride this until the wheels come off, like we did last time.”
The reunion, news of which began to first slip out Friday, comes as something of a surprise given just how many times a Roses comeback has been touted over the years only to be immediately shot down by various members of the band.
The Roses’ original lineup began to fall apart after the release of 1994’s Second Coming; Reni left in March 1995 and Squire followed a year later, quitting in April 1996. The Brown and Mani soldiered on with replacement players, but, following a disastrous appearance at the Reading Festival that summer, pulled the plug on the Roses in October 1996.
The Stone Roses tour dates:
June 29: Heaton Park, Manchester, UK
June 30: Heaton Park, Manchester, UK
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