Rumour Mill: Stone Roses to reform?
"It's happening." Today, apparently...
With NME reporting that “A major music PR has called a press conference in London on Tuesday to make a "very important announcement", without stating which band or musician it relates to,” and said PR refusing to name names, The Sun went ahead and claimed it was the Roses.
They’d floated the possibility earlier in the year, when it reported that singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, who reportedly hadn’t spoken for 15 years, had “buried the hatchet” after attending bassist Mani’s mum’s funeral, and that a “megabucks reunion” was on the cards.
This morning though, The Sun is at it again – with Brown’s magician friend Dynamo showing the paper a text from the frontman, confirming: "We are going to rule the world again. It's happening."
Drummer Reni also joined in, sending NME a cryptic message, saying: "Not before 9T will I wear the hat 4 the Roses again." This was taken for a denial, but we’re thinking: 9am Tuesday? Maybe?
A lot of words will need to be eaten before then though: Two years ago, the Daily Record said the band would reform for gigs around the 20th Anniversary of their revered self-titled debut album. Brown was said to have blocked the reunion, declaring to The Guardian: "No chance... not in the next three lifetimes."
Squire dismissed that talk as “unfounded”, and then even made a metal artwork, which stated "I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses, 18.3.09", which was auctioned at Christie's. Maybe there was some small print?
He was quoted in NME as saying: "When it's just a get-together for a big payday and everyone gets their old clothes out, that seems tragic to me... I hear rumours, but no-one ever phones me and says 'Will you do it for this amount?'" Clearly now, someone’s put in a call.
The Sun also claims that the centrepiece of the reunion tour will be two homecoming shows in Manchester’s Heaton Park.
With the band's plans still uncertain for now, there's no festival dates as yet - and with no Glastonbury next year, we reckon Isle Of Wight, V, T in the Park, Wireless, Hard Rock Calling and Hop Farm will be watching developments with interest. Unless they want to make up for their half-band Reading '96 debacle?