After all these years The Stone Roses have gone and reformed. Who would of guessed it? For 15 years, rumours have circled around the Manchester band. Fans will be delighted to hear that Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni have put their differences behind them and announced a series of gigs in 2012. They have each removed themselves from their individual commitments to rehearse and regain the magic of the late 80s and early 90s. The band originally announced 2 gigs at Manchester Heaton Park for June 2012 and quickly added another date due to demand with more on the way.
On the resurrection, Ian Brown has been quoted saying that the band are "ready to take the world by storm". 'The Roses' were the great precursors to Britpop, part of the ‘Madchester’ scene with the ‘Happy Mondays’, ‘Inspiral Carpets’, ‘New Order’,‘808 State’ and others, a style that mixed traditional songs with acid house beats. They released only 2 albums the eponymous debut "The Stone Roses" and later "Second Coming" before splitting in 96. There most famous hits are 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'Waterfall', 'Love Spreads' and the epic 'I am the Resurrection'. Ian Brown went on to forge a successful solo career, Mani joined Primal Scream and went on to huge success with the dance infused 'Screamadelica' album while John Squire formed The Seahorses who released one album and split, Squire went onto release a couple of notable solo records.
To the present day, clearly money has been a driver in getting the Stone Roses back together. Within 14 minutes of going on sale the band sold over 150,000 tickets, it is certainly a lucrative move for all involved. So who's next to reform? Perhaps The Smiths will kiss and make up? (We doubt it). So dust off your baggy jeans and tie-die t-shirts (as if you ever threw them out?) If it rains, there will be plenty of fishing hats on sale that’s for sure. Will The Stone Roses live up to their former glories? We certainly hope so, however a nostalgic sing-a-long can make up for a lot if it isn't! Compare the prices on all of the Stone Roses tickets below from trusted primary and secondary sellers.
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