There have been rumours this week that Madchester pioneer group The Stone Roses would be reforming again after Singer Ian Brown and Guitarist John Squire met up for the first time since they fell out in 1996.
Clint Boon from the Inspiral Carpets fueled the rumours by tweeting “It’s true that Ian and John met recently. It was at [ex-Stone Roses bassist] Mani’s mum’s funeral. We all went back to a pub in Failsworth. Ian and John got on great.” adding “They spent a couple of hours chatting. All very relaxed, and that. Apart from that, I know nowt else. As a friend and a fan I do hope it happens.”.
A few days later a British tabloid newspaper suggested that a reunion was possible if they could convince their former drummer Reni to get on board.
The rumours have now been squashed by bassist Mani, who said “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.” also saying “I’m disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded and hijacked by these nonsensical stories”
The Stone Roses released two albums and since their break up in 1996, Ian Brown has pursued a solo career while John Squire formed his own band, The Seahorses. Mani currently plays in Primal Scream.