UK band Stone Roses reunite 15 years on for world tour

Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:05pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester rockers The Stone Roses, who rose to fame in the late 1980s before fading almost as fast less than a decade later, have reunited for a world tour kicking off in their home town next June.

The quartet's eponymous debut album, released in 1989, is considered one of the greatest records to come out of British rock.

They produced just one more studio album, "Second Coming," in 1994, although lead singer Ian Brown hinted that there could be a third in the works.

"We hope so, but we said that before didn't we?" he told a London press conference on Tuesday.

Asked why the band had reformed 15 years after splitting, Brown replied: "Because I think we're great and I think we've still got it and I think we've still got something to give to people, and I think that in times like this we can uplift people."

The tour starts on June 29, 2012, with the first of two gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park. Further details of the tour have yet to be released.

The reformed group will feature what most people consider to be the core quartet -- vocalist Brown, guitarist John Squire, bass player Gary "Mani" Mounfield and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren.

All four were at the briefing, ending months of speculation that they would reform.   Continued...