The Stone Roses announce reunion at London press conference
British rockers the Stone Roses have confirmed they are reuniting. The announcement took place today at a press conference in London, attended by all four members of the band’s classic lineup. The quartet will play two shows in their hometown of Manchester next June and then embark on a world tour.
The band released their critically acclaimed, self-titled first album in 1989. The same year the band put out the single, “Fool’s Gold,” whose melding of dance and rock would prove hugely influential on the British music scene.
The Roses then spent five years crafting their second, less enthusiastically-received collection, 1994’s Second Coming. The following year, drummer Reni left the band and guitarist John Squire followed in 1996. Singer Ian Brown and bassist Mani called it a day not long after.
As recently as 2009, Squire rejected the possibility that the band might get back together, creating a piece of art which featured the message “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester group The Stone Roses.”
You can see footage from the press conference and listen to “Fool’s Gold,” below.