Former Drummer, ‘Reni’ (Alan Wren to HM Revenue and Customs) sent in a short but sweet message to the NME, one of the music news outlets who had also reported on the possibility of the reunion. It simply stated:
“Not before 9T will I wear the hat 4 the roses again”
Some would suggest the message seems to refute claims, but others have suggested the message could be seen as more ambiguous. Of course, it has been a running trend of recent years, that the big groups from the 90′s and late 80′s have played reunion shows, tours, and even gone on to record new material. Just this year, Pulp took the European festivals by storm, as well as Suede and a host of other Brit Pop acts recently such as the Verve, Blur, My Bloody Valentine and Cast.
However, new revelations, as of earlier today (15/10/11) about the possibility of the reunion have emerged, with a press conference having been arranged for Tuesday by SJM Concerts; the most successful concert promoters in the country. Although the company has declined to share the name of the band involved, it has been said it is ‘a very important announcement’.
Rumours this time around have perhaps gained more weight from a rumoured meeting between Ian Brown, the lead singer, and John Squire, the guitarist, for the first time since the 1996 split. When reported, however, the fact the meeting had been at bass player Mani’s mother’s funeral, seemed to have been glossed over. At the time of the death (in early 2011), rumours were also circulating, which bass player, Mani heavily criticised for invading his own personal grief.
Both Ian Brown and Mani’s separate projects last albums were released in 2008 and 2009 respectively, both could be seen to be fully committed to their outlets, Brown with his solo material, and Mani with the ever successful Primal Scream, who it can be also be noted played a very successful tour playing the seminal album ‘Screamadelica’ just this year. John Squire has publicly stated numerous times, even on BBC’s ‘Newsnight’, that he will never play with the Stone Roses again. Squire himself has gone on to find success in his art and multimedia projects, also having said that he doesn’t even play guitar anymore, and has no interest in picking up the instrument again.
No comment has been made from any other member of the band about the reunions, aside of course from sticksman Reni. Whether or not the message can be seen as refuting the claims, or whether they are ambiguous seems to have played no part in the on-going reports that the seminal band will reform.
If it is the case that Tuesday’s press conference will be an announcement by the band of a reunion tour, it would be fair to say it would be a complete bolt from the blue. All the evidence of recent years would seem to suggest that the reunion of the Stone Roses would never happen, and despite there being constant reports of it being so, the rumours were almost always quashed immediately by the band.
Are the Stone Roses’ really on the verge of reforming? It appears that we will have to wait until Tuesday.