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The Stone Roses confirm reunion and homecoming tour dates

The Stone Roses

Story by Jack Foley

THE worst kept secret in recent music history has been confirmed… The Stone Roses will reunite in 2012 and play two homecoming shows.

The original line-up – consisting of frontman Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni – announced the news at London’s Soho Hotel at 3pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 as widely predicted last week.

In doing so, they revealed plans for two homecoming gigs at Heaton Park on June 29 and 30, 2012 before embarking on an extensive world tour.

They also revealed that they are working on new material.

Brown declared: “This is a live resurrection and you’re invited, so you’d better be there!”

Tickets for the two dates go on sale at 9.30am this Friday, October 21 and further information is available from their newly launched website The Stone Roses official website

Speaking at the press conference, Brown said the band was working on new material which would be featured at the gigs, but drew the line at promising a new album, saying: “We hope so. But we said that before didn’t we?”

He did confirm that they have been rehearsing in the studio, upon which Mani added: “Something magical happens when us four are in the room together, you can’t put your finger on it. It’s just beautiful to capture it again. I’ve missed it.”

They also admitted that each of them had their own reasons for wanting to reunite, while Brown used the opportunity to criticise the current music scene, saying it was “boring, bland and corporate with nobody saying anything”.

Needless to say, fans are in raptures at the proposed second coming.