Forgive us for being slightly late to the party, but we’ve only just come down from the ceiling after the news last week that The Stone Roses would be playing again this summer. The band fuelled speculation of rumoured new material when posters of lemons, used on their album artwork, appeared in certain locations around their hometown of Manchester. It was then announced the band would be headlining the main stage at this summer’s T in The Park on Friday 8th July as well as two gigs at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium on the 17th and 18th June. Demand for tickets was so high that the band announced another two gigs at the Etihad stadium on the 15th and 19th June and another headline slot at Dublin’s Malay Park on the 9th July. The shows will be the first time the band has performed together since their tour in 2012, which culminated in the sell-out shows at Heaton Park.
The seminal band formed in 1983, however it wasn’t until 1989, after several member reshuffles later, and the introduction of their debut album Made Of Stone made them a household name. As their reputation grew, a series of sold out tour dates followed seeing them become one of British music’s most popular bands. Due to legal issues with their record label the band’s follow-up album The Second Coming was delayed several years. Tensions between the band turned sour during this hiatus culminating in drummer, Reni, leaving the band just weeks before the band were due to tour. John Squires later left the band in 1996, prompting Brown and Mani to dissolve the band later that year. Most fans thought that would be the last time they would hear from the band. Fast-forward to 2011 and The Stone Roses announced they were back for a world tour.
The Stone Roses transcended music and the impact they had on an entire generation can still be seen today in the world of casual fashion. The band inspired countless other musicians and are known to have influenced none other than the Gallagher brothers who apparently went on to form their own band, so we’re told. No doubt the 2016 dates will introduce their music to a whole new set of fans who will be inspired by Ian Brown’s charismatic swagger and Manni’s flawless bass riffs. It will be interesting to see how the band tops their dramatic comeback tour, or whether they make it out in one piece; they very nearly split for a second time when Reni refused to return to the stage for an encore during one of the dates on the European leg of the tour. There’s one thing for certain though, we’ll definitely be taking in one of the gigs next summer, provided we can get a ticket of course.
Let us know below if you’ve been lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket to any of their gigs.