Friday 20 October 2017

Ireland, here we come, say resurrected Stone Roses

John Squire, Mani, Ian Brown and Reni confirmed that The Stone Roses will play in Ireland. Photo: Getty Images
John Squire, Mani, Ian Brown and Reni confirmed that The Stone Roses will play in Ireland. Photo: Getty Images

Ken Sweeney in London

THEY once claimed they wanted to save the world from U2.

And yesterday the Stone Roses vowed to "give it another go" after announcing they were reforming after 15 years apart -- and coming to Ireland.

The group yesterday confirmed two outdoor shows in their home town of Manchester next June.

But the hugely influential 90s indie-rock band told the Irish Independent that Ireland would then be their next port of call.

The band indicated it would start with two 75,000-capacity shows at Heaton Park, Manchester, on June 29 and 30, and a major outdoor Irish date before embarking on an "extensive" world tour.

Tickets for the Heaton Park shows go on sale on Friday.

"After Manchester, Ireland is always next on our list," said singer Ian Brown, although he didn't have any detail on where the gig will be.

However, a band source said last night the Irish gig is likely to be a one-day event such as Slane Castle or Marlay Park rather than a festival such as Oxegen.

It won't, however, be the legendary Dublin venue where they played in the late 1980s. Bassist Gary 'Mani' Mounfield said: "We'd loved to get over to Dublin and do a few shows in McGonagles."

Unfortunately, the venue, which was on South Anne Street, is no more.

The then-unknown Mancunians recalled how they had to "fight their way" out of the place after being "bottled" off stage, but had better memories of a show at Feile at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork in 1995.

"That was probably the second best show the Roses ever played. It was magical," Mani said yesterday.

Featuring Byrds-inspired guitar riffs infused with 70s funk, the Stone Roses' self-titled 1989 debut album united rock and dance music. But they later split in 1996 in acrimony, after taking five years to record the follow-up 'Second Coming'.

Yesterday the band -- famed for tracks such as 'Fool's Gold', 'I Am The Resurrection' and 'I Wanna Be Adored' -- said it was the death of Mani's mother earlier this year that was the catalyst for singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni (Alan Wren) to get back together.

"I think we're great and I think we've still got it and I think we've got something to give to people. And I think in times like this we can uplift people," said Brown.

"I've heard a few people say 'you shouldn't do it, you're going to destroy the legacy'. But that's not our intention."

The band said the reunion was not financially motivated.

When asked about their claim that they had "wanted to save the world from U2," Brown joked: "We'll give that another go."

Irish Independent

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