Thursday 19 September 2019

Are the Stone Roses about to announce a new album?

Resurrected: The Stones Rose reformed and played the Phoenix Park in 2012
Resurrected: The Stones Rose reformed and played the Phoenix Park in 2012
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Speculation is building that The Stone Roses will announce a new album and tour this afternoon, after posters of their iconic lemon logo mysteriously appeared overnight all over Manchester this morning.

The band reformed for three huge concerts in 2012 in Manchester’s Heaton Park, followed by a world tour that included large open air shows in Dublin and Belfast.

The Stone Roses formed in Manchester in 1983. They became one of the biggest and most influential bands of the late 80s and early 90s. Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has said they were the first band he saw live.

“I bought a ticket for a tenner, went in, had a couple of beers, had a couple of joints, went down the front and checked it out,” Gallager once said. “Ian Brown singing 'I Wanna Be Adored' just blew my mind. I went home and convinced me Mam that that's what I was gonna do.”

The Stone Roses released their self-titled debut album in 1989. Many fans and commentators deem it to be the best album of all time, including Irish Independent columnist David McWilliams, who chose it when picking his favourite albums on TXFM. Listeners to TXFM also voted The Stone Roses debut to be the greatest album of all time.

They released a follow up album, Second Coming, in 1994. The Roses headlined the last three day Féile event in Pairc Ui Chúimh, Cork in 1995. The band split acrimoniously in 1996.

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown
Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown

Last week on Soccer AM, Noel Gallagher was asked if he had "any idea what's going on with the Roses”. Gallagher replied: ”Yes. I know exactly what's going on. They’re blooming."

A PR spokesperson for The Stone Roses has not responded for comment.

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