Yet again rumours are rife that Manchester icons The Stone Roses are set to reform for a series of homecoming shows.
Widespread speculation that original members Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield and Alan ‘Reni’ Wren will reunite for the first time since 1996, have been plastered all over forums and news websites for the past few days.
These were further infused by an announcement from music PR: Murray Chalmers, of a ‘very special’ press conference that will be held in London on Tuesday.
However the PR agent is giving nothing away about who or what the conference concerns.
But one wouldn’t blame any Rose’s fan for being apprehensive at the news that the baggy rock act will be resurrected, with this hearsay being just the latest in an on going saga of media rumour, followed by insistent denial by the band.
Longstanding rifts between band members, mainly childhood friends Brown and Squire have prevented any chance of rekindling one of Manchester most influential sounds.
Last time it was bassist Mani who squashed the rumours, after Brown and Squire met at his mother’s funeral stating: “I’m disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded and hijacked by these nonsensical stories.” This time estranged drummer Reni has been the only one to comment as of yet, telling NME: “Not before 9T will I wear the hat 4 the Roses again.”
In most cases though, Rose’s fans will not be getting their hopes up this time, it may be a case of seeing is believing.