The Stone Roses

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The Stone Roses

I am the resurrection

The Stone Roses announced today that they will reunite in 2012. Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani, and Reni will perform two shows at Manchester's Heaton Park, on June 29 and 30. A 2012 world tour will be announced soon.

Details of the reunion are outlined at the band's website.




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The Stone Roses return triumphant and Manchester parties like it's 1989

For a few of us who, misty-eyed, remember the times when the Roses helped to make Manchester the music capital of England, there is a sense both of vindication and unease about this flashback to the halcyon days when life was all about looking forward.

"The past was yours, but the future's mine," sang Ian Brown. But walking around Manchester it's evident that this is about far more than nostalgia. There are, predictably, plenty of old ravers who, despite the middle-age spread, are still trying to perfect that swaggering simian stroll that Brown copyrighted. But there are also plenty of fans young enough to be their kids. Absence has made the public's heart grow even fonder.

Round the corner from Vinyl Revival, on the ground floor of Affleck's Palace, there used to be a shop called Identity. It was run by Leo Stanley, who sold Ian Brown his first flares and, as the city began to feel impossibly full of itself, designed a T-shirt that read "On the sixth day, God created Manchester".

"You can feel the unity," Leo told me on Friday afternoon. "The next generation is feeling it now. What a fantastic tribute to a band to be able to reach across generations. It's like 1989 again."

It's not like 1989 again, but the mood across the city is undeniably infectious.



I'm sure they're wonderful, but...

I never heard of them.



I wonder if they'll make it Toronto. Reunions and comebacks are rather hit and miss. I saw Jesus & Mary Chain's comeback show in Toronto and was disappointed. Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel fame), on the other hand, hasn't lost a beat and blew my mind when I saw him 14 years after he initially stopped playing.