Published Oct 17, 2011The Stone Roses' long-awaited reunion has been the subject of "will they, won't they" debates for years, leading to countless false stories about the band launching a reunion. Nevertheless, the rumour mill is starting up once again, with numerous sources in the UK reporting that a reunion will be confirmed tomorrow (October 18).
There's nothing official yet, but so far here's the "evidence," which is hardly what you'd call solid.
Britain's Sun newspaper claims to have seen a text message from singer Ian Brown to a friend that read, "We are going to rule the world again. It's happening."
The paper adds that Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder -- a fellow veteran of the Madchester scene -- said, "It has been coming for a while." What's more, Elbow's Guy Garvey allegedly said that the band had been rehearsing over the summer.
This corroborates a report from Stone Roses scribe John Robb (who penned 1996's The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop), who claimed to have received a similar text from Brown [via Louder Than War]. He wrote that the band would be playing shows in addition to writing new material for a possible new album.
These reports follow the news that the Stone Roses have an authorized biography on the way. The band will apparently be hosting a press conference tomorrow (October 18). If the various reports are true, then the band will be making their reunion official then.
Perhaps the most -- and really only -- compelling piece of evidence is that, despite the fact that rumours have been swirling since last week, there has been no official statement from the band. Well, except for drummer Reni, who reportedly contacted NME to say, "Not before 9T will I wear the hat 4 the Roses again."
And then there's bassist Mani, who told the same magazine back in the spring, "Please fuck off and leave it alone. It isn't true and isn't happening."
In other words, you might want to hold off on digging that bucket hat out of store until the band confirm this one way or the other.