The Stone Roses have confirmed a new series of dates in what might come to be known as The Fourth Coming – or A Little Too Forthcoming – Tour.
It includes two shows at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in June next year, and a headline spot at Scotland’s T In The Park.
There is also speculation that a Glastonbury slot could be in the offing, fulfilling a commitment that the band failed to keep at the time of their ill-received Second Coming album in 1995. They withdrew from the gig when John Squire fell off his bike and were replaced at the 11th hour by Pulp.
Tickets for the 2016 tour go on sale on Friday morning.
Like many Mancunians of a certain age, The Stone Roses are one of those bands that I feel I own.
The first time I saw them was in in 1987 at the tatty International I, a legendary venue which closed to make way for the Venus supermarket. That was in the weeks after the EP with Sally Cinnamon on the A-side had just been released and Mani was still to join the band. I recall a paisley-shirted Ian Brown asking if anyone in the crowd could play bass guitar.
I’m fortunate enough to have seen the band several more times, including gigs at the Hacienda and their legendary date at Spike Island. I also made it to Heaton Park for their recent comeback dates.
Ian Brown interview
I also interviewed both Ian Brown and Mani for the Manchester Evening News. At the time, exactly 10 years ago, Brown told me that if he had to choose between his two careers, his solo career or his Roses’ career, he’d choose the former. I’m guessing the answer would be different now.
Mani gave me one of those rare quotable quotes which still sticks in my mind today. When I asked how secure he was financially, and bear in mind that this was well before those lucrative comeback shows, he said: “Well, I’ll never have to dig in a skip for me tea!”
Personally, I’ve never really enjoyed seeing the Stone Roses in less intimate settings. Spike Island was windy, the stage at the Heaton Park shows felt like it was several fields away due to the oppressive crowd barriers.
However, this tour will at least be an opportunity for older fans to bring their musical memories to life for their kids.
Check the official Stone Roses site for ticket details.
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