The Stone Roses ‘set to reform for come-back tour in Britain and US’

The Stone Roses, the cult band that grew out of the ‘Madchester’ movement, are reportedly re-forming to play a comeback tour.

Reports suggest they will perform both in Britain and the United States with at least 21 of the concerts being staged on this side of the Atlantic. The news comes only months after the band’s front man Ian Brown insisted there could never be a reunion. “No chance” he said, “not in the next three lifetimes.”

Brown changed his mind following overtures from the band’s guitarist John Squire. A source said: “It’s taken a lot of time and effort to get Ian to agree but he’s really up for it. He was the sticking point throughout the proceedings, but finally relented and signed on the dotted line. There’s been a lot of speculation in the past but this is the real deal.

“The rest of the band was really up for it, especially when they realised the amount of money on the table.

“But Ian has forged a really successful solo career and wasn’t very receptive to their plans. It’s taken a while but he’s finally come around to the notion.”

The band released their second and final album, ‘Second Coming’, in 1994. However, it was their debut that won the most accolades, and even in recent years it has continued to feature highly in lists of the top 100 albums of the 21st century.