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CMU Beef Of The Week #60: Mani v rumour mongerers

By | Published on Friday 8 April 2011

The Stone Roses

So, on Thursday morning rumours started circulating that the Stone Roses were set for a mega-bucks reunion.

I think the rumour started with The Sun, but a lot of people seem convinced that this time a Roses reformation might actually happen, despite John Squire once responding to a previous set of Stone Roses reunion rumours by producing a special piece of artwork that included the legend: “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses, 12.3.09”.

The latest rumours were mainly based on the fact that both Ian Brown and John Squire had attended the funeral of their former bandmate Mani’s mother recently and had managed to be in the same place at the same time without coming to blows. Having put aside past acrimony for a day, at least one gossiper seemingly jumped to the conclusion that a full blown Stone Roses reunon was now in the offing.

But within hours Mani was on the phone to the NME to confirm no such reunion was in the works, and to say he was very offended that the fact two long-term friends had both attended the funeral of his mother had been spun into made-up rumours. And probably rightly so.

Said Mani: “I’m disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded and hijacked by these nonsensical stories. Two old friends meeting up after 15 years to pay their respects to my mother does not constitute the reformation of The Stone Roses. Please fuck off and leave it alone. It isn’t true and isn’t happening”.



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