Manchester Online 1st April 2005

Roses resurrection rumours grow

RUMOURS of a Stone Roses reunion have been rife for the last few weeks, particularly since Mani made a guest appearance at Ian Brown's Blackpool show.

But the gossip reached fever pitch today when a gig review of a supposed Stone Roses reunion gig in Manchester appeared on several internet sites.

The review, credited to Rob Johnson, claimed the Roses played a set of their classic singles at Manchester Town Hall last night for a special Granada TV programme about the band.

Johnson wrote: "the opening I Wanna Be Adored rings out like a pantomime anthem from the terraces. But hold on.

"Just as you pause to reflect how thoroughly British it all is along comes the eight minute psych-funk spectacular Fools Gold, meandering along on what are quintessential American influences; a guitar sound 'borrowed' from the depth of Electric Ladyland via Issac Hayes' Theme From Shaft which ushers in a succession of smouldering wah-wah firestorms that continue through Waterfal" and Made Of Stone finding their conclusion in I Am The Resurrection."

However, ManchesterOnline can confirm that the Town Hall reunion gig was in fact an elaborate April Fools Day story.

Another rumour - that Reni, Mani and John Squire spent yesterday evening together watching the Love gig at Manchester Academy - is also doing the rounds on the internet.

And with the twentieth anniversary of the band's debut single, So Young, almost upon us, the rumour mill looks set to continue.

William Watt

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