Manchester Online 25th May 2005

Brown dismisses Roses reunion talk

EX-STONE Roses singer Ian Brown has denied the group will reform, despite guitarist John Squire saying this week that he planned to reunite the much-loved quartet.

In this week's issue of Manchester listings magazine City Life, Brown said: "Well, all I've got to say is, why would I do that?

"I put everything into the Roses; my whole life went in. It didn't get to where we thought it'd get to, but for the last eight or nine years, what a life I've had. I can make my own music with no barneys.

"You know, I think musically we're too far apart to get back together. If you play one of my solo albums, then play one of John's, I think we're miles apart, so I can't see how we'd got together musically now. Music's an intimate thing, and I don't know how we'd do that now."

Squire told this week's Time Out magazine that he wanted to record a "ferocious guitar record on my own and then put the Roses back together", but many pundits always believed Brown would be a stumbling block to any reunion, having enjoyed considerable success in his solo career.

Of the other former members, bass player Mani, now with Primal Scream, has always been keen, while the group's original drummer, Reni, has yet to comment on a possible reunion.

The group split for good in October 2006 (1996 actually - JSU), following a disastrous appearance at that summer's Reading Festival.

Ian Brown plays Academy 1 as part of Carling 24 Live on Saturday, May 28. Tickets are sold out. See below for more information.

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