Manchester Evening News
1st August 2007
Brown: "I don't drink… but I would have a Starbucks with him..."
AHEAD of the release of his fifth solo LP in September iconic Manchester singer Ian Brown has once again crushed any hope of his former band reforming.
Brown (pictured at Urbis recently), who fronted seminal quartet the Stone Roses from 1984 to their split in 1996, has told weekly music magazine NME that he'd 'sooner sign on the dole than get the Roses back together'.
The 44-year-old star hasn't spoken to ex-Roses guitarist John Squire since he walked out on the band following a triumphant UK tour in April 1996 and has repeatedly dismissed hints to reform the band in the press from fellow band mates Mani, Reni and at one-time Squire himself.
Brown added: "It's not going to happen in this life or the next one.
"I haven't spoken to John in 11 years. He left me to drown but I ended up doing the butterfly."
The Warrington-born, Manchester-raised artist did leave the door open for a meeting though when asked if he'd meet Squire, now a full-time artist, for a drink though.
"I don't drink… but I would have a Starbucks with him. But only if he's buying."
Perhaps time may finally be healing old wounds.
Brown's LP, entitled The World Is Ours, hits the shops in September 24 and was recorded at London's RAK Studios.
Produced by New Yorker Emile, it is said to be the closest thing the former Roses man has made to being a hip-hop record and features former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, ex-Happy
Mondays bassist Paul Jones and ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Paul Jones and drummer Paul Cook.
Attempts to get a third bassist, a certain Sir Paul McCartney, on the record proved fruitless though.
"He had too much on," confirms Brown. "I got the impression he was flattered to be asked, but I got two Sex Pistols which is better than one Beatle!"
One high-profile artist he did manage to convince to appear on the record is outspoken Irish vocalist Sinead O'Connor.
O'Connor will sing on Illegal Attacks - the first single (released on September 17) to be lifted from the LP.
On the collaboration Brown, who has just announced a huge show at the city's Manchester Central on December 7, said: "The song's about Iraqi and Afghan wars. I needed a woman singing the line, 'Soldiers come home', to give it gravitas."
Another tracks slated to appear on the record is entitled On Track.
Ian Brown plays Manchester Central (formely G-Mex) on Friday, December 7. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 3 at 10am. £25. To book call 0870 060 1768 or click here to book online.