24th December 2005 Just a quick note to say that the forum is not closed or missing or anything... it's just down at the moment due to the changeover/upgrade of software which is being carried out by the hosts at hyperboards.com... apologies for any and all inconveniences but it's been totally out of my hands... hopefully it should be back up very soon... Merry Christmas y'all.
24th December 2005 Well, Christmas is upon us yet again! I'd just like to take the opportunity of thanking everyone for all the visits, support and contributions over the last 3 and a half years! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. I'm sure I'm not alone in the fact that I can't wait to hear some Squire related news. 2005 was possibly Ian Brown's 'Greatest' year to date, touring the world and putting out his Greatest Hits and I'm sure he won't stop for 2006. Let's hope we hear more from all 4 Roses, either individually or collectively!
23rd December 2005 Andy Watts has just opened his own MySpace thang... they seem to be quite popular these days... check it out, he's got some different tracks there than on the site... couple of beautiful new recordings 'Father's Footsteps' and 'Unsung' that will make even the toughtest amongst you teary-eyed and chewing on yer bottom lip. If you're on there yourself, add him as a 'friend' and tell him he's great. Click here to visit.
12th December 2005 Ian Brown's 'Greatest Promos' DVD is finally out today. It features all single promo videos from 'My Star' to 'All Ablaze' and including the two UNKLE collaboration tracks, all in never-before released full-screen, high quality with interactive menus, etc. Order it from Amazon.co.uk. For the full tracklisting, click here.
2nd December 2005 According to BBC News, the Warchild auction has now taken place (already?!) and the John Squire piece fetched £6,000 for the charity while the two Hurst pieces went for a more modest £2,000 each. Overall, the sale at the Proud Gallery in London made a total of £15,000. More info, available here.
1st December 2005 John Squire is to donate the artwork that he created for the cover of this year's Warchild album, 'Help: A Day In The Life Of' for an auction for the charity. Others artworks are to be donated by two members of Maximo Park and Turner Prize winner, Damien Hirst. BBC News covers the story with a small article, available here.
28th November 2005 Well, a top night was had by all last night at the Ian Brown gig at the Brixton Academy, with guest appearances from Aziz and (guest bass) by Happy Monday's man Paul Ryder and 'The Greatest' Ian Brown songs to date it was an amazing night from start to finish. I've given it a write up, which you can read here along with a full set-list.
26th November 2005 In a bid to get you all to come back to the JSU/Whispers forums (or to entice you to sign up if you've not yet made the trip), I've re-opened JSU Members Only section, which is packed with rarer stuff that you'll have a job finding elsewhere. I am also looking into ways of rewarding our more regular regulars even further... more info on that to come.
Brownie's just completing his busiest year but he's still busy on his tour and we'd love to hear from you if you've been to any of his recent gigs, share your reviews/sets/photos. Visit JSU/Whispers forums.
24th November 2005 Happy 43rd Birthday, Mr. John Squire. 2005's been a fairly quiet year for John, only popping his head up to show off a few of his latest artworks in a couple of interviews and letting us know that his plans include recording a (third studio) ferocious guitar album, working on putting the Roses back together and "To become the World's greatest living painter and musician." Let's hope he returns to us soon in 2006 and fulfils them all!
24th November 2005 You can now preorder Ian Brown's forthcoming DVD, 'The Greatest Promos' (out 5th December) from the following sources: Amazon.co.uk and HMV.co.uk. For the full tracklisting, click here.
22nd November 2005 BBC Entertainment News reports on late night's halted Newcastle Academy gig. Speaking to the organisers, they said "it was simply a safety precaution as there was no danger the floor would collapse during the concert on Monday night.". They say they are talking to Ian Brown about the possibility of re-scheduling the date where original tickets will be valid or refunds offered to those who can't attend, they said refunds would definitely be offered if they can't rearrange it. To read the full article, click here.
22nd November 2005 Last night's Ian Brown gig at the Newcastle Academy was stopped five songs in and the crowd was evacuated. It seems that part of the floor had started to drop causing safety concerns and the decision to end the set came during Ian's performance of 'Set My Baby Free'. Eye witnesses claim that the floor was taking a battering as the place errupted to the Stone Roses tunes 'I Wanna Be Adored' and 'Made Of Stone'. Ian played 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'Made Of Stone', 'All Ablaze', 'Dolphins Were Monkeys', 'Whispers' and was interrupted during 'Set My Baby Free' when the crowd were asked to leave the venue. That setlist and all other recent confirmed setlists added to the Gigography.
21st November 2005 Manchester Online provide the lastest Ian Brown interview. It is an insightful look into his career as it stands at the moment. Ian chats about he is not "as nostaglic" about the Roses as his fans, his two album extended record deal and how he might revisit the stlye of 'F.E.A.R.' for his fifth studio album sound. To read the full interview, click here.
17th November 2005 In anticipation of increased demand for Christmas Johnsquireart.com are opening their studio in Hammersmith on Saturday 3rd December for you to view, purchase and collect prints. As an added incentive, the first 20 customers on the day will receive an exclusive signed A4 print of 'Man With A Bloody Nose', one of John's latest works. In addition there will be a very limited selection of returned prints on offer at a 30-50% discount. Full information is available on johnsquirert.com.
17th November 2005 Thanks to Aesthetica Magazine, I can now share the full John Squire art/music interview as featured in their July-Sept Issue 10. John talks about his new artwork, his inspirations and favourite works, etc. Click here to read the full article. Aesthetica Magazine issue 11 is out now.
17th November 2005 Andy Watts announces three new dates. He is to play the Ivy House, Stuart Road, London, SE15 on Wednesday 23rd November, The Borderline (supporting Batchelor Jack), Orange Yard, Mannette Street, W1 on Friday 9th December and the Ivy House again on Wednesday 14th December. Full details available on his website.
14th November 2005 Finally got to listen in on Mani's 'Manic Mondays' show tonight. The sweet, fanastic playlist included Primal Scream's 'Star', Mr. Brown's classic tune 'F.E.A.R.' (and later 'All Ablaze'). Mani also managed to squeeze in a bit of Fools Gold, followed by 'Voodoo Ray' and Young MC's 'Know How', the set was also jam-packed full of New Order/Joy Division/Clash and everything you need on a cold Monday evening (I even managed to get a shout out from the man on the text!) Can't wait for next week's show, tune into Revolution 96.2 every Monday 6pm-10pm for Mani's Manic Monday.
12th November 2005 The Yards announce 3 last dates for 2005. Chris Helme and keys man John Hargreaves will perform an acoustic set at Orchard, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W10 on Tuesday 29th November Tickets on the door: Free before 8pm, £5 after 8pm. A full Yards set at Blakey Ridge on Thursday 8th December and The Yards with Hayley Hutchinson at The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaretís Church, Walmgate, YORK. YO1 9TL on Friday 16th December. Full details available on their website.
9th November 2005 Primal Scream have confirmed that their new album (as yet untitled) is set for release February 2006. It will be their first studio album since the 2002 release of Evil Heat. The band have also confirmed a last, one-off date for 2005 at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on 6th December where they will be debuting new material. In other news Mani secures a regular DJ slot on Revolution 96.2, you can listen in every Monday 6pm-10pm for Mani's Manic Monday.
5th November 2005 I finally got hold of the re-issue 'Sally Cinnamon' package so I thought I'd give it a quick write up, find it here.
3rd November 2005 New section added to site. I just realised that it was an area that was missing from the site, so here it is, a comprehensive Chart Positions guide for The Stone Roses, Ian Brown, John Squire and Seahorses' singles and album releases, find it here.
1st November 2005 According to the Official Ian Brown site, the DVD that was scheduled for sometime in 2006, will now be available just in time to make our Xmas lists (as a mandatory item for loved ones to purchase). It's set for release on 5th December 2005 and features all of his Single Promo Videos as well as some extra TV Appearances. Click here for the full tracklisting.
31st October 2005 The re-issue 'Sally Cinnamon' package is released today. The 2-Disc CD/DVD features the contraversal promo video along with 'new' colour artwork, booklet and A3 poster.
27th October 2005 Ian Brown has announced details of an Australian 2006 tour. He is set to play Perth Southbound Festival (2nd January 2006), Brisbane Tivoli (4th Jan), Sydney The Metro (5th Jan) and Melbourne The Forum (8th Jan).
27th October 2005 Andy Watts unveils a brand new website featuring photos of recent gigs, all upcoming gig dates (TBA) and a generous selection of his latest songs including, 'My Own Time', 'No Father Found', 'Sun Cries In The Sky' and long-time fave 'UR Not Known'. Available to download (for a limited time) is his brand new song 'Rhapsody Of Light' which Andy was commissioned to write by an independent producer for an upcoming Radio 4 documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bohemian Rhapsody. The half hour programme will be aired on Sat 29 Oct at 10.30am on Radio 4.
26th October 2005 Thanks to all that have signed the John Squire petition so far, we've just passed the 100 mark, which I'm happy with... it'd be great to have some more, if you've yet to sign up, feel free to read up on it whilst listening to the sublime Fools Gold as performed by John Squire at the Fuji Festival (2003), you can find that here, or you can go straight to the petition.
25th October 2005 The 88s have set up a myspace.com page where you can listen to both new tracks 'Longtime' and 'Stars'. Visit their myspace.com page or the88s.co.uk to visit their official site. They are also playing O'Henrys in Glasgow on the 29th October, The Barfly (Glasgow) on the 12th November and Bastille Tavern (also in Glasgow) on the 27th November, so anyone in the Glasgow area, should definitely go along for a listen.
20th October 2005 Cheapest source found for the re-issue 'Sally Cinnamon' package, released 31st October. HMV.co.uk are currently offering it for £5.99 (which is the cheapest I have seen it so far) and at the moment they are offering free postage on everything, so that's all you'll pay, I doubt you'll find it cheaper online.
18th October 2005 A reminder that voting is now open for the www.festivalawards.com festival awards. As previously reported Ian Brown is up for the Best Festival Feel-Good Act and also Most Memorable Festival Moment (described on-site as..."Ian Brown opens his summer festival sets with classic Stone Roses songs.") Click here to go straight to the voting which is open until Monday 7th November.
18th October 2005 I'd like to introduce you to The 88s, some of you more regular regulars might have heard me talk about them already. They've been together a while now, the frontman is David McKellar was also the lead vocalist in the short-lived The Rising with Paul Banks (ex-Shed Seven, ex-Yards) on guitar, Stu Fletcher (ex-Seahorses, currently on the books with The Yards and The Dukes) on bass and Maxi (currently with Ian Brown) on drums; although they put together at least 2 EPs of really strong tunes, these remain largely unheard.
The 88s have got a new 2 track CD available from their website which features the brand new, high-energy tune 'Longtime' (which you can listen to online) and is backed with the persuasively catchy 'Stars'. They are also playing O'Henrys in Glasgow on the 29th October and The Barfly (also in Glasgow) on the 12th November, so anyone in the Glasgow area, should definitely go along for a listen. Thanks go out to David for sending me the CD and a couple of work in progress which are promising to be another couple of quality tunes.
13th October 2005 Following on from some conversations on the JSU forums, we've decided that we'd love John Squire to return to us with his 'Ferocious Guitar' 3rd solo album with the B-side off the first single to be a bang-up studio version of 'Fools Gold'. So, just for a laugh and to see how far it gets (never done one before), I've see up an online petition for you to sign if you want to participate. I've set up a page with all the info and the John Squire Fools Gold live at the Fuji Festival 2003 (which inspired the whole thing), which you can find here, or you can go straight to the petition.
To follow this up I'm going to try and get as many people involved as I can and have created a signature banner for you to use on forums, etc (found on the info page) and I will be emailing other webmasters and posting the info on other boards and will contact John's people to let them know our intentions. At the end of the day, it's just intended to be a harmless bit of fun, but let's see how far it goes!
11th October 2005 According to the Official Ian Brown site, Ian has been short-listed for the UK Festival Awards 2005 in the category of: 'Festival Feel Good' award. The awards will be voted for online by the general public on www.festivalawards.com over a three week period from Monday 17 October. Shortly after voting closes on Monday 7 November, the winners will be announced and presented with their trophies.
5th October 2005 Just a quick update on the re-issue 'Sally Cinnamon' package, I read on another retailer site that it will come with a 12-page colour booklet. The picture below is the confirmed 'new' colour artwork as previously reported.
2nd October 2005 There's a nice little article in today's (Scottish) Sunday Mail with Mani restating that he's still on a mission to resurrect the Roses and that him, Reni and John are all up for recording new material at some point. Click here to read the article.
29th September 2005 A bit more info came this morning in an email from Head of A&R/PR, Peter Black... "With regard to the Stone Roses 'Sally Cinnamon' re-issue. The package features Disc 1, the three single tracks plus the 12" version of 'Sally'. Disc 2 is a dvd of the controversial video for 'Sally Cinnamon'. The package features new colour artwork based upon the original sleeve and each copy has a free double-sided A3 collectors poster. XD636 will be released on October 31st on Black Records thru Universal".
29th September 2005 I thought it was working noting (as I just remembered in time) that it's 20 years ago this month that The Stone Roses released their debut single 'So Young' on ThinLine Records 12" in Manchester. The single was backed with 'Tell Me' and was far removed from the classic Roses sound that we all know and love. If you've still to hear these songs then I recommend you hunt them out (they are available on the Silvertone 1995 release, 'The Complete Stone Roses'. The 12" was limited to 1,200 copies and is now a highly priced possession in most Roses collector's record boxes, still reaching prices between £70-£100.
27th September 2005 It seems that The Stone Roses debut 'The Stone Roses' is not the only release due to benefit from the release of Ian Brown's 'The Greatest' package ('The Stone Roses' shooting back up the UK charts to a respectable #19). It seems old record company Revolver Records is about to re-release one-time single 'Sally Cinnamon', again, this time the company plans to re-release it as a DVD single, featuring the same 4-track line-up and its former releases but also featuring a video. And as I doubt they would have invested more cash to remake it, it will be the low-budget original video which was originally met with controversy amongst the Roses.
No doubt it is an opportune time for them as not only has Ian Brown generated a lot of Roses rumours with the release of his Greatest Hits but 'Sally Cinnamon' has been on his set-list of many of his gigs this year and last. Amazon.co.uk are taking pre-orders for the single but gives little info, other than the tracklisting and a release date of 17th October 2005.
27th September 2005 After posting the above news piece, I decided to dig out the original NME article (from Feburary 1990) which detailed what happened the first time Revolver Records re-released 'Sally Cinnamon' (alongside that video) to cash in on The Stone Roses success after leaving their label and signing to Silvertone. Yes, it was the now-legendary 'attack' involving several tins of blue and white paint, a Mercedes, Revolver Boss & girlfriend as well as the inside of the offices ending in a damage bill in excess of £10,000. Click here to read the article.
25th September 2005 'The Greatest' enters the UK Top 40 albums at #5. Not only that but it also must've prompted folk to check out his backcatalogue as The Stone Roses ('The Stone Roses') re-entered the charts (again) at #19.
23rd September 2005 Listen again to last night's BBC Radio 2's Janice Long show with The Yards. There's an interview throughout and the band perform new track 'Last High' and album track 'Superhuman'. The Yards are on from 30mins so you'll have to fast forward a bit, only available for the next 6 days. Click here to listen again to the interview/session.
23rd September 2005 There's quite a big interview with Ian Brown on The Guardian site today. It covers a lot of the same ground as a lot of the other recent interviews (and there's been plenty) but some nice info about early Ian & John and a bit more insight into their relationship past and present. Click here to read the article.
23rd September 2005 A big feature in the NME this week is a look back at the historical musical event that was The Stone Roses at Spike Island. Click here to read the article. In other news Surprisingly Good Events are planning to put on Spike Island 2006 with a number of artists and as the event is scheduled to start on the exact 16th anniversary of the Stone Roses event, they have of course started speculation that Ian Brown might "be tempted into a nostalgic appearance". There are two articles, one from WidnesWorld and one from the Liverpool Daily Post.
22nd September 2005 The briefest John Squire update - Just had an email back from a man in the know at the JS site informing us that he has spoken to John in the last few weeks and confirms that John is busy writing his new album - he has even stopped working on any new artworks to concerntrate on this.
Obviously at this time it's not known when work will be complete but we've all waited this long... hopefully just reading that it's on its way and just a matter of time should have you drawling for more... I recommend a short period of reflection with either 'Time Changes Everything' or 'Marshall's House' on in the background.
On the site front - they hope to completely redesign JohnSquire.com, adding a comprehensive art section to accommodate his more recents moves into the art world and this would no doubt co-incide with his 3rd LP campaign.
22nd September 2005 There's a small articles in the NME this week. They speak to Colin O'Toole, the director of the video for 'All Ablaze' and some of the ideas behind it all. Click here to read the article.
20th September 2005 The Offical Ian Brown site announces 4 dates for Ireland as part of the Greatest Hits tour. Ian will play Dublin Ambassador Theatre (Mon 5th Dec, Tue 6th & Wed 7th) and The Ulster Hall in Belfast (Fri 9th). Tickets go on sale 24th September, the dates have been added to the Gigs section.
20th September 2005 The Yards' Radio2XS Barn Session is to be broadcast this weekend (Sat 24th at 12pm and Sun 25th at 10pm). The Yards played a set of 5 songs, including two new songs 'Last High' and 'Talk In Tongues'. To visit the Radio2XS website, click here where they have an short introductory to the band video.
20th September 2005 As previously reported, The Yards' bass-man Stu Fletcher has joined another band with ex-Shed Seven front man Rick Witter called The Dukes. They have launched their own website, which at the moment is limited to their forthcoming Scottish tour dates but will no doubt be expanded on in time. To visit their website, click here.
19th September 2005 After a couple of minor set-backs and date changes, Ian Brown finally releases his Greatest Hits package... 'The Greatest' today. Featuring all his singles to date and featuring new versions, new tracks and a bonus disc (Deluxe Edition) of extra sublime Brownie moments presented in a hard back book format. Click here to order the Deluxe Edition.
19th September 2005 Just uploaded the latest batch of Ian Brown related articles and interviews, including interviews with The Sun, Record Collector, MusicOMH.com, BBC MCR, Manchester Online and Clash Magazine and a couple of reviews 'The Greatest'. More to follow, hopefully. Click here to read all the new articles.
12th September 2005 Andy Watts played another sublime set last Friday evening (well two actually). Sadly due to public transport problems I completely missed his first set but he was obviously in the mood for more and managed to get back onstage later and ended up playing another full 45 min set! New songs included "No Father Found", "Sun Cries In The Sky", "Born Of Stars" (which all featured on his latest 'Home Recordings' CD) as well as some more classic Watts moments. Click here for some photos of said second set.
12th September 2005 The Yards' bass-man Stu Fletcher has joined another band with ex-Shed Seven front man Rick Witter called The Dukes. They are due to play some dates in Scotland soon and their setlist will include newly written material as well as some Shed Seven classics, so no doubt that'll be worth seeing. The full Dukes line-up is: Rick Witter - vocals, Rob Wilson on guitar, Stuart Fletcher on bass, and Matt Lunn (ex-Colour of Fire) on drums.
Stu is also still concerntrating on The Yards, he told JSU: "(we'll) soon have the second album finished (9 tracks complete and 4 - 5 work in progress)".
12th September 2005 According to the Official Ian Brown site, Ian Brown is now a proud sponsor of London based footie squad Chiswick Homefields FC for the 2005/06 Season. The team play in Division 1 of the London Commercial Division and have apparently been promoted on 6 consecutive seasons from their formation. The team's navy kit gets the IB treatment, which will no doubt be the envy of all CHFC & Ian Brown fans alike! Visit www.chiswickhomefields.com to check on their progress throughout the season.
12th September 2005 Ian Brown's 'The Greatest' was due for release today but as previously reported, it was put back a week due to a slight error in production. So those, perplexed by its non-appearance on the shelves, F.E.A.R. not, 'The Greatest' will be released in all its splendour next Monday (19th September).
8th September 2005 The recording process has started for the Warchild compilation 'Help - A Day In The Life'. At noon today bands (including Mercury Prize winner Antony (of the Johnsons), Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, The Manics, Keane, Razorlight, Mylo, The Zutons, The Coral, Elbow, and Damien Rice) began to enter the studios to record tracks for the fastest ever recorded and released album. The album will be completed in the next 24 hours and available to download on warchildmusic.com at 2pm tomorrow. In the meantime they've revealed the John Squire designed artwork that will accompany the CD version (which will be released shortly after).
7th September 2005 JSU Exclusive - I have just made the full gig at The Exit Festival, Serbia (from August 2005) available to watch. This is audience filmed but very good quality footage, too good to leave sitting in the JSU archives, I hope you all enjoy this one. Includes videos of 'Love Like A Fountain', 'Submission', 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'F.E.A.R.' and many more. Click here to watch the full gig.
6th September 2005 Previous rumours of a collaboration between the three finest Manchester bassists - our Mani, Peter Hook (New Order) and Andy Rourke (ex-The Smiths) and singer Matt Clayson suddenly seems more genuine after a bit of researching today. Indeed we may actually get to hear the fruits of their subsequent sessions. WorldInMotion.net caught up with singer Matt Clayson at a New Order gig and was told, "The last bit of Freebass recording was in July last year (2004) and we have gotten to the stage where I have sang on around 10 out of 18 demo tracks. All of the tracks were previously recorded by Hooky, Mani and Rourkey and it was up to me to come up with melodies and lyrics". Click here to read the full piece.
6th September 2005 I can finally share the full United We Stand interview with John Squire from December 2004. John talks about Football, obviously! His art prints, music and jokes about dropping himself from his label. Huge thanks go to Owen (Sugar) who gave up plenty of his time typing up this big interview! Click here to read the full interview.
6th September 2005 There's a small snippet in The Sun today about Brownie slating Mani's pick of the Class '04 - Kasabian. Click here to read the article.
5th September 2005 I've just uploaded a large batch of video footage and photos of Glastonbury and Eden Sessions '05 by regular Adam H (Ad7) so huge thanks go out to him for sending them in. Clips include 'All Ablaze', 'Love Like A Fountain', Ian talking to the crowd, 'Longsight M13', 'Elizabeth My Dear', 'Made Of Stone' and many more! Click here to view them all.
4th September 2005 There's a small piece on ContactMusic.com that reports Ian Brown has turned down a $1.8 Million (£1 Million) deal to reform the Roses for a tour. The rest of the band were also approached. Click here to read the article. In other news, it is reported that Ian has already started working on a fifth studio album and has signed a further two year contract with Fiction Records.
3rd September 2005 As Ian Brown's 'The Greatest' is due out in just over a week, I thought it'd be great to look back at some Vintage Brownie moments so I've uploaded a huge batch of Ian's early TV appearances including his first solo appearance on Top Of The Pops (My Star), performing 'Can't See Me' on TFI Friday, 'Dolphins Were Monkeys' on The Priory and many more... find them all in the Ian Brown Whispers Audio/Video section.
2nd September 2005 Very small piece from Gigwise.com confirming Ian Brown's plans for a 5th studio album to be released in 2006. Click here to read the article.
1st September 2005 JSU is 3, yes, another 12 months has flown past (and now it's 3 years since I first launched the site) and it's time for me to thank everyone for your visits (otherwise I'd be here on my own), emails and contributions to the site. I've been a bit busy this time with other projects, etc, but I've managed to find the time to upload another exclusive John Squire gig from King Tut's, Glasgow 7th February 2004. It's not brilliant quality but it's another Marshall's House-era recording which are pretty scarce. Thanks go out to Stuart for sending me the original recording. I've also given both JSU and IB Whispers sites a bit of a tidy up/new look which should be to your liking. Click here to hear the live recording.
31st August 2005 As promised, JSU reviews Ian Brown's forthcoming greatest hits 'The Greatest' (released on Fiction on 12th September), thanks to the kind folks at ianbrown.co.uk who managed to sort out an advance copy for review. Click here to read the review.
31st August 2005 'All Ablaze' is released next Monday (5th September) and will be released on Limited Clear 7" (very smart) backed with 'Destiny Or Circumstance' live from Brixton and on Maxi CD also receiving 'The Sweet Fantastic' live from Brixton and the 'All Ablaze' video. The single will only be available for one week in the shops before deletion, so make sure you order your 7" if you can't get it in shops near you, HMV are offering both formats for £5 (+p&p).
30th August 2005 The Official Ian Brown website has just launched a brand new look to coincide with the launch of Ian Brown's best of album 'The Greatest' which is to be released 12th September (with new single 'All Ablaze' released a week before - 5th September). To go explore the new site, click here.
25th August 2005 As previously mentioned Aesthetica Magazine's latest issue features an in depth interview with John Squire, featured his artwork piece 'GTR' as their cover and gave a look at 6 brand new 2005 John Squire pieces. The wonderfully varied six new pieces (pictured below) certainly seem to be a move (even further) away from John's previous cover art/music inspired pieces (and closer to mainstream art) with John Squire describing his own artistic career as "Emerging at a glacial pace from the straight-jacket of homage and plagiarism"... all new art pieces have been added to my John Squire Artwork gallery (as well as lots of new pictures for existing artwork and finally a picture of the Squire-custom toaster that was on display at his 2004 exhibitions!)
To read the full interview check out the Aesthetica website for places to buy Issue 10 of their magazine. Click here to explore the John Squire Gallery.
24th August 2005 As interest is winding down now and it's been taking up a far bit much of my time... I've decided to only make the JSU - John Squire Unofficial DVD - 'Other Men's Flowers' available until the end of the August, so if anybody is still after one, I ask you to contact me soon to avoid disappointment. Click here for the full tracklisting and details. Please email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reminder that this is not an official release, but something I have put together for my fellow fans and all revenue raised from this covers the cost of the project with any excess going towards my hosting costs.
24th August 2005 Andy Watts announces three new dates at the 12 Bar Club venue on Denmark Street in London WC2. He plays this Friday 26th August, then the following two fridays (2nd September and 9th September). Nearest tube Tottenham Court Road tel:020 7916 6989. Andy should be onstage around 8.15pm at each date. Click here to read a previous review of Andy at the 12 Bar (and some pictures). Andy has also put together a CD (5 or 6 tracks) of newly recorded material which will only be available at the 9th September gig and of course, will no doubt be up to his usual standard.
20th August 2005 JSU reviews Ian Brown's forthcoming single 'All Ablaze' (released on Fiction on 5th September), review of 'The Greatest' to follow very soon. Click here to read the review.
19th August 2005 Here's a summary of all new Ian Brown live dates... Ian, of course plays the V Festival this weekend (parts of it should be shown on E4). Ian is also heading for China for the headline slot at Beijing's Pop Festival 10th September, he's also down for 4 or 5 dates in Spain (to be confirmed) in November (most likely at Bilbao, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona), there's also an extra date (19th November) at the Glasgow Academy and an extra date pencilled in for Brixton, London in December (TBC). Ian has also been confirmed for Nottingham's Rock City on Wednesday 23rd November. Click here for the full gigography.
19th August 2005 I've added loads of items to The Definitive Stone Roses Discography in recent months, including a very rare 'Time Changes Everything' Japan promo cassette and promo sampler (featuring unmastered mixes), the 3 Simply Vinyl Stone Roses 2005 12"s (Fools Gold, Remixes EP1 and She Bangs The Drums, a signed Seahorses Love Is The Law 7" Ian Brown My Star Company CDR, Solarized US CD, Corpses Promo Harmonica and All Ablaze UK CD Promo and a Full 2004 Yards Unmastered Promo CDR and many, many more. Click here to view the entire Stone Roses Discography and here for a list of all the recent additions.
11th August 2005 XFM confirms that John Squire has once again been asked to take care of the artwork for the forthcoming Warchild compilation album 'HELP - A Day In The Life'. To read the full article click here.
10th August 2005 Music news site The-Raft.com reports that John Squire has once again been asked to take care of the artwork for another forthcoming Warchild compilation album (though this has not been confirmed by either John Squire or Warchild at time of writing). The forthcoming compilation is a 10th anniversary follow-up to the 1995 CD 'HELP' which featured the live in the studio version of 'Love Spreads' that The Stone Roses for the charity project. 'HELP - A Day In The Life' is set to feature brand new songs from artists including Radiohead and Bloc Party.
10th August 2005 Aesthetica Magazine's lastest issue contains an interview with John Squire and features his artwork piece 'GTR' on the front cover. More details to follow soon but their website promises an interview (based on his artwork) and "never-before-seen" artwork, so hopefully that'll include his most recent works. Click here to purchase the latest issue (10).
10th August 2005 The Yards announce 3 new dates for August/September. They head for the Beached Festival, Scarborough on Sunday 21st August - which is a FREE gig. They also play Rendition at The Neighbourhood, London on Wednesday 7th September - tickets are £5.50 advance/£6 door and The Boardwalk in Sheffield on Tuesday 27th September - tickets are £5/advance.
5th August 2005 I have just found a great retailer - CD Universe that you can order all the Ian Brown US back catalogue from... including the forthcoming 'The Greatest' (Deluxe edition) at the extreme value price of $12.59 (plus shipping - very reasonable for Air Mail) with is about £7!.
The Greatest (US Deluxe) - Same as UK tracklisting $12.59/£7. Unfinished Monkey Business - Koch Records - US release 26/07/05 $11.19/£6.30 - Features 2 Bonus 'Can't See Me' and all three promo videos (My Star, Corpses & Can't See Me). Golden Greats - Koch Records - US release 26/07/05 $11.19/£6.30 - Features 5 bonus tracks (DWM single version & UNKLE Vs South remix, Billie Jean, Thriller, LLAF (Scourge of the Earth mix). Music Of The Spheres - Koch Records - US release 26/07/05 $12.59/£7 Deluxe Edition features both MOTS & ROTS (UK releases). Solarized - Koch Records - US release 22/02/05 $14.29/£8 - The best Solarized tracklisting on the planet as it includes the marvellous 'Love Bug'.
26th July 2005 Here's all the latest Ian Brown interviews/reviews from the last week or so. So, check out the Media Articles section for yet another batch of Roses/Squire/Brown related articles including Ian Brown's offer of prison gig turned down, Brown heads for forest, a very nice Ian Brown interview, Ian Brown King of the forest and the Delamere Forest review. To read them all, click here.
26th July 2005 I have just found a few links that point to a new Ian Brown/Stone Roses CD, don't get too excited, it's not gonna be a 3rd Roses LP - but a 'kinda' official audio biog thing. Amazon.co.uk lists details of 'Maximum Ian Brown & The Stone Roses'. It's apparently due for released on 3rd October 2005 on Chrome Dreams, I hunted out their website and found some examples of their other titles and by the sound of them I doubt we'll get John Harris reading this one.
18th July 2005 The Yards' single - 'Forget Your Regrets' is released today, backed with a live acoustic version of 'Get Off My Back' (recorded at the York Minster). You can order the single from Amazon now.
15th July 2005 The Guardian publishes a letter from Hassan, a young Muslim born and raised in Yorkshire, who offers a heartfelt response to last week's attacks on London. He uses one of our greatest anthems 'I Am The Resurrection' to perfectly illustrate his poignant message. Click here to read the full article.
14th July 2005 Just a reminder for anyone who missed the details last month, I've still got plenty of copies of the JSU John Squire DVD - 'Other Men's Flowers', which I embarked upon due to overwhelming interest from my fellow fans. It features all top quality vids of the rare John Squire live performances, along with loads of bonus footage/features and with specially designed menu systems and coming in standard DVD cases with unique artwork. Click here for the full tracklisting and details. Please email any queries to email@example.com.
A reminder that this is not an official release, but something I have put together for my fellow fans and all revenue raised from this covers the cost of the project with any excess going towards my hosting costs.
11th July 2005 Andy Watts plays another acoustic gig tomorrow night (Tuesday 12th July) at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London WC2. Nearest tube Tottenham Court Road tel:020 7916 6989. Andy should be onstage around 8.15pm. Click here to read a previous review of Andy at the 12 Bar (and some pictures).
11th July 2005 The Yards' next single off their debut LP - 'Forget Your Regrets' is released next monday (18th July), backed with a live version of 'Get Off My Back'. Snapper Music release the following press info and give us a first glimpse at the cover, click here for the full press release. You can also preorder the single from Amazon now.
11th July 2005 NME reviews Ian Brown's problematic performance at the T In The Park festival, that saw Brown have to restart 'Made Of Stone' (2nd song on the bill) twice due to technical problems. Click here for the full review.
11th July 2005 Local newspaper, the Bristol Evening Post reviews Ian Brown's gig at the Bristol Academy (6th July). He played five classic Roses tunes ('Sally Cinnamon', 'Made Of Stone', 'Waterfall', 'She Bangs The Drums' and 'I Wanna Be Adored') as well as covering the Sex Pistols' song 'Submission'. Click here for the full review.
1st July 2005 The Official Ian Brown website confirms the full details for the forthcoming single 'All Ablaze', which is due out on Fiction Records on August 22nd. The single will be released on Enhanced CD with the Video and 'The Sweet Fantastic' (Live at Brixton Academy) as the extra track and on 7" b/w 'Destiny Or Circumstance' (Live at Brixton Academy).
29th June 2005 In this week's NME Glastonbury edition, there's a small review of Ian Brown's Sunday Headline slot on the Other Stage. To read the article, click here.
29th June 2005 Also in this week's NME, there's a small piece claiming that Ian Brown has broken the silence over all the recent Stone Roses reformation rumours and asks John Squire to call him. To read the article, click here.
28th June 2005 As part of the BBC's Glastonbury coverage, they have set up and Ian Brown page with live photos and an interview with Ian before his set on Sunday (26th June). To visit the page, click here.
28th June 2005 Similarly the BBC's website also includes a Primal Scream page with live photos and an interview with Bobby Gillespie and Mani. To visit the page, click here.
28th June 2005 According to Gigwise.com they have been intouch with a source close to The Stone Roses who has claimed that the band have recently rehearsed together, though they can't say whether John Squire was at such sessions. It is highly unlikely that this story will prove true at this time, due to the recent busy schedules of both Ian Brown and Mani who have both been preparing for their recent sets at Glastonbury. To read the full article, click here.
27th June 2005 Manchester Online sums up events of Glastonbury last night, including Brown's comments to the audience "Do you want us to reform?", before being joined on stage by ex-Stone Rose, Mani. To read the full article, click here.
27th June 2005 Despite rumours to the contrary (from the man himself), Mani actually did join ex-band mate Ian Brown onstage at Glastonbury 2005 after playing a set earlier with Primal Scream. To read the full article, click here.
27th June 2005 NME.com report on Primal Scream's set at Glastonbury. Gillespie also took the chance to "antagonise" the crowd, asking them, if they "really wanted to see a reformed Stone Roses". To read the full article, click here.
24th June 2005 Ian Brown's forthcoming Greatest Hits compilation, 'The Greatest' is now available to pre-order from amazon.co.uk. Both the Standard CD and Deluxe Edition will be released on the 5th September.
22nd June 2005 The release of Ian Brown's forthcoming single 'All Ablaze' has been put back two weeks and will now be released on 22nd August, with the Greatest Hits collection - named by IanBrown.co.uk as 'Ian Brown - The Greatest' - seeing its release on the 5th September. 'The Greatest' will be released on Vinyl LP, standard edition CD plus a strictly limited Deluxe Edition with bonus CD with the Deluxe Edition receiving extended sleeve notes and booklet all in the shape of a special book size format. Both formats will be available to pre-order on Amazon very soon. Click here for full tracklistings of 'The Greatest' and bonus CD.
18th June 2005 Mani talks to 6music about him pulling out of his forthcoming DJ-slot at Glastonbury in support of disgruntled Man Utd fans going on the offensive against new owner Malcolm Glazer. To read the full article, click here.
18th June 2005 I just realised that I've been running Ian Brown Whispers for a year now (I opened it on 1st June 2004), blimey that seemed to go quick! Well thanks for all the visits/comments over the last twelve months and I hope you've found the site (which was going to be just a mini-site section of JSU initially) of interest.
18th June 2005 Mani talks to Xfm and denies the rumours that he was to play onstage again with Ian Brown at Glastonbury '05. He also talks about Primal Scream's headlight slot and the fateful Glasto '95 when the Roses had to pull out of the top slot. To read the full article, click here.
13th June 2005 Ian Brown announces his 'Greatest Hits' tour. He will play the following venues - Doncaster Dome (Thursday 17th November), Glasgow Academy (Friday 18th), Newcastle Academy (Monday 21st), Birmingham Academy (Tuesday 22nd), Cardiff University (Friday 25th), Brixton Academy (Saturday 26th), Poole Lighthouse (Tuesday 29th), Portsmouth Guildhall (Wednesday 30th), Norwich UEA (Thursday 1st December), MEN Arena (Saturday 3rd). Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 17th June from gigsandtours.com.
As previously reported, Ian Brown's Greatest Hits album will be released on Fiction Records on 22nd August. A brand new single, entitled, 'All Ablaze' will see a release beforehand on 8th August.
12th June 2005 Andy Watts plays another date (this Tuesday 14th June) at The Globe Theatre, The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12, 0208 682 8940. Click here for full info on the venue and here for a map.
9th June 2005 Here's one for the fans, I've just finshed my John Squire DVD (which I have called 'Other Men's Flowers' after a reference from the Squire Art site) which I embarked upon due to overwhelming interest from my fellow fans. It features all top quality vids of the rare John Squire live performances, along with loads of bonus footage/features and with specially designed menu systems and coming in standard DVD cases with unique artwork. Click here for the full tracklisting and details. Please email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9th June 2005 The Yards give details of their next single release 'Forget Your Regrets', which will be released (as a CD and download single) on Monday 18th July. The CD single will also include a live version of 'Get Off My Back'. In other news, The Yards have had to cancel their Sheffield (The Boardwalk, tonight) and London (The Metro, tomorrow) gigs because frontman Chris Helme has a serious ear infection and as a result cannot sing. The band send their apologies to everyone who was stepping out to see them and should re-schedule the dates very soon.
6th June 2005 XFM talks to Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis who confirms that dance act Basement Jaxx will now headline the festival after a string of bands turned down the top spot. He also speaks of his efforts to get the Roses back together for the occasion which Ian Brown personally turned his down on.
The article goes on to suggest that this will end the current reunion rumours, however, I only see it is an end to the Glasto '05 rumours (which I believe would have always been impossible), I suspect will hear more Rosey mentions in the press and interviews over the coming months. To read the full article, click here.
6th June 2005 Here's a small piece from The Guardian who get a word from Mani: "I'll get Brown and Squire together". Mani continued to say "They're both over 40 and it's getting undignified". To read the full article, click here.
1st June 2005 BBC MCR provides the transcript of their exclusive interview with Reni and Mani which was recorded at the Coral gig (Carling 24 last Saturday 28th May). To read the full article, click here.
31st May 2005 BBC MCR gives some details of the upcoming exclusive interview with Reni and Mani which will be aired tomorrow (Wed 1st June) between 7pm-10pm. To read the full article, click here. Tune into BBC MCR tomorrow to listen live.
31st May 2005 NME.com confirms that Mani & Reni were at Carling 24 for the Coral gig and has details of an exclusive 6Music interview with most elusive Stone Rose, Alan 'Reni' Wren. He told them "Never say never, but it won't be this year," and "I'm going to play with Mani that's a guaranteed Ė Iím writing songs for me and him." To read the full article, click here.
31st May 2005 Andy Watts plays another intimate acoustic gig (this time set in the depths of an old wine cellar!) at Chez Stellios, 10 Nottingham Place, London, W1 - this Thursday 2nd June (Andy should be onstage from 10pm). The venue is 2 minutes walk from Baker Street Tube and just off Marylebone High Street, click here for a map.
30th May 2005 Loads more Roses news at the moment, it's great that they're in all the papers again... this time Mani & Reni are in the audience at Carling 24. Ian Brown still denies those Roses rumours, telling the crowd at Carling 24: "There's been talk of a Stone Roses revival, yeah? Well, this is it.". So, check out the Media Articles section for yet another batch of Roses/Squire/Brown related articles including Ian Brown Apologies to Kylie, Mani Browned off with Ian, Ian Brown heading for Carling 24 and the review. To read them all, click here.
27th May 2005 15 Years ago to the day, The Stone Roses played their landmark gig at Spike Island, a toxic dump on the Mersey Estuary in front of 30,000 fans. To commemorate the significant date, John Squire has commissioned a special Spike Island print which is a reproduction of the original artwork which was subsequently used on T-shirts and posters. This huge print (70cm x 100cm) is strictly limited to 150, priced at £250. To order a print, click here.
25th May 2005 BBC 6Music gets Mani's word on the reformation latest. He talks about John meeting up with Reni for the first time again at the Arthur Lee & Love gig back in March. To read the full article, click here.
25th May 2005 Manchester Online is the first to quash this latest Roses rumour with the usual denial straight from Ian Brown who simply says, "Well, all Iíve got to say is, why would I do that?"; however, reading the full article there's a full more balanced and less emotional response from Brown, whether this is a sign that things are winding down between them "remains to be seen". To read the full article, click here.
25th May 2005 Ian Brown.co.uk reveals details of the US releases of Ian Brown's backcatalogue on Koch Records (26th July). The release is set to include special mixes and videos, many of which have never been available in the US before and in the case of 'Music Of The Spheres' this will be coupled with 'Remixes Of The Spheres' in a special double CD. Ian Brown's Greatest Hits album is also set for release in the States, given the same provisional date as the UK release (22nd August).
25th May 2005 Now, a bit of a bizarre one for you but I was watching the telly last night and Eastenders came on and Shane Richie appeared sitting down infront of (what I'm sure was) the exact same wallpaper that was used in the 'Room In Brooklyn' promo video for the entire backdrop, bands instruments and shirts, etc... as pictured below! A search on the internet provided me with some info, the pattern is actually called Compton by William Morris and was designed as far back as 1895! To see more about the Compton pattern, click here. So there you go, one for the fans of obscure references! Also, just a couple of mins after that they played Ian Brown's 'The Sweet Fanastic' in the foreground for one scene.
25th May 2005 The Yards also announce full tour dates. They are to play The Boardwalk, Sheffield (9th June), The Metro, London (10th June), The Yo Yo Club at The Welly club, Hull (18th June), Darlington Forum (7th July), Guilfest Festival (16th July), Bristol Fleece (17th July), Newcastle Cluny (22nd July), Manchester Roadhouse (25th July), Nottingham Social (27th July), Blakey Festival (28th July) and Fibbers, York (29th July). For full info and prices visit theyards.org.
25th May 2005 Check out the Media Articles section where I've been busily typing up all the latest Roses/Squire related articles. To read them all, click here.
25th May 2005 I've set up a special 'Road To The Reunion' thread on JSU forums with follows this latest rumour and traces it back to John Squire's debut solo gig where he opened his career with a powerful statement in the form out the 'I Am The Resurrection' outro solo. It's your one-stop for all most recent quotes and developments. To check it out, click here.
25th May 2005 London based magazine Time Out got more than they bargined for whilst interviewing John Squire about the classic Roses gig at Ally Pally (08/11/1989) for their Top 100 London's Greatest Gigs (Ally Pally coming 80th). As the interview drew to a close the writer asked John Squire if he was to record any further solo LPs only to be told, "the plan is to make a ferocious guitar album on my own. And then to put the Roses back together." These comments have sparked another wave of Roses reformation rumours, with many publications getting onboard. To read the full interview, click here.
25th May 2005 Andy Watts plays an intimate acoustic gig at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, London, SE15 3BE this evening (onstage at 9.15pm). Joining Andy onstage as always with be Roger Goslin plus a special guest.
18th May 2005 According to John Squire's website / design team, John plans to commission a new art print - a 15th Anniversary print of the Spike Island poster (which will - hopefully - be available from the 27th May and in very limited quantities) expect this to be confirmed very soon.
Apparently John & family are all doing well and he has spent the last year busy on his painting having had one or two commissions plus adding to his own catalogue of pieces.
There is also talk of an event-based promotion of John's artwork in the autumn but this is in the very early stages and no details are yet available.
They were unable to confirm anything definite about John Squire's musical career, however, I was told that John "was writing songs again and focusing back on this activity for the immediate future"... so fingers crossed on us getting to hear some new Squire material in the not-too-distant future.
16th May 2005 Fiction Records release the first details of Ian Brown's Greatest Hits album, which is expected to be released at the end of August. Fiction, Ian's record label have also made it clear that there will be future Ian Brown studio albums released on their label and that this is just to mark Ian's astounding career to date. As well as classic Ian Brown tracks there are expected to be a few new tracks (probably including Ian's recent political outing 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' that we've already seen the lyrics for) and also re-recordings of existing songs. The Official Ian Brown website have also confirmed the rumours of a DVD release but this may not see a release until 2006.
5th May 2005 The Yards are in session this Saturday (7th May) on Mark Riley's BBC 6Music programme Rocket Science. They will be performing a few songs between 1pm-4pm. Tune into 6Music to listen live.
5th May 2005 The Yards also announce their first post-album-release dates. They are to play The Boardwalk, Sheffield (Thursday 9th June), The Metro, London (Friday 10th June), The Yo Yo Club at The Welly Club, Hull (Saturday 18th June) and this year's Guilfest Festival (Saturday 16th July).
4th May 2005 XFM reveals the full lyrics for Ian Brown's new election-inspired song 'Caught Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea'. Click here to read the article.
4th May 2005 According to NME.com Ian Brown has written a new song about the imminent UK Elections, revealing lyrics for 'Caught Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' as "Vote for me, vote for me / I'm the politician with the policies to set you free / Time for an election / So what's your selection? / Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea". Click here to read the article.
30th April 2005 Here's a round-up of all the recently announced Ian Brown summer dates and festivals. He plays the Berlin Festival (4th June), Istanbul Efes Pilsen One Love Festival (11th June), Bristol Academy (6th July), Serbia Exit Festival (8th July), T In The Park (10th July), Summer Sonic Festival - Tokyo (13th August) and Osaka (14th August) and The Eden Sessions 2005 (27th August). For more details on all dates visit the Official Ian Brown site, all dates added to the new gigography as well.
30th April 2005 Simply Vinyl will release a further two Stone Roses 12"s on their S12 range next month. First up is the re-releases of the classic 'She Bangs The Drums' backed with the Elephant remix (which appeared on the 2000 The Remixes compilation) and the second is entitled The Remixes EP which features 'I Wanna Be Adored' (Rabbit In The Moon remix), 'Waterfall' (Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne remix), 'Waterfall' (Justin Robertson remix) and 'One Love' (Utah Saints remix). Both are to be released next Monday (2nd May) and can be preordered from HMV.co.uk.
21st April 2005 3 brand new Squire videos discovered and all uploaded to the audio/video section. All 3 are John Squire solo from the Liquid Rooms, Tokyo gig (20th February 2003) and were apparently recorded for Japanese TV (so again they are pro-shot!). To watch the videos of 'Fools Gold', 'She Bangs The Drums' and 'Waterfall', click here.
18th April 2005 The Yards self-titled debut album is released today. To hear some clips of the tracks and for quotes from reviews visit The Yards website and to order it from Amazon.co.uk, click here.
13th April 2005 The Stone Roses most famous single was arguably the 'Fools Gold' 12" with its instantly recognisable John Squire 'Double Dorsal Doppelganger One' artwork, originally released in November 1989 on Silvertone Records (ORE T 13). Since then it's been re-released a number of times (twice being, 'Fools Gold '95' Silvertone ORE T 71 and 'Fools Gold '99 Jive Electro 0523090', appeared on a huge number of compilations and has been remixed by the likes of A Man Called Gerald and Grooverider more recently.
Fans of The Stone Roses will probably not surprised to hear that it is to receive another release featuring the Original Mix and backed with both the A Man Called Gerald 'Top Won Mix' and Grooverider's Mix, this time courtest of Simply Vinyl who previously took care of the re-release of Second Coming. To order the new 12" click here or to read their brief comments about the release, click here.
12th April 2005 The Yards internet-only single, 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC' is available to download now. The track is a re-recording of their 2003 EP title track and features on The Yards self-titled debut album out next Monday (18th April). Download 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC' direct from itunes now or visit the Yards Official site for more info.
11th April 2005 Another video uploaded to the audio/video section. This time it's the Ian Brown appearance on the Jo Whiley Show (22/04/1998) along side Ian McCullough and Cerys Matthews, this is the full show (over 20 mins!). To watch the video, click here.
11th April 2005 Another Seahorses video uploaded to the audio/video section. This time it's the John Squire & Chris Helme Ozone interview, they chat about the making of 'Love Me And Leave Me' and the whole thing is spliced with clips of the promo vid. To watch the video, click here.
7th April 2005 The Yards self-titled, debut album gets a review in this month's Q Magazine. 'The Yards' will be released on 18th April and the new version of 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC' will see its internet-only release from next Tuesay (12th April). To read the review, click here.
4th April 2005 Rumours for a Roses reunion have again been rife this week after three of the four former band members (John Squire, Mani and Reni) were apparently spotted at the same Love gig at Manchester Academy (31st March). One online source to pick up on this rumour is Manchester Online, who gave this write up. Click here to read the article.
2nd April 2005 Two more sets of new live pictures have been uploaded, this time from London's (Oxford Street) HMV special instore gig (15th September 2004) and London Brixton Academy (22nd October 2004). All pics again come courtesy of Paul Bates, so big thanks to him for sharing them all with us. To view all his pics, click here for HMV and here for Brixton Academy.
1st April 2005 Ian Brown has been announced as a headline act for this year's 'The Eden Sessions' (2005) in Cornwall. To read the full article, click here.
1st April 2005 New live pictures uploaded, this time from London's Fabric Nightclub (5th November 2004). Setlist, flyer and Ian Brown pics come courtesy of Paul Bates, thanks go to him for sending them in. To view all his pics, click here.
1st April 2005 The Yards announce their Launch Dates to accompany their self-titled debut album, 'The Yards' (18th April). They will play (London) 'Rendition' at Parker Place, 51 Parker Street, WC2B 5PS on Wednesday 20th April 2005, (York) The Post Office Club, 26 Marygate on Friday 22nd April 2005 and (Blakey Ridge) The Lion Inn on Thursday 5th May 2005. For full ticket/venue info, click here.
1st April 2005 Two new videos have been uploaded to the audio/video section, both are of the Seahorses performing at Glastonbury 1997 and both 'Love Is The Law' and 'Blinded By The Sun' are pro-shot. I don't ever think they've made it onto DVD or the 'net before but I actually recorded them off the telly back in '97 and just discovered them on an old VHS. To view both videos check out the audio/video page.
29th March 2005 NME.com report on Ian Brown's recent gig at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom where he was joined on stage for closing song 'I Wanna Be Adored' by Gary 'Mani' Mounfield who performed the track with Brown, much to the crowd's amazement and pure enjoyment. To read the full article, click here.
29th March 2005 The Yards self-titled debut album, which is to be released next month (18th April) is now available for preorder on Amazon.co.uk.
21st March 2005 9 New clips from Ian Brown's recent Stockholm Mondo Club (05/03/05) have been added, huge thanks to Tomas Kubowicz for sending in his clips of 'Waterfall', 'She Bangs The Drums', 'Sally Cinnamon', 'I Wanna Be Adored' and others. Click here to view all the clips.
21st March 2005 Ian Brown has been announced for a spot in this year's Carling Live 24 event taking place in Manchester on Saturday 28th May. Ian Brown will appear at the Manchester Academy with support coming from The Dead 60s. For a chance of getting hold of (limited number of) tickets visit the Official Ian Brown website.
21st March 2005 Mani is set to help out Rio Ferdinand by signing up for the judging panel for the final heat of his White Chalk Music talent showcase this weekend. Click here to read the full article.
21st March 2005 The Official Ian Brown website releases a statement on Ian Brown's recent arrest in the USA after his San Francisco gig. Click here to read the official statement.
16th March 2005 BBC News online also provides details on Ian Brown's 'in gig arrest' at his San Francisco gig, last night. Click here to read the full article.
16th March 2005 According to the NME today, Ian Brown has been arrested in the USA whilst touring and promoting his current album, 'Solarized'. Click here to read the full article.
6th March 2005 New 'Time Changes Everything' acoustic video unearthed. The video, which was filmed in 2002 was recorded by Sinnamon Records and I imagine they must've just filmed a radio/website promo visit from John Squire. Thanks go to a visiter of the official John Squire site who posted the link. To view the video, click here. To check out some screencaps, click here.
28th February 2005 Two of the Stone Roses classic tunes have been voted into the Top 10 Madchester tunes in this month's Rip&Burn feature. Picked by a panel made up of Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Peter Hook (New Order), Anthony Wilson (Factory Records), Gerald Simpson (A Guy Called Gerald), Bez (Happy Mondays), Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Tom Dunmore (Editor Of Rip&Burn) and their writers, A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray' topped the list, followed by Happy Mondays' 'Step On' and The Stone Roses' 'Waterfall' taking up the no.3 spot, 'Fools Gold' was their other tune to make the Top 10, in at no.6. To see the full Top 10 with comments, click here.
25th February 2005 No show for Noel on Conan O'Brien show. According to The Sun today, Noel Gallagher failed to appear on the US chat show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien after he failed to get to Heathrow on time and subsequently missed his flight to New York, leaving Ian Brown to perform 'Keep What Ya Got' with his usual line-up. The Sun goes on to say how US viewers were disappointed and even found a source from the show who admitted, "It was all a bit embarassing". Some kind chap, going by the name of Ben who posts on the official Ian Brown forum managed to capture the performance and upload it for all to see. Head over to the official IB forum to see the video.
22nd February 2005 JSU reviews The Yards self-titled, debut album. 'The Yards' will be released on 18th April and the band are expected to announce a UK tour to follow (more details soon) and the new version of 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC' is scheduled for internet-only release from 11th April. To read the review, click here.
21st February 2005 Ian Brown announces summer dates! Ian is to join the Forest Comission run 'Forest Tour' and has confirmed two outdoor gigs at Thetford Forest on Saturday 16th July and Delamere Forest, near Northwich in Cheshire on Saturday 23rd July. Hopefully both these dates will go down with the fans as well as the now famous outdoor gig at Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher (Last July). Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday (25th March) and are £22.00 (subject to booking fee). You can get them by calling the ticket hotline on 01842 814612 (Mon-Sat) or by buying online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.seetickets.com.
20th February 2005 Just re-opening the highly updated (version 3.0) of The Stone Roses Family Tree. It has been a long time coming and it's not quite finished yet but I was getting sick of it just sitting on my harddrive. There's new branches (for new related bands), basic discographies, song samples/clips of some artists (with details of where to find full versions), extended info, pictures - more to come. New other artists/bands section with loads more details coming soon. I've added a link to the site's main index as well as it being available from the main navigation (left).
20th February 2005 Happy 42nd Birthday, Mr. Ian Brown. Here's to an equally successful 2005 for the man who's brought us four golden greats, so far.
17th February 2005 JSU can now confirm that The Yards self-entitled debut album 'The Yards' is set for release on 18th April 2005. The tracklisting runs as, 'Forget Your Regrets', 'Get Off My Back', 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC', 'Only Myself To Blame', 'Crime', 'On The Inside', 'Superhuman', 'Pure', 'California', 'Fireflies', 'Up Til Dawn'. The album also features a new version of 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC' (different to the version that was released on their debut EP - 2003), this has been picked and the single ahead of the album and sees an internet-only release on the 17th April 2005.
17th February 2005 Two more Andy Watts announced. The first of which is another benefit gig (in aid of Oxfam) next Wednesday (23rd February) at The Marquee Club, Leicester Square, London, donations are £5 on the door. He will also play another date at The Ivy House next month (16th March) 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, SE15.
16th February 2005 Adidas has designed a range of special 35th Anniversary Adidas Music Collection of Trainers, named Superstar I, among these is an Ian Brown model. The full range are soon to go on sale in the UK and Adidas have just launched a site with info and full pics of the trainers as well as a special interview with Ian Brown. Click here for the Official Adidas Superstar page and here for a summary of the info and a load of pics.
14th February 2005 Another run of Ian Brown dates have been confirmed for the US ahead of his UK Tour in March. He's set to play Los Angeles House of Blues (13th March), Anaheim House of Blues (14th) and the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco (15th). Ian Brown has now also been confirmed to make an appearance at this year's T In The Park festival on Sunday 10th July.
10th February 2005 Brownie's Mexican Manifesto. The official Ian Brown site has just announced and confirmed Ian Brown is to play the Manifest 2005 festival in Mexico on the 11th March at Salon 21, Mexico City. Tickets are priced at $290 pesos presale and $350 pesos at the box office and more details will soon be available here.
8th February 2005 Here's a very brief piece from BBC Radio One on Ian Brown talking about his Greatest Hits compilation, due out later in the year, click here to read the article.
4th February 2005 I have been going through my old bootleg cassettes and I have just liberated and converted the rare early gig at the Lilla Marquee, Stockholm, Sweden from 19th April 1985. The band played three songs; 'Mission Impossible', 'Nowhere Fast' and 'Tradjic Roundabout' before walking off. What makes this a nice gig though is the three minute interview with Ian Brown after the gig. Anyway, I've decided to upload this to the Audio/Video section, so, to listen to the gig and interview click here.
1st February 2005 Ian Brown has been nominated for the Best Solo Artist Category for the NME Awards 2005. To vote for Ian Brown, click here.
27th January 2005 Andy Watts gave his usual top performance last night (at The Ivy House), starting off with an unbelievably powerful rendition of 'U R Not Known'. Andy was also joined onstage by regular muso pal 'Dr' Roger Goslin who accompanied on trumbone, flute and accordion throughout the set; performing the most incredible accordian solo you are likely to have ever seen on set-closing track 'Mr Good News'. Andy also played his first ever cover version, 'Picture This' by Blondie, an unusual song for him to pick you might think, until Andy explains that he had a big thing for her as a kid and "saved up 35 packs of Smiths' Crisps for a life-size poster". The full set ran as: 'U R Not Known', 'Believe', 'Terms & Conditions', 'Bird Box', 'Unsung', 'Father's Footsteps', 'Really The Reason', 'Broken Bones', 'Dragonfly', 'Lawnlife', 'Picture This' and 'Mr Good News'.
Andy plays Albany Theatre this Saturday and The Marquee Club next Tuesday, both as fundraisers for the Tsunami appeals (see last entry for full details).
25th January 2005 After two sell-out support slots last November at London's Shepherds Bush Empire (pictured below) and Manchester Academy 3, Andy Watts will play two benefit gigs. The first being this Saturday (29th Jan) at the Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 for the Deptford Indian Ocean Tsunami Appeal, (online booking www.thealbany.org.uk) and the second next Tuesday (1st Feb) at The Marquee Club, 1 Leicester Square, WC2 (next door to Sound, Wardour Street) for the Tsunami Benefit Concert, donations at the door.
Andy also plays the Ivy House (Stuart Road, SE15, London) tomorrow night.
24th January 2005 The newest JSU section to get a new look, is my Gigography. For ages, I've been very unhappy with its shabby appearance so I've completely remade it to include all John Squire, Seahorses, Stone Roses and Ian Brown solo gig dates. In addition to this I'm currently adding a full spectrum of information accessable through this database, including if there's a viewable setlist, if an audio recording was made, if there is any video footage and if there's a review of the gig. More info to be added over the coming weeks. To have a look, click here.
21st January 2005 Ian Brown played a short acoustic set on 6Music on Wednesday (19th), along with a brief interview. He was accompanied on (acoustic) guitar by Tim Hutton and performed current single 'Time Is My Everything' and last B-side, 'Love Bug'. The interview continued off-line and took a darker turn, moving onto John Squire's recent comments in Q Magazine. To read that full interview, click here.
14th January 2005 The Yards have signed to Snapper Music, where they are to release their debut self-entitled LP 'The Yards' in Spring 2005 with a single release planned before that (which I have to say is looking likely to be 'Pure'), JSU last reported the tracklisting ran as, 'Forget Your Regrets', 'Get Off My Back', 'The Devil Is Alive And Well And In DC', 'Only Myself To Blame', 'Crime', 'On The Inside', 'Superhuman', 'Pure', 'California', 'Fireflies', 'Up Til Dawn', it is not known if they have changed this at all since it was revealed back in July 2004.
Snapper Music have just released a press release/biog about the band and given us a first look at the album cover. Click here to read the article.
12th January 2005 The second of two short NME articles is the 'Time Is My Everything' single review. Click here to read the review.
12th January 2005 The first of two short NME articles gives details of the coming Oxegen Festival (nothing new) and his March tour. Click here to read the (brief) article.
12th January 2005 Is Gary 'Mani' Mounfield really the third Stone Rose about to go solo? Well according to The Sun today, he's already working on a solo album, hoping to have it in a releasable state by 2006 with those closest to the former Stone Roses bassist refering to it as a "progressive sound tinged with electronica". Click here to read the (brief) article.
12th January 2005 Ian Brown is to feature on Xfm's X-Posure Live Sessions on 17th January (next Monday) from 9pm, however with no mention (from Xfm) of new material/session, I can only assume that it is the 'Keep What Ya Got' session from September '04, however it's a great chance for anyone who missed it. You can tune into XFM at xfm.co.uk.
12th January 2005 I've finally scanned and uploaded 4 (of the 5) Seahorses London Forum (20th June 1997) pictures that I've had in possession for over 4 years... Anyway, thought that I might as well share them with you, click on each of the pics below for larger images.
12th January 2005 I have now moved over enough of the thousands of files to my new server to make the switch to John-Squire.com, while this should make no real changes for you at first, it may be that some of the links/images don't work at the moment (and that old 0catch.com may die in the future). Report any broken links, missing image, etc. to email@example.com.
2nd January 2005 This month's Q Magazine has a full 5-page feature on what really went wrong with the Stone Roses during the Second Coming recording sessions, including John Squire's account for the events, sadly though, they did not take the opportunity to air any new info on John Squire's solo career. Click here for the full article.
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