Rumors about a reformation of Manchester legends the Stone Roses surfaced in December 2008, and now a British tabloid is claiming 21 shows by the band are planned for this year. There is no confirmation that the tour is going ahead, and the newspaper in question (the Daily Mirror) is less than trustworthy. Nevertheless, those rumors just won’t go away.
According to a “source,” the paper claims: "it’s taken a lot of time to get Ian [Brown] to agree but he’s finally signed on the dotted line. The rest of the band were really up for it, especially when they realized the amount of money on the table." The NME is speculating that the Stone Roses may make an appearance at Coachella if the story is true, and there is still an Amy Winehouse-sized gap in the festival’s running order.
Relations between the band members famously deteriorated after the group’s second album, Second Coming, was released in 1994. There have been so signs that Brown and guitarist John Squire have put their differences behind them, but 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album, which could prompt them to put a few shows together to celebrate. Squire has already stated, in 2008: "I went to that Led Zeppelin reunion show and on the way back in the car I was thinking it would be good to do something like that one day.”