Phil Collins isn’t the only one get­ting back on the band­wagon

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Emily Long­worth

The Stone Roses have been un­duly sur­rep­ti­tious in an­nounc­ing their 2016 re­union gigs. Across Manch­ester a mob of posters show­ing lemon cross­sec­tions turned up this week, and num­ber-savvy fans cor­rectly counted 16 of them, suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence for the Third Com­ing.

Es­sen­tially, it’ s the same news as­the last re­union. Ahand­fulof mas­sive shows an­nounced, a new al­bum elu­sively sug­gested, with tech­ni­cal prob­lems and/ or band dif­fi­cul­ties likely to oc­cur. What should be dif­fer­ent about this out­ing? At the very least they pulled to­gether their own tour­ing com­pany, reg­is­ter­ing Man Tour­ing Lim­ited a few days be­fore the lemons showed up.

This might be be­cause The Stone Roses were haunted by man­age­rial in com­pe­tence for years un­til their demise. Even their 1990 Spike Is­land gig was strewn with or­gan­i­sa­tion al short falls. The book­ers al­legedly brought the wrong open­ing act, and many gurn­ing fans were re­peat­edly start led by he­li­copters land­ing–al­most to the point of stam­pede.

It makes sense then that they want bet­ter, wiser man­age­ment for the next com­ing, but un­for­tu­nately they’ re al­ready do­ing it wrong. Apart from their two home­town shows, they’ ve an­nounced Tin the Park–the only fes­ti­val in England to have been se­ri­ously threat­ened with can­cel­la­tion from the pres­ence of some qui­etly nest­ing birds last year.

Given that it’ s are union tour, there’ s a strong pos­si­bil­ity of the shows be­ing life less and glib, with Ian Brown( left) and Co now look­ing con­sid­er­ably more like tired sock pup­pets than be­fore, but per­haps so do the orig­i­nal gen­er­a­tion of fans, and that’ s part of the ap­peal.

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