Stone Roses announce two stadium shows
THE Stone Roses will play two shows at the Etihad Stadium next year on June 17 and 18.
Speculation about a Stone Roses album and tour hit fever pitch as posters of their iconic lemon logo popped up in shop windows in Manchester.
The band, featuring Sutton-based guitarist John Squire, reformed in 2012 for three huge shows at Heaton Park and a world tour, but have yet to release their much anticipated third album.
Now gigs have been announced and tickets will go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, with prices still to be announced.
Fans and famous faces took to Twitter as soon as the posters started appearing at 8am, and within a couple of hours the phrase Stone Roses was trending in Manchester and several other UK cities.
Rock royalty including Tim Burgess, of The Charlatans, and Liam Fray, of The Courteeners, tweeted lines of lemon emojis – mirroring the poster campaigns which were on Oldham Street, Hilton Street, Church Street and Great Ancoats Street.
Most of the posters were displayed in batches of 16 posters, suggesting a tour announcement for 2016 was on the cards.
One shop keeper, at Vinyl Revival on Hilton Street, was only able to confirm that he has been asked to display the posters in his window and was ‘sworn to secrecy about an announcement due in the next 24 hours’.
The band played three huge shows at Heaton Park in 2012 followed by a world tour.
They confirmed details of the gigs last night, and the single tweet they put out with a poster for the shows did not set to rest rumours about their much-anticipated third album.
Promoters SJM kept tight-lipped about the news, refusing to give any details to press or fans all day.
The Stone Roses last played in Manchester to 220,000 at Heaton Park on June 29 and June 30, plus an extra added date on July 1.
Support came from Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye, Plan B, Mani’s former band Primal Scream, The Vaccines, rapper Professor Green, and The Wailers.
The group, who formed in 1983, mark the 21st anniversary of their sophomore album Second Coming this year, and the 20th year since they first broke up.
Their 1989 eponymous debut album is often voted one of the greatest albums of all time in most music polls.
●● John Squire of The Stone Roses