Stone Roses an­nounce two sta­dium shows

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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

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