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Stone Roses 'reform': Reni says not

Confidential finds everything’s backwards when you read it in a Mirror...and speaks to Reni about reform rumours

Published on March 18th 2009.


Stone Roses 'reform': Reni says not

In yesterday's Mirror, Tom Bryant reported in an 'exclusive' scoop that the legendary Manchester band The Stone Roses were to reform this summer to play 21 dates.

Manchester Confidential is way ahead of the national press, particularly as The Stone Roses' drummer, Reni, is managed by John Nuttall, who is a contributing editor at Confidential. Along with seminal producer Martin Hannett, he was one of the owners of Thin Line, the Roses' first record company, and has been involved with the band from its inception.

John spent yesterday evening with Reni, reviewing previously unseen footage of the Roses which will appear on the 20th anniversary edition of the classic Stone Roses album (to be remastered by original producer John Leckie).

Reni confirmed that far from having 'persuaded' Ian Brown to sign on the dotted line as reported in The Mirror, he actually hadn’t seen or spoken to Ian Brown for at least two years.

So nothing is happening folks. The Roses, like a re-formed Smiths, aren't about to join hands and take a bow at a stage near you any time soon.

Did Tom Bryant just make it up then? The answer is yes. The little fibber.

However, the total inaccuracies and fake facts in The Mirror's article should in no way reflect on what we hear is their latest scoop, that the Jimi Hendrix Experience are to get back together. Late bassist with the band, Noel Redding, said, “When I saw the amount of money involved, I decided death was no longer an issue.”

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 18th 2009.

Well the reality is that if it ever happens make no mistake it would only be for the cash.....I will however be truly amazed if it does because the bitterness runs too deep here.And FFR any sentence that begins "not to diminish" always does exactly that...what actually diminishes any talk of a reunion if there is any credibility in reforming for cash is that the name of this band was kept alive using wanabees who weren't in the same league as John and Reni – if I remember correctly they didn't produce anything without them – so to say that Reni (or John) wasn’t integral to this band is laughable and to reform with the original line up after such a painful death would be sinful....they should never reform even if they could address their differences – no future performance of this band could ever replace my memories of them as they were – EVER!!!One last thing - it's a shame that Reni, such a talented musician has yet to have an illustrious solo career of his own....maybe he should get a new manager!!!!

NeilMarch 18th 2009.

Not diminishing Reni's contribution but he's not exactly the key to the reunion. In fact, wasn't he sacked (or left?) towards the end of the Stone Roses anyway? If - and it's a huge if - Ian Brown and John Squires decide to settle their many differences then you have to imagine that they (or more importantly the money!) will persuade the other two to join.

terry tibbsMarch 18th 2009.

pathetic arguement

anonMarch 18th 2009.

Let's face it, this reunion is never gonna happen and it shouldn't. Okay take that can reform and yes its all about the money but the roses are so much more than that they aren't some two bit boy band lacking real talent. I for one would be seriously dissapointed in them if the did it for the cash. Its about the music, and personally I dont think they'll be able to recapture what they did so brilliantly, the band split up for a reason so you wouldn't get that same feeling on stage again.

DylMarch 18th 2009.

No Reni, No roses...

DigMarch 18th 2009.

Got to say what a top guy Mani is. Met him and had a good chinwag with him in The Korova in Liverpool. He wasn't arsey or ignorant even though I did distract him from his d.j'ing duties.

John NuttallMarch 18th 2009.

It would seem that there's quite a lot of bitterness running through yourself, Anonymous, I wasn't involved in relacing either Reni or John with Robbie Maddix and Aziz Ibrahim but I'd worked with both of them for years and describing them as "wanabees not in the same league as Reni and John" is just stupid. They are both exceptionally talented musicians. A great band is formed by the synergy between certain individuals resulting in the whole being greater than the sum of the parts but the fact that the Roses wasn't the same band without John and Reni doesn't lessen their replacements.

NeilMarch 18th 2009.

Hey...I started my post saying that I wasn't diminshing his contribution and said that he wasn't key to the reunion - not the band. The fact is that it's Brown and Squire (sorry for putting an 's' on the end!) who supposedly detest one another and it's them who would have to 'bury the hatchet'. There you go...I stand by what I said!

duncan cassonMarch 18th 2009.

neil, step away from this rant now. all four members were integral. the band was a sum of the parts, hence the domino rally style collapse once he left. robbie maddix was good but no one gets near reni.

AnonymousMarch 18th 2009.

Well the reality is that if it ever happens make no mistake it would only be for the cash.....I will however be truly amazed if it does because the bitterness runs too deep here.And FFR any sentence that begins "not to diminish" always does exactly that...what actually diminishes any talk of a reunion if there is any credibility in reforming for cash is that the name of this band was kept alive using wanabees who weren't in the same league as John and Reni – if I remember correctly they didn't produce anything without them – so to say that Reni (or John) wasn’t integral to this band is laughable and to reform with the original line up after such a painful death would be sinful....they should never reform even if they could address their differences – no future performance of this band could ever replace my memories of them as they were – EVER!!!One last thing - it's a shame that Reni, such a talented musician has yet to have an illustrious solo career of his own....maybe he should get a new manager!!!!

Simon TMarch 18th 2009.

Not diminishing your contribution Neil, but the guitarist is called John Squire (not Squires). Reni's funky drumming flair was integral to the sound of the band.

nevergonnahappenMarch 18th 2009.

Did anyone get John Squire’s first solo album? No? What, no one? Well. He even wrote a song to Ian called I Miss You. You’d think that’d soften Mr Brown’s fierce heart but no. We'll just have to forever remember them as being brilliant rather than making some **** comeback album. Besides, FEAR isn't such a bad tune . . .

SaMarch 18th 2009.

So what is Reni doing now?

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