Stone Roses to Reform? Please Don’t.

I am forever grateful that the Beatles and the Clash never succumbed to reunion pressure.  I wanted to remember them as they were at the peak of their powers, not as an imperect middle-aged reincarnation. I’ve seen too many reunion shows (Police, Sex Pistols, The Stooges, Blur) to want to be confronted by the effects of time on my idols.  And, by extension, on me, of course.

There is no need for a Stone Roses reunion.  They released a brilliant debut album in 1989 that is among the best first tries in the history of rock.  It propelled the bagginess of Madchester forward into the era of Britpop.  That music, that time, that feeling cannot be replicated.  

Yes, they got it wrong with the second album (albeit maybe not as wrong as once thought; time provided a chance for re-evaluation), but at least there was a dramatic story arc to their existence.  It was a wild run and a good one.

But once again rumours have surfaced about a reunion.  There’s an announcement of some kind coming Tuesday.  Reni, the former drummer, offered up this cryptic message to the NME:


Leave it alone.  Let the myth endure.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “Stone Roses to Reform? Please Don’t.

  • October 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Still getting over that awful appearance at some warehouse down on queens quay all those years ago, around the second coming. Whoever picked the venue should've been shot too!

  • October 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    One the one hand, it's best to preserve the mystique. On the otherhand…I'd give my left arm to see "I Am The Resurrection" performed live.

  • October 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Second Coming….should have been titled "Major Letdown". What will the 2012 tour be titled?

  • October 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    First, I love Second Coming, so whatever direction they run — I'm happy with it. Also since the Stone Roses, Ian Brown vastly improved his vocal talents. His solo career came up with some great pop tunes, though it sort of wore on me by the last album.

    Why would a reunion be great? It would keep John Squire from singing:


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