The Stone Roses reunion has been going so well that the band are beginning to work on new material and are talking about releasing a new album in 2013, according to tabloid reports.
The three sellout dates at Heaton Park showed that there is still a huge fanbase for the Roses, and the shows have met with broadly positive reviews. Up to now though the live sets have been entirely drawn from their back catalogue.
When they reunited though they did sign a new two-album deal with Universal Records. The Sun reports that Ian Brown and John Squire have been coming up with new material.
"John and Ian have been sending each other ideas for over a year now," a source told the paper. "During rehearsals they have tried some new songs and really felt that the old magic was still there with the songwriting. They have decided they will give it another spin with new music next year."
In the meantime the Roses play several more prestigious live dates. They headline the V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire, and also play the Tennents Vital festival in Northern Ireland. There are rumours that they will play a low-key show in association with adidas as part of the Olympic celebrations.
In light of the news about a new Roses record, it will be interesting to see whether any new songs feature in the setlists in the festival shows or whether they will rely on the old favourites. The album, if it happens, would be the band’s third in 25 years. Steady on boys, don’t work too hard.