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The Stone Roses confirm reunion

The Stone Roses have confirmed that they will reform for two shows in their home town Manchester next summer before embarking on a world tour 15 years after calling it a day.

Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary 'Mani' Mounfield and Alan 'Reni' Wren gave a press conference today at 3pm in London's Soho Hotel putting an end to mounting speculation that they were set to get the band back together.

The Stone Roses formed in 1983 in Manchester and recorded just two albums, 1989's classic self-titled debut and The Second Coming in 1994, before they split up in 1996.

The band's songwriters Brown and Squire fell out badly in the '90s and claimed that they would never work together again but they are reported to have patched up their differences at the recent funeral of bassist Mani's mother.

'Ian has been mulling over reaching out to John for a while now. A lot of water has gone under the bridge and everyone has grown up,' an source told The Sun.

'Ian has just gone through a tough time with a divorce and then Mani's mum's funeral brought everyone back under the same roof,' the source continued.

'It was an emotional reunion. There were no harsh words. It was a heartwarming breaking of bread. They had a lot to catch up on and have been in regular contact since.'

The Stone Roses will play two gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park on June 29 and 30 with a world tour to follow.

When quizzed about why they had decided to reform now the Brown replied: 'In times like this you can uplift people,' before adding the band have already started working on new material which they'll showcase next year.

See the link below to hear the press conference held earlier today.

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