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Stone Roses reunion story denied

By Georgie Rogers
6 Music News reporter

The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses formed in 1984

Ian Brown's label, John Squire and a Stone Roses biographer all say rumours of a 21-date reunion tour are untrue.

According to an article in the Daily Mirror, the band were to reform to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of their seminal debut.

But frontman Ian Brown is focusing on his solo career, while John Squire is concentrating on his art exhibitions.

"I guess the 20th anniversary of the album has got folk speculating," said a spokeswoman for the former guitarist.

The statement added: "John Squire has just completed another exhibition in London and has plans to take it to Japan in July. Right now this is his priority. "

A spokeswoman at Brown's label Fiction/Polydor said: "We know nothing about this. Ian is working on his new studio album which is due out later this year."

The Stone Roses split up in 1996. A re-mastered version of their debut album, The Stone Roses, is being released this summer.

John Robb, author of The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop, told BBC 6 Music: "As far as I know the Roses aren't getting back together again."

Talking about his latest contact with the band, Robb said: "The way they were talking, the situation hadn't changed to what it was two or three years ago."

He added that Primal Scream bassist Mani - real name Gary Mounfield - wasn't opposed to a reunion.

"I spoke to Mani three days ago," said Robb. "He's saying he'd love to get the Roses back together again... so either it's an elaborate triple bluff or it's just wishful thinking."

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