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Stone Roses star says no reunion

By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News

John Squire statement
The original artwork will feature in Squire's latest solo exhibition

Former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire has used one of his own artworks to end speculation that the band are planning a comeback.

Squire, now an artist, has superimposed a statement onto one of his latest steel exhibits.

It said: "I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses."

Earlier this week, the Mirror newspaper claimed the band had agreed to play 21 comeback shows.

The Stone Roses were one of the most revered bands of the late 1980s and '90s, with their debut album still regarded as one of the landmark releases of British guitar music.

The denial was added to a photograph of the artwork, called Civilian, from his Luggage series.

John Squire: "I'd rather live my life than attempt to rehash it"

Speculation about a Stone Roses reunion has resurfaced ahead of the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut.

The album has recently been remastered by its original producer John Leckie and a deluxe anniversary edition will be issued in the UK in June.

The guitarist also designed the iconic cover for the debut, which came out in May 1989.

The group's second album came out in 1994 and Squire left the group in 1996, with the band finally dissolving several months later.

Squire went on to form The Seahorses and release two solo albums, but switched his attention to art in 2004.

John Squire
Squire's design for a recent War Child album will be auctioned on eBay

He will hold a major solo exhibition in Oldham from July to September, before taking it to Austria and Tokyo.

He also created the artwork for War Child Music's recent Heroes album cover, and his original painting will be auctioned for the charity on eBay from Monday.

Since the group split, singer Ian Brown has forged a successful solo career and bassist Mani has become a member of Primal Scream.

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