Stone Roses to headline 2012 T in the Park concert

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The iconic Manchester rockers are to headline next year’s T in the Park concert scheduled for July 6-8.  After years of feuding the Stone Roses members announced they’re getting back together on October 11th this year.

Formed in Manchester in 1983 – one of the pioneering groups of the Manchester movement.

The iconic Manchester rockers are to headline next year’s T in the Park concert scheduled for July 6-8.  After years of feuding, the Stone Roses members announced they’re getting back together on October 11th this year.

Formed in Manchester in 1983 – one of the pioneering groups of the Manchester movement.

It’s been 22 years since the band released their seminal début album, ‘The Stone Roses’, in 1989 to extraordinary acclaim – Paul Weller of The Jam called it ‘perfect’.  The group did not release a follow-up album till 1994, ‘Second coming’ which didn’t achieve the success of the first, the band eventually split, much to the sadness of fans.

Following media speculation, it was announced on 18 October 2011 that the band had re-united and would perform two shows in Manchester in 2012 followed by a world tour.  They also plan to record a third album in the future.

Frontman Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bass player Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield and drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren are believed to have already signed the T in the Park concert deal.

This isn’t the first time T bosses have signed famous reformed groups offering big money and a big 85,000-strong crowd as enticements.  In 2010, Pulp, in 2010 Blur, in 2009, and The Verve played in 2007.

Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, 48, said: “The greatest show The Stone Roses ever played was at Glasgow Green, 1990, in my humble estimations – magical.”

The Stone Roses clearly still command huge popular appeal: the band just confirmed the addition of a third date to their 2012 summer gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park after selling all 150,000 tickets for the first two dates in just 14 minutes.

T organisers announced a batch of general release briefs for T will go on sale on December 2 – capped at 2011 prices.

T Festival boss Geoff Ellis said: “Once again we are securing some of the finest acts on the planet to perform before the world’s most passionate music fans.  Now is the time to secure tickets for 2012.”