After the Second Coming of their second album, the third coming with their reunion in 2012, the Stone Roses have now revealed their fourth coming.
Although rumours had been swirling all through Monday that the Manchester band would be announcing a new album – their first since 1994 – with well-placed sources having hinted to the Guardian that the group had been recording again, the announcement at 7pm proved to be the slightly anticlimactic news of three shows.
The group will play two hometown shows at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City, on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June, and will headline T in the Park on Friday 8 July. Tickets for the Manchester shows go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 6 November.
The initial reunion tour spanned 38 shows over 2012 and 2013, but it didn’t take long for cracks to appear in the band. As early as the fourth show, in Amsterdam, singer Ian Brown told the crowd that drummer Reni was a “cunt” and that he had left the venue rather than play an encore.
However, public demand to see them was immense. The 150,000 tickets for the first two of their three shows in Heaton Park, Manchester, sold out within 14 minutes of going on sale. A third show sold out almost as quickly.