Formed in Manchester during the early 80's by vocalist Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, The Stone Roses were one of the most influential rock bands to come out of the "Madchester Baggy scene;" a lively Manchester music scene which emerged from mixing indie rock, psychedelic and dance music.
Formed in Manchester during the early 80's by vocalist Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, The Stone Roses were one of the most influential rock bands to come out of the "Madchester Baggy scene;" a lively Manchester music scene which emerged from mixing indie rock, psychedelic and dance music. Although the band's members changed several times, the definitive line-up consisted of Ian Brown, John Squire, Alan "Reni" Wren on drums, bassist Pete Garner and Gary "Mani" Mountfield on rhythm guitar. Before splitting in 1996, they released 2 successful albums, garnered a massive cult following and helped to define a new era in British pop music. Today they are credited as being a major musical influence for some of the biggest British pop rock bands around.
In their early days The Stone Roses had an aggressive, punky sound and their influences ranged from The Clash and The Sex Pistols to Manchester band Slaughter and the Dogs. They had a dedicated following in Manchester, but were considered unfashionable and somewhat uncouth by the local music scene at the time. But after spending some time gigging and experimenting with sounds, The Stone Roses eventually garnered national acclaim and attention in the late eighties with their eponymous debut album The Stone Roses. The album was extremely well received at the time and is now considered to be a British classic. NME listed it at the top of their ranking of "Greatest Albums of All Time." Songs such as "Fools Gold," "Made of Stone" and "She Bangs the Drums" were extremely popular and helped to cement their cult status. In 1994, the band released their second album Second Coming. The album was much different from their first as it was influenced heavily by dark blues-rock. Its single "Love Spreads," reached number 2 in the UK charts and although well received by fans, the album failed to garner the acclaim that their debut had done.
In 1996, the band officially dissolved. However, last year, following much intensified media speculation, The Stone Roses called a press conference on 18 October 2011 to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion tour of the world in 2012, including three homecoming shows in Manchester. Their reforming has been noted as one of the best Rock n' Roll reunions in history.