Talk of a Stone Roses’ reunion may have been no more than fools’ gold, as the band’s guitarist roundly dismissed the idea today.
John Squire posted a message on the front page of his website saying: “I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the memory of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses – 18.3.09”.
Earlier this week it was reported the band had agreed to reform to play a 21-date tour this summer to mark the 20th anniversary of their legendary self-titled debut album.
Squire created the artwork for the album and several of the group’s single sleeves, and is now an artist full time.
Today’s message was scrawled across a photo of one of his latest works, a steel sculpture called Civilian.
The Stone Roses were one of the leading bands of the “Madchester” scene of the late 80s and early 90s and their debut CD, featuring hits including I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums and I Am The Resurrection is often cited as one of the greatest albums of all time.
A new deluxe edition of the album, which was first released in March 1989 and has been remastered by original producer John Leckie, is due for release later this year.
The four-piece split acrimoniously in 1996, and singer Ian Brown and guitarist Squire are rumoured not to have spoken since.
Squire’s message can be seen on his website www.johnsquire.com, and from next Monday he will be auctioning some of his artwork to raise money for the War Child charity.