Fact: Reunited British rockers the Stone Roses have announced plans to play three U.K. shows next summer (17), including a megagig at London's Wembley Stadium on 17 June (17). The band is also rumoured to be headlining next year's (17) Glastonbury festival, but those reports remain unconfirmed.
Tweet: "Anyone from Gloucestershire needing a lift to heaton park tomorrow, I've just rented a 17 seater van. That's 12 spare seats." Pop star Lily Allen has hired a minibus to attend the Stone Roses' comeback concerts in Manchester, England this weekend (29Jun12-01Jul12) - and she wants fans to join her for the trip.
Fact: Reformed British rockers the Stone Roses thrilled hardcore fans at their gig in Lyons, France on Monday night (25Jun12) by playing their eponymous 1989 debut album in its entirety for the first time on their reunion tour.
Fact: A 20-year-old piece of art by Stone Roses rocker John Squire is set to be auctioned off as part of a huge music memorabilia sale in England. The black, white and beige painting, in the style of artist Jackson Pollock, stems from the band's heyday in the late 1980s. It will be put under the hammer alongside Elvis Presley's teeth mould and Alan MCGee's rock collection in Manchester on Saturday (25Feb12).
Fact: Moviemaker Shane Meadows will document the Stone Roses' reunion shows in 2012. The This Is England and TwentyFourSeven director will follow the band as they prepare to play three shows at Manchester's Heaton Park next summer, according to The Sun.
Quote: "Musicians have to bring home the bacon (money) as well - they've got families. I see no reason why they shouldn't get back together." Eighties icon Adam Ant on the recent reunions of British bands the Stone Roses and Steps.
Quote: "I'd love the Roses to get back, play that album and make a s**tload of money for themselves, because I'm sure they didn't make that much (before). Do some great f**king gigs, see what the reaction is and go make a new record... Apparently, Ian Brown's worried about singing but he wouldn't even have to - we'd (the fans) sing it for him." British rocker Liam Gallagher wants to see the Stone Roses reunite.
Quote: "I think it's about money. I could always ring (bassist) Mani and say, 'Let's get the band back together', but if I said, 'Let's do it and give the money to kids' charities', would he still want to do it? I don't think they would." Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown is convinced his ex-bandmates would only reunite for personal profit.
Quote: "At the end of it, we did feel like we'd made a bit of history that day. There were strong vibes going around. We felt like we'd arrived." Ian Brown has fond memories of the Stone Roses' legendary gig at Spike Island in north England, on the 20th anniversary of the open-air show (27May10).
Quote: "I've not had any alcohol in 11 years, I've not had a class A (drug) in 20 years. I smoke marijuana occasionally but only when it's dark... I never sit up talking s**t all night and forget what I was saying the next say." Former Stone Roses star Ian Brown on his cleaner-living lifestyle.
Quote: "My kids have started selling posters of me on eBay. They get me to sign them and then sell them online for £10. It saves me having to give them money!" Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown's children are cashing in on his fame, selling items online for $15 a go.
Fact: The artwork created by Stone Roses guitarist John Squire to dismiss rumours of a reunion is set to go on sale in London next month (Jul09). The piece, which featured a message confronting speculation about a comeback, will be auctioned off on 1 July (09).
Fact: Paul Weller and former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon have enlisted the help of ex-Stone Roses bassist MANI and Oasis drummer Zak Starkey to perform tracks from their new special edition single on a British TV chat show. The supergroup will play on FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS later this week (06Jul07).
Fact: Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown's first job was as a hotel porter in Manchester, England. He was paid $1.75 (GBP1) per hour for duties including skinning cows' tongues and waking up businessmen who were lying in wait naked for chambermaids.