HAPPY MONDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

[a]Shaun Ryder[/a] to reunite Madchester's finest for gigs next year...

HAPPY MONDAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Shaun Ryder is reforming THE HAPPY MONDAYS back together to play a series of shows in 1999.

Following the demise of Black Grape, Ryder has been offered a deal to reform the band that helped create the 'Madchester' scene of the late-'80s/early-'90s.

Ryder's friend, film-maker 'Too Nice' Tom Bruggen told NME: "He has had offers for reforming the Mondays involving enormous sums of money."

The Mondays split in February 1993 after the release of the poorly-received 'Yes Please' album and problems involving drugs, Bez breaking his arm in a car crash in Barbados and the bankruptcy of their record label, Factory. Ryder formed BLACK GRAPE soon after and released the Number one album 'It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah!' in August 1995. The follow-up, 'Stupid Stupid Stupid', was released in July 1997 and fared less well. At the end of the year Shaun sacked the band, although he never actually confirmed that Black Grape was defunct.

A close friend of Shaun's told NME: "Something is likely to happen next year. It is something that Shaun has talked about for a while. I know his agents have talked to a promoter who has put a deal to him.

"There is a large amount of people who never saw the Happy Mondays and who have been influenced by them and there is still a great deal of interest. Shaun is still a bit of an icon."

Ryder first hinted at the Mondays comeback in his weekly Daily Sport column, 'It's Great Talking Straight'.

He said: "I'm starting to miss the buzz of doing the music. I don't have to have the full line-up. For a start the keyboard player's out, the guitarist's out. "It'll be GAZ the original drummer, original me, original bass player PAUL RYDER and I don't know where BEZ stands, he'll probably want about 'pound;27million."

Ryder and Bruggen are currently working on their film project, Molly's Idle Ways, a movie about the underbelly of Manchester and described as "making Trainspotting look like Larry The Lamb". Bruggen, who directed the Black Grape documentary The Grape Tapes, is directing the film, with Shaun billed as a co-writer and star.

Is it "welcome back" or "what the Hell are you on,fool"? Will it be The Stone Roses next? What about the Paris Angels? How low can it go? Post a message on Angst![/url]

Have NME.COM news updates e mailed directly to you.

To subscribe, just fill in your e-mail.

Read More On This Artist

Happy Mondays Merchandise
More News
Marilyn Manson reveals his unique secrets to a good Christmas – watch
Lennon or McCartney? 550 celebrities including Arctic Monkeys weigh in – watch
Ghostface Killah performs live at Australian cafe Toastface Grillah – watch
Karen O says Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'are on a bit of a hiatus'
Paramore's Hayley Williams: 'There aren't enough heavy Christmas songs'
Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' becomes first song in UK history to break two million...
Madonna maintains that recent music leak was an act of 'terrorism'
Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno criticises 'pointless' Queen's speech
Brandon Flowers says The Killers 'lack a drive'
Wu-Tang's RZA: 'the chemistry in the group's not all that good right now'
Morrissey names London gig as his favourite from recent European tour
The Cure perform massive 40-song set at London Christmas show
Kate Bush attends marriage of Elton John and David Furnish
AC/DC's Phil Rudd: 'I want my job and my reputation back'
Lady Gaga thought to be working on new music with Nile Rodgers
X Factor winner Ben Haenow claims Official Christmas Number One
Kiss to collaborate on two songs with Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z
Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform first two albums live for DVD release
Q-Tip gives Iggy Azalea hip-hop history lesson in lengthy series of tweets
David Fincher to direct HBO show based on 1980s music video experiences
Questlove tells of years-long attempts to taste Patti LaBelle's cooking in new animated video
Hackers threaten to release Iggy Azalea sex tape snapshots

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM