MONKEY BUSINESS

Ex-Stone Roses star goes out on tour, but will there be songs from his old band?…

Ian Brown has announced details of a UK tour – his first since playing STONE ROSES songs again.

The star will play a six-night, three-city tour in October, in support of his new album ’Solarized’. The album is released on September 13, with a single ’Keep What Ya Got’, a collaboration with Noel Gallagher following a week later (September 20).

The dates are at:Glasgow Academy (October 14-15)

Manchester Apollo (18-19)

London Brixton Academy (21-22)

The tour will be the first since [a][/a]’s now legendary set at the Claremont Landscape Garden, where he performed a full set of Stone Roses songs for the first time since the band’s split in 1996.

Speaking recently to NME, he explained why. He said: “The reason I did it was because kids were coming up to me pissed off that John Squire was out playing them on his tour and they were saying ‘He’s butchering them’. So I thought, ‘He’s not doing it for the people, he’s just doing it for himself’. I did it for the people. I thought it’d be a buzz for them. Out of respect I’ve never played the Roses tunes, out of respect to John, Mani and Reni. I’ve wanted to do my music, standing on my own two feet. I’ve deliberately not done any Roses tunes. I feel like I’ve established myself as a music maker in my own right. If he (Squire) hadn’t played those tunes I don’t know if I would’ve done. He’s got no respect because we had to beg (Squire) to play ‘Fools Gold’. I think we only ever played it about three times. So I thought, in that case, I’ll bring it back for the people.”

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