BLACKPOOL ROCKS!

The star kicks off his next UK tour in a venue very close to his heart...

Ian Brown has announced details of a UK tour for 2005 – and it kicks off at a venue with a special place in his heart.

The five-date jaunt begins at Blackpool Empress Ballroom on March 24 – scene of a legendary gig by the star’s old band The Stone Roses back in 1989.

The dates are at:

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (March 24)

Bridlington Spa (25)

Brighton Centre (26)

Edinburgh Corn Exchange (28)

Birmingham Academy (29)

Tickets are on sale from Saturday (November 27) at 9.30am. For availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

At a one-off show in July, and on his last UK tour in October, [a][/a]’s performed a host 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.”