WREN AT WORK

Alan 'Reni' Wren's new band The Rub have announced a Macclesfield gig...

THE RUB, the band formed by ex-STONE ROSES drummer ALAN ‘RENI’ WREN are to make their live debut at a low-key show at BAR CUBA in MACCLESFIELD.

The band, whose UK tour dates were revealed on NME.COM last week, will precede the tour with a warm-up show at the venue on March 13. Tickets are on sale now, priced #8.50.

Reni is the lead singer of The Rub. The then drummer and backing vocalist quit the Roses in April 1995, a move which other band members later admitted was the beginning of the end for the band.

The Rub’s line-up was completed recently with the addition of bassist Neil Nisbet, who joins drummer Mick Grant, guitarist Casey Longden and Reni on guitars and lead vocals.

John Nuttall, manager of The Rub, told NME.COM: “They want to play live for a bit, get the band gelled up as a working unit. We don’t want any of those ‘Second Coming’ three-years-to-make-an-album jobs. They’re not signed yet but they may do an Ian Brown – do the album themselves and present it to a label.”

He added: “With the Roses, a lot of the attention was focused on Ian Brown and John Squire, even though Reni was contributing a lot. Now he wants to make his own statement. It doesn’t sound like anything else. There’s a West Coast influence, multiple harmonies – it’s definitely rock.”

John Leckie, producer of The Stone Roses’ eponymous debut album, has also been in talks about producing The Rub.

Nuttall told NME.COM: “John Leckie’s at the stage where he can do the projects he wants to do. It’s not definite, but he obviously goes back a long way with Reni.”

With Reni out of the public eye for some years, mystery surrounds his relationship with his old band-mates and even his appearance.

“He looks uncannily like he did,” Nuttall said. “He was certainly in contact with Mani over Christmas. I don’t see a reformation happening. Ian has a successful solo career, John seems to be in limbo, Mani is busy with Primal Scream and Reni will definitely want to get his own stuff out and about. It could only ever happen if someone happened to ask when they were all on good terms.”

The Rub’s tour dates are: Macclesfield Bar Cuba (March 13)

Leeds Rocket (18)

Glasgow King Tuts (19)

Manchester University (20)

Birmingham Academy (21)

London Underworld (23)

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