Is it really the end? Here’s more worrying news for Stone Roses fans

Pray for the fourth coming

Rumours of The Stone Roses‘ split continue to grow, as it looks as if the company they formed for touring is set to dissolve.

Earlier this year, rumours began to circulate that the band’s show in Glasgow would be their last, before comments made by frontman Ian Brown during the gig seemed to confirm that they had indeed come to an end once again. Then, it was confirmed that Brown was working on a new solo album.

Now documents on the Government’s Companies House show that ‘Second Touring Limited’ (which was set up by the band in 2015)  had its First Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off in October. This means unless contrary action is taken, the company will be struck off the register and dissolved on December 24.

A spokesman for The Stone Roses declined to comment when approached by NME.

Earlier this year Roses’ biographer, journalist and musician John Robb has revealed what he makes of the supposed split.

“It’s not official 100% confirmed that they’ve stopped, but it looks like they have, doesn’t it?” Robb told NME. “The thing about those guys, is that nothing is ever certain with The Stone Roses. That’s one of the things that made them such an interesting band.

“I love Manic Street Preachers, but there’s a certainty to them. That’s not a criticism of them, just that you know they’ll all be in the Manics for the rest of their lives. The thing about The Roses, is that from day one that band could have combusted at any moment. Their brilliance is so fleeting and hard to grasp, that it disappears. They get it in their hands, then they just let it go again.”

He added: “When they did grab it, god it was amazing. Last year when they played Manchester, it was just magical. They’re just such a fantastic and powerful band.”

The Stone Roses' Ian Brown

The Stone Roses’ Ian Brown

Speaking of fans’ hopes for new material, Robb said: “Between the four of them, there was a great third album in them. If they could have just made a record without caring about the pressure of expectation or commercial expectation. If they could have just jammed for 45 minutes, it would have been a great record.

“It was a wasted opportunity, but as Ian Brown said, at least it happened. No one ever thought that would happen again.”