December 15, 2008 11:15

Mani says 2009 is the 'ideal time' for The Stone Roses to reunite

Bassist asks fans to 'start the campaign'

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The Stone Roses' former bassist Mani has said that he wants the band to reunite in 2009 - 20 years after they released their seminal self-titled debut album.

The bassist, who currently plays in Primal Scream, says that three-quarters of the band are happy to reunite, with only frontman Ian Brown yet to commit.

"Me, John [Squire, guitarist] and Reni [drums] are up for doing it and Ian just needs some working on," he told internet TV site Channelbee.

"Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first album. It's the ideal time to do it. It's something I would love to do before we are all fat and bald. Start the campaign."

As NME.COM reported in July, Mani previously stated that Brown was "dead set" against a Stone Roses reunion.

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