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The Stone Roses' Mani: 'I always knew our reformation would be popular'

And John Squire tells NME: 'I hope this erection has subsided a bit by June'

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The Stone Roses Mani has claimed he always believed that the band's reformation would be a success and revealed that "normal service has been resumed quickly" after the Madchester legends' reunion announcement earlier this month.

Speaking to NME, the bassist said he was "elated" about the reformation, which will see the band play three huge homecoming gigs in Manchester's Heaton Park next summer, the first shows the original line-up have played since splitting 15 years ago.

Mani commented:
[I knew] all we would have to do would be to play together, put gigs on sale and the people would come. I think this proves me right. I'm absolutely fucking elated. My missus is already spending all my money on shoes.


Singer Ian Brown said that he was "currently flying at an altitude of 50,000 feet", adding that there were "no words to describe the way I feel".

And guitarist John Squire also voiced his excitement at the reformation, remarking: "I just hope this erection has subsided a bit by next June."

The Stone Roses are rumoured to be following their Heaton Park gigs with festival dates at V Festival and T In The Park next year, while a supposed 'leaked' report on a fansite this morning (October 26) claimed that they will play a UK and Ireland arena tour later in the summer.

For a world exclusive interview with The Stone Roses about their preparations for the reunion gigs and how their "psychedelic" new songs are sounding, pick up this this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

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