The Stone Roses have shared their first new music in 21 years. ‘All For One’ is the tantalising first taste of new music from the Manchester legends behind classics like ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘I Am The Resurrection’, and their last single ‘Begging You’, released all the way back in 1995. 21 years on, we’ve got ‘All For One’, but now we want to know more: what else is happening with the Roses? When’s the rest of their new material coming? Will we hear any of it on their upcoming dates? Let’s have a look…
When are The Stone Roses releasing new music?
Reports suggest it’ll be before their gigs at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in mid-June. This places the possible release date at any time between May 20 and June 10. What’s the strongest evidence that an album will arrive before these Etihad gigs? Surprisingly, it’s Noel Gallagher, who has said he won’t go to see them live this summer unless there’s new material. He previously hinted that the band were “blooming” in October 2015, right before it was announced they were playing shows in 2016 – and he recently saw Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown at a local supermarket.
How do we know it’s a whole album? A source spoke to The Mirror recently, telling them, “Ian Brown and the lads have been busy getting their next album ready. It will be album number three. It’s a long time coming but they feel the time is right now. They’ve been back in the studio. Everyone is very excited about it.” Tabloid reports have been wrong before, but we want to believe this one.
Do we know the tracklist?
Not yet, but we’ll keep you updated. We’d take a punt and say it opens with ‘All For One’.
Have we heard any songs from it yet?
Yes – ‘All For One’, which they debuted on the radio at 8pm on May 12. Fans are having mixed reactions to it, but you can see it being a massive live hit at the Etihad gigs.
Then there are a few unreleased tracks we know about. It’s unlikely they’d dredge these up, but there’s always the possibility:
‘The Sun Still Shines’, a demo from 1986
‘Boy On A Pedestal’, recorded at a 1986 rehearsal
Live track ‘Your Time Will Come’, recorded in 1987
‘Pearl Bastard’, a demo which came with the 20th anniversary version of their debut album
What will it sound like?
In the words of Ian Brown: “Glorious”. That’s what he said when we spoke to him about it in March:
Then there’s the producer: Paul Epworth produced ‘All For One’, and might have produced more new tracks in the sessions the band had at the Church Studios in Crouch End, north London back in March. Epworth is a hitmaker, with production and writing credits with Adele, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Primal Scream and Crystal Castles. ‘All For One’ can’t indicate the sound of an entire album, but if he’s producing more, Epworth’s smooth sound is likely to make more of a mark.
Are they touring this year?
Yes. Reni recently fractured two of his ribs and the band were forced to cancel their appearance at the Tokyo venue Budokan on June 2 & 3). But their Etihad Stadium gigs (June 15, 17, 18 & 19) are still on, and they’re playing Scottish festival T in the Park too in July. They also have sets at New York’s Madison Square Garden at the end of June and Ireland’s Longitude Festival at the beginning of July.