Happy Mondays confirm they are reforming with original line-up for new live dates

Band will tour the UK in May, singer Rowetta Satchell has revealed

Happy Mondays have confirmed that they will be re-uniting with their original line-up and will tour in May.

Rumours of a Happy Mondays reunion first circulated in early December when a report claimed that they were set to reform for a full tour and documentary next year.

However, the band’s representative told NME that the group had no immediate plans to reform with their original line-up and insisted that although Ryder and his brother Paul were on better terms, it was a “bit of a leap” to suggest that the Happy Mondays had anything planned for 2012.

However, backing singer Rowetta Satchell has now confirmed that the band will undertake a month-long tour in May and that the reunion includes their full original line-up.

She told BBC News: “We want to put on a really good show. We decided it would only be special and work if it was the total, original line-up. We’re all really excited. They are my family these boys, I’ve really missed them and I’m sure they’ve missed each other.”

Satchell also confirmed that she would love to see the band support The Stone Roses when they play Heaton Park in Manchester this summer, but that it would be up to Ian Brown and co to decide that.

She said of this: “It’s up to the Roses. As long as we’ve not killed each other by then, we’d be up for it.”

Happy Mondays were originally discovered at a Battle Of The Bands at Manchester’s Hacienda in 1985 and went on to release the seminal albums ‘Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’, ‘Bummed’, and ‘Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches’ before disbanding after 1992’s ‘Yes Please!’.

Happy Mondays have reunited twice before, most recently in 2004, but without founding members Mark Day, Paul Davis, Rowetta Satchell and Paul Ryder. Paul had sworn he wanted nothing to do with the band again when they split for a second time in 2000.

The band have released five albums in total, with their most recent effort ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’ coming out in 2007.