The Stone Roses‘ Ian Brown and John Squire reunited onstage for the first time in 16 years last night (December 2) – scroll down and click below to watch footage.
The Madchester legends’ singer and guitarist appeared as part of Mick Jones‘ Hillsborough Justice Campaign gig at Manchester’s Ritz venue, playing on versions of The Clash‘s ‘Bankrobber’ and ‘Armagideon Time’ and The Stone Roses‘ ‘Elizabeth My Dear’.
Squire and Brown hadn’t played onstage together since The Stone Roses‘ December 1995 UK tour, five months before Squire quit the band.
The Hillsborough Justice Tour aims to promote the campaign set up by the friends and family of the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. Last night’s gig also featured musical contributions from Jones, singer-songwriter Pete Wylie and Liverpool band The Farm.
Squire and Brown are due to play full band reunion gigs with The Stone Roses next summer, kicking off with an appearances at Sweden’s Hultsfred and Denmark’s NorthSide festivals, which take place on June 14-16 and June 15-17 respectively.
They will then play three huge homecoming gigs at Manchester’s Heaton Park on June 29, 30 and July 1, which sold out just over an hour after going on sale.
The band are also due to play T In The Park, Benicassim and Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, with appearances at V Festival in August also strongly rumoured.