As previously reported, the band have been spotted at Paul Epworth’s Church Studios in Crouch End, north London. One fan stated on social media that the group told her that new music could be coming “before June”, however both Mani and John Squire allegedly denied this by telling another punter in a pub nearby that they were merely “rehearsing for gigs”. It is worth noting that Church Studios is primarily a recording studio, not a rehearsal space.
NME took a trip to the studio in North London on Wednesday night (March 23) where Reni (real name Alan Wren) eventually turned up outside to pose for pictures with fans and sign autographs. When asked by NME if the band were recording a new album, he joked: “I’m recording,” before adding: “I can’t tell you anything because I’ll get my arse kicked”.
However, a representative for the band has now replied to NME‘s request for a response to the reports, saying “There’s no comment. Sorry not to be more help.”
Tabloid reports have claimed that the group’s long-awaited follow-up to 1994’s ‘Second Coming’ will arrive this summer to coincide with their upcoming live dates, which include four headline shows at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.
The Stone Roses’ bassist Mani said in 2013 that the band had been “working on a few bits” but there has been no official word on new music since then.
In addition to their Manchester headline shows, The Stone Roses have gigs lined up in Dublin, New York and Japan, as well as a headline slot at T In The Park.
See the Stone Roses’ current live schedule in full below.
Tokyo, Nippon Budokhan (June 2, 3)
Manchester, Etihad Stadium (June 15, 17, 18, 19)
New York, Madison Square Garden (June 30)
T In The Park (July 8)
Dublin, Marlay Park (July 9)