Oh, I know! It's the reunion of the Stone Roses, and the best-line-up: Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni (I wonder if Reni still wears that hat)!
A few days ago, Stone Roses announced the end of their 15 year split - at a press conference described only as "a special press conference for a very important announcement."
The band's influenced many artists (at an early Stone Roses gig in May 1988, a 16-year old in the audience was so into it that he started a band. That kid was Liam Gallagher), and were pioneers who helped mould the music scene called Madchester in the mid to late 80s and early 90s (the music was a blend of dance music and psychedelic and alternative rock) yet they only released TWO studio albums: their self-titled one in 1989 (considered as the seminal record of Madchester, and as being highly responsible for the mid 1990s resurrection of British guitar music that came to be known as Britpop), and then Second Coming five years later in 1994.
I'm not the only person who did cartwheels when she found out they'd gotten back together: Stone Roses obliterated the record for gig sales in the U.K. after all 240-thousand tickets for their comeback concerts sold out on Friday. Within seconds of the shows going on sale on Friday, the three official websites providing tickets crashed because of demand - and 14 minutes later, their June 29th and June 30th shows at the 80-thousand capacity venue Heaton Park in Manchester had sold out. After those ones sold-out that quickly, a third was added, and those tickets were gone within 15 minutes...which means the Stone Roses sold 240-thousand tickets in less than an hour - smashing the record held by Oasis (ironic, hey?), who took a day to sell all 250-thousand tickets for their shows at Knebworth in 1996. Oh, those poor Brothers Gallagher...
Ireland's next, and then...the band should announce a full tour, and you KNOW I'm waiting for that one. And they're writing new material, so their shows will be a mix of new stuff and the classics...like this:
This brings me to new music...and the influence that Stone Roses continues to have on new bands. The band Male Bonding is put in the 'punk' category, but I didn't hear much of that when I listened to their new album, Endless Now. What I hear is along the lines of that 80s defintion of 'alternative rock', shoegaze...and yeah, I heard a bit of Stone Roses and the whole Madchester influence, too.
Here's new Male Bonding "Before It's Gone" from their new, second album Endless Now:
If you're familiar with the band Ride, then you'll hear similiarities to them, too.
And of course, there's a connection in here: Andy Bell was the singer for Ride, then went on to form Hurricane #1. He then became the bass player for Oasis, but is NOW playing guitar for Beady Eye - Liam Gallagher's new band (Liam and Noel fighting again; what's new).