We all knew this day was coming, but it’s still hard to hear. Guitarist John Squire has confirmed that The Stone Roses have officially broken up for a second time.
After splitting in 1996, the British rock greats first got back together 15 years later for a series of reunion shows. They continued to play together sporadically over the years, with short jaunts across Europe and North America. All the while there was the promise of a third album, with expectations heightened upon the release of two singles, “All for One” and “Beautiful Thing”, in 2016. It now looks like that project will never materialize, however.
Speaking with The Guardian about his new art show, Disinformation, Squire responded bluntly to a question about The Stone Roses being truly over and done with: “Yeah.”
He wasn’t eager to elaborate, seemingly peeved that interviews about his painting always derailed into getting “down to the serious business of finding out what the scoop is on the band.” “It was quite a brief period that gets a lot of attention still,” he added. “I was surprised at the level of support we got when we got back on stage.”
Possibly alluding to why the Roses are indeed dead, he did mention that frontman Ian Brown — with whom his many disagreements led to the band’s original dissolution — wasn’t invited to the art show. Bassist Gary “Manni” Mounfield was, however, though Squire wasn’t sure he’d actually show.