IAN BROWN has slammed bands who reunite purely to cash in on their past – insisting no amount of money will entice him to reform the STONE ROSES.
The singer, who is due to play a set at this weekend’s (29-30Aug09) Reading and Leeds music festivals in Britain, was rumoured to be getting back with his former Fools Gold bandmates earlier this year (09).
But he blasted the reports he was to rejoin Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, John Squire and Alan ‘Reni’ Renn for a series of concerts – insisting he is planning to work on his solo material.
Shortly after, Mounfield urged Brown and guitarist Squire, who also refuses to regroup, to consider the large sum they could net by touring again.
The bass player insisted his former group mates would change their minds – if they were offered enough money.
But Brown has ruled out a reunion, telling rock mag NME: “Maybe if you see me begging on the streets you might find me doing The Stone Roses the next day. We did it (formed a band) because we wanted to change the world, we didn’t do it because we wanted to be millionaires.”
And he insists he is not against all groups reforming: “I was glad when the Sex Pistols got back because they never really got paid.”