Manc legends stir into life

The Stone Roses have confirmed that they have signed new record deals with Universal Music and Columbia.

After years of speculation, rumour and false hopes The Stone Roses sensationally confirmed their reformation earlier this year. Since then, the band's every step has been followed by countless fans around the world.

Set to play three shows at Manchester's Heaton Park next summer, The Stone Roses have now signed two record deals. Announcing the news on their Facebook page, the seminal Manchester band wrote:

"The Stone Roses are pleased to announce that they have signed a record contract with Universal Music in London and with Columbia Records in New York."

The announcement has caused a flurry of speculation, with fans suggesting that the deal could refer to a potential live album drawing on their Heaton Park concerts. Of course, it may pave the way for 'The Third Coming'...

Meanwhile, director Shane Meadows has given an insiders view on the reformation. The film maker is constructing a documentary about the reformation, and has been tracing the group's every step.

ContactMusic reports that the director recently dismissed any suggestion that The Stone Roses had reformed for financial gain. "It goes way beyond that, because they're all f**king intelligent and very proud and they wouldn't go out there to the slaughter. I saw them rehearsing one verse of Bye Bye Badman for an hour yesterday. I looked at that and thought, 'They are taking this f**king seriously.'"

Shane Meadows is a long time friend of Ian Brown, having met the singer at an art gallery. "I thought, 'I'm going to have to go over and say hello, because he's my hero.' So I went up and said, 'Hi, my name's Shane and I used one of your songs in one of my films.' He went, 'F**king hell, you're Shane Meadows.' It was really lucky that he knew my stuff."

"Ever since then, we've kept in touch. He had a little cameo (as a policeman) in This Is England '86. I make no secret of the fact that the Stone Roses are my favourite band of all time. I'll be gutted if it doesn't come off."

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