’Madchester’ legends the Stone Roses to reunite

LONDON (AP) — The Stone Roses, one of the best-loved and most influential bands to emerge from Britain’s “Madchester” scene, say they are reuniting.

The band members, who split in 1996 after releasing two albums, say they will begin a world tour in their hometown of Manchester in June.

Singer Ian Brown said Tuesday that “our plan is to take on the world.”

Formed by Brown and guitarist John Squire, the band’s self-titled 1989 debut album was a huge British hit. But fans waited five years for the followup, “Second Coming,” and the group soon split amid internal wrangling and legal disputes.

The band’s blend of rock, pop, psychedelia and dance influences made it one of the biggest acts to emerge from the “Madchester” scene centered on the northwest England city of Manchester.

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