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May, 23

Stone Roses in surprise comeback

Stone Roses in surprise comeback

Reunited band The Stone Roses are preparing to make their live comeback with a surprise low-key show, after an absence of 16 years.

Fans were alerted to the show in Warrington through the band's website and were allocated tickets if they turned up with a record sleeve, t-shirt or ticket for one of their forthcoming gigs.

The gig at the town's Parr Hall is just a few miles from Spike Island where the band played one of their most famous shows.

The quartet had been due to make a rather more high profile UK return next month with sell-out shows at Manchester's Heaton Park, although the actual reunion would have taken place in Spain a few days earlier.

The group announced the 1,000-capacity "very special warm up show" through their website, telling fans there would be a "short set".

The band's debut album, released in 1989, is often hailed as one of the greatest debuts of all time. They followed it up five years later but the group fell apart in 1996, a year after guitarist John Squire had left the band.

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