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Screaming Of A White Christmas
As Primal Scream prepare for their massive Dublin O2 show on December 29, guitarist Andrew Innes reflects on losing Mani to the Roses, where to next for his own band, the brothers Gallagher and why he’s dying to work with Kevin Shields again.
Dave Hanratty, 19 Dec 2011
The reformation of The Stone Roses was, aside from the tragic death of Amy Winehouse, arguably the biggest music news story of 2011. Moments after her death was announced on Sky News, a several-minute long, carefully constructed, pre-prepared video package of Winehouse’s life was aired, confirming the morbid inevitability of the singer’s passing. Given that comebacks, reunions and tours based around much revered records have effectively become part of a band’s career arc, so too was there a touch of inevitability about the return of Ian Brown and co.
Rather than a shock to the system, the sight of Messrs Brown, Mounfield, Squire and Wren sitting side-by-side for the cameras had the feeling of a well-planned surprise party. While not a note of music has been offered up by The Roses 2011, the operation is already a hugely successful one. Along with the handshakes and smiles, there are significant figures at play here. One hour, 225,000 tickets sold and £12.3 million banked. And then there are the two record deals and future dates planned including a trip to Dublin next July to consider.
All good then. But for one member, things are slightly more complicated. Mani’s return to the band that made his name calls time on a 15-year stint with Primal Scream, lending a bittersweet touch to a year of celebration. The 20th anniversary of Screamadelica proved fruitful for the Scottish rockers, with fans lapping up the classic album in a live setting all across the globe. As Mani prepares to depart, his soon to be ex-bandmates are looking ahead to 2012 with optimism and excitement.
“These things tend to happen, don’t they?” ponders Scream mainstay Andrew Innes, his tone one of jovial acceptance. “As long as everyone is still alive, they tend to happen! I don’t know when we knew it was happening. We heard the rumours and they were keeping it quite tight, they must have had to sort a lot of business out. It’s going to be pretty good for them. They seem quite excited about it.”