Fools Gold! Rumours persist on the Stone Roses reunion.

Some things are better left alone!  An old school friend, a club where you use to get your kicks, a restaurant that once served your favourite dish.  Fond memories of a bygone age have a way of manifesting and re-imagining, entwined with the visceral energy of youth and the excitement of limitless possibilities.  Music, always the soundtrack to these wide-eyed times, with our favourite bands becoming our cosmic comrades, leading us to the forbidden fruit while simultaneously becoming our heroes, forever held in reverence.

Some bands are lucky.  An important/founding member dies before they get the chance to reform, sanctifying the legacy before the band can forever tarnish the youthful elixir and spirit that once made them the zeitgeist of their generation.  Dying young creates a myth that can’t be unravelled, however many people try.  No deaths, then split the band at the height of their youthful lustre, the more people it upsets the better!  They become frozen like a snapshot in halcyon times.  People love nostalgia, especially when looking back at their favourite band.

With persistent rumours about The Stones Roses reforming, speculation is rife that they’re going to make an announcement next Tuesday 18 October, it feels pertinent to ask the question, should they sell their soul for a pot of gold?

Clearly playing live is the raison d’être for most bands, now the main cash cow and the ultimate test of virtuosity.  For reforming bands that have famously fallen out acrimoniously the thought of performing together again after so many years is usually inspired by one thing, money!  The Roses can’t possibly re-live the energy fuelled excesses of their youth, or hope to rehash the crowning glory of their heightened success.  The musical landscape once belonged to them, 20 years ago, now it is a bitterly cynical terrain.  Failure to better their past glories will result in humility, embarrassment and at worst, dejection.  The rose-tinted spectacles will shatter to reveal a band that sounded, most of the time, a lot better on record than in the flesh.  Leave those memories alone, leave the legend intact.


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