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The Stone Roses reunion: 'It's not about the money'

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The Stone Roses have brushed off suggestions that they have reformed for the money.

Guitarist John Squire, frontman Ian Brown, drummer Alan 'Reni' Wren and bassist Gary 'Mani' Mounfield confirmed rumours of a comeback at a London press conference today.

Ian Brown in Holland Park, London, 2009

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John Squire during a Stone Rosees performance at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge in 1995

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Asked if the money had been a key factor in the reunion, Brown told Digital Spy: "The money's always been on the table.

"We could have took that money any time we wanted - every year, two, three times a year we've had offers, all the way down the line."

Of his comments in 2009 that Squire and Brown would set aside their differences should enough money be offered, Mani added: "That was me being flippant. It's never been about the money.

"I've been out constantly on tour for 15 years since the Roses finished and I get stopped at every city of every country in the world every day and I'm asked by people, 'Will it happen?'

"People have got dreams that they want to see happen and it'd be nice to satisfy their dreams and get it done, cos I'm f**king sick of being asked that question and answering it. Simple as that!"

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Asked what had changed since his unambiguous Statement that he would not "desecrate the grave" of the band, Squire said: "Everything changed when me and Ian started seeing each other again.

"It was surreal, we went from crying, laughing about the old days to writing sounds in a hearbeat. I think in someways it's a friendship that defines us both, and it needed fixing. So there is no grave."

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