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Reunited Stone Roses tipped to play Slane

THE Stone Roses are being looked at as a possible headline act for Slane, the Herald has learned.

The legendary Manchester band, who yesterday announced their comeback after 15 years apart, will play Ireland next year as part of their 'resurrection'.

The four-piece group, who defined the sound for a generation of music fans, fell out and broke up in 1996 after their Second Coming album.

Yesterday in London they announced that they have put their differences behind them and will embark on a tour next year.

They promised new songs for fans and have already confirmed that they are due to take to the stage at Manchester's Heaton Park on June 29 and 30, 2012.

Promoters of the Roses Irish gigs, MCD, wouldn't comment today but senior industry sources said Slane is being considered.

"I don't know if Slane is even big enough for one gig, given the massive reaction since the announcement yesterday," said the insider.

It has been reported that the hit group -- now in their 40s -- are considering looking at a number of Irish venues.

Slane Castle is the biggest venue available and would happily accommodate 80,000 fans for what would undoubtedly be a sell-out.

After the announcement of the reunion, The Stone Roses Frontman Ian Brown said that they've "still got it" as performers and that in times like this they can "uplift people."

Bass player of the English foursome Gary 'Mani' Mounfield said: "There's something magical happens when us four are in a room together. You can't put your finger on it. It's just so beautiful to get hold of it again."

Guitarist John Squire famously left the group in 1995 after tensions rose within the band, during the five year gap between albums.

The band -- whose first album was released in 1989 and saw massive success -- broke up in 1996, following a string of line-ups and a poorly received show at Reading Festival.

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