Stone Roses Pull Out of Glastonbury Festival

ATN London correspondent Stuart Green reports: As expected, the Stone Roses

have been forced to postpone all dates planned

for the rest of June and July following the broken collarbone and shoulder

blade sustained by guitarist John Squire (see ATN news June 7 and June 8).

The band will not

now be making their much anticipated headline appearance at the Glastonbury

Festival on Saturday June 24. The ten date tour of Japan planned to occupy

the rest of June and the month long tour of the U.S. scheduled for July have

both been postponed until Squire recovers.

The guitarist was injured on June 2 after he fell off a mountain bike

whilst riding in Marin County, north of San Francisco. He returned home to

Manchester last Wednesday, June 7, where he was seen by various doctors,

including Manchester United Football Club's former physician, Jim McGregor.

The

collective prognosis is that Squire will need at least four to six weeks to

recover after undergoing an operation that involves re-breaking the broken

shoulder blade so that it can be set correctly.

It had been hoped that he would be able to play the planned dates sitting

(and thus not having to use his shoulder to support the weight of his guitar)

but it was not to be. Bassist Mani despondently commented: "Glastonbury is

something that we've been looking forward to all year. It's absolutely

devastating to have to pull out, but shit happens. Our prime aim is to get

John fit and well and working for later in the summer." The band

have yet to pull out of their appearance at the Feile in Dublin on August 6.

In the meantime, various rumors are floating about as to who will replace

Manchester's finest at Glastonbury. Although it is yet to be officially

confirmed, a well-placed source told ATN that Page and Plant have

definitely been added to the bill. It is unlikely, however, that they will

simply replace the Roses as negotiations for the ex-Zep men's appearance

have been underway for at least two weeks. Still, a more than adequate

replacement one couldn't find methinks.