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.
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.