Social media has gone into overdrive today as rumours circulate that The Stone Roses are set to make a big announcement.
The rumours started when people in Manchester started to spot mysterious posters of lemons – like the ones used in the artwork for the bands debut album – around the city.
Fans have noticed that the posters feature 16 lemons, which many have speculated refers to an announcement regarding 2016.
The posters have been seen in a barbers shop, cafes and a record store. One shopkeeper told the Manchester Evening News he had been “sworn to secrecy about an announcement due in the next 24 hours”.
The Stone Roses originally reformed for a triumphant reunion tour in 2012, and ever since there have been rumours about new material. Now it seems that fans’ long wait for a new Stone Roses album and another chance to see the band live will finally come to an end.
The word is that The Stone Roses will make an announcement at 7pm today, and that it is highly likely they will announce a new album – the follow-up to their disappointing 1994 album Second Coming – as well as full tour in support of their new material.
The rumours have also extended to what other Manchester bands may be involved, as both Liam Fray and Tim Burgess have been Tweeting about the lemons – could a big Manchester gig involving The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and The Courteeners be on the cards?
— Liam Fray (@What_Liam_Said) November 2, 2015
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) November 2, 2015
See more of the social media buzz below…
— Gordon Smart (@gordonsmart) November 2, 2015
— Matt Roche (@mattleroche) November 2, 2015
— Sarah Walters (@SarahCityLife) November 2, 2015