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Stone Roses's third album could be released soon

The Stone Roses in 2011
The Stone Roses in 2011 Credit: Getty Images

After more than two decades, The Stone Roses might be releasing their long-awaiting third album in the next few months.

The band have reportedly been in the recording studio, ahead of this summer's handful of live dates that were announced in November.

A source told The Mirror: "Ian Brown and the lads have been busy getting their next album ready. It will be album number three.

“It’s a long time coming but they feel the time is right now. They’ve been back in the studio. Everyone is very excited about it.”

The Stone Roses released their last album, The Second Coming, in 1994, and split up shortly afterwards. Even their sophomore effort kept fans waiting for five years: a legal dispute with their record label meant no new material was released after their debut in 1989. 

The third album has been hinted at for the past couple of years. In 2013, Stone Roses bassist Mani promised it would arrive two years later, saying the band had been "working on a few bits", the results of which would be seen in "2015, man, 2015."

But, also speaking in 2013, bandmate John Squire had said a new record would take "about five years" to complete. 

It would make sense for a third album to arrive this summer. Stone Roses fans were excited when the band's iconic lemon poster appeared around Manchester in November, and the band will play in stadiums in Manchester and Dublin and T in the Park festival in July. 

The Stone Roses's representative offered no comment.