The Stone Roses‘ forthcoming reunion gigs have been sold out in little over one hour.
Two gigs had been planned at Manchester’s Heaton Park, but after release they were sold out in 14 minutes and a third date was added.
A total of 220,000 tickets, priced at £55, were sold within 68 minutes of the booking lines opening, illustrating the popularity of the band and the excitement at their return.
NME.com reported that many of the tickets have been bought by touts who are selling them online. eBay has a number of tickets that are already achieving bids of hundreds of pounds, with fans eager to see the band reform.
According to promoters, the band has broken a record with the fastest-selling rock gig in the UK.
“We plan on spending the rest of the day jumping up and down with our hands in the air,” singer Ian Brown said at the news.
Brown, along with guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni, announced the end to their 15-year riff with the decision to reform for the Manchester gigs, followed by a world tour.
They will play at the open-air gigs on June 29th to July 1st, performing tracks from their hugely successful two albums, The Stone Roses and Second Coming. They could also possibly play new tracks after the band hinted that they could record a third album.
Announcing their decision to reform at a press conference last week (October 18th), Brown said: “I think we’re great and I think we’ve still got it and I think we’ve got something to give to people. And I think in times like this we can uplift people.”
He added that the band will continue like they did the first time around in the 1980s and early 90s by “[riding] it ’til the wheels come off”.
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