The War of the Roses is on. Responding to recent comments by John Squire, who branded his former Stone Roses singer a "tuneless knob" and a "paranoid mess", Ian Brown shot back saying his former Roses partner is jealous of his solo success. Brown was on 6 Music radio laying it down: "For me, right, he split up the best band in the country at the time, the Roses, and he went on to do what? Nothing. Nothing to write home about, so he must be a bit bitter because he's got to watch me steaming forward. There's no stopping it, I announce shows and they're gone in a day. It must be killing the kid. They say he was the best guitarist of his generation, which I think he is. Was. I hear his music now and what's happened to his guitar playing?"
Preach on, brother. Sort of like Johnny Marr and Morrissey. Brown continued, "All I know is that when he was stood next to me he had pure success. Since he's been apart he's had nothing." He explained: "Do you know how that came about? Someone sent me a CD of a John Squire solo gig and he was playing a few Roses tunes. Man, it was poor. I didn’t think he had the right to do that to the tunes, you know, cos he was singing them as well. I don’t think you can step up to the mic aged 40 and cut it." I've heard the tunes and his voice is a mixture of bad Bob Dylan and the Christopher Guest character from A Mighty Wind. Not good.
"I didn’t think it was right, cos out of respect to the other three lads I’d never played any Roses tunes. I wanted to stand on my own two feet, so I kept away from the Roses and I just did my own thing, but when I heard that CD I thought ‘That’s out of order.' I thought, ‘If he ain’t got the respect then I’m not gonna have none no more so I’m gonna play them myself now.'
Ian has indeed added Roses classics to his live set and has even gone so far as to include a tribute band to join him when he plays New York City on February 26. For all those who cherish the Stone Roses I say this: Where do you want to be when the first chords of "Sally Cinnamon" kick in followed by "Until Sally I was never happy..."? It will be a moment. While on the 6 Music show, Brown confirmed he was preparing for a busy summer of festivals. He's already on the bill for Oxygen in Ireland and he'll be playing Scotland's "T in the Park", as well. Not stopping there, he also plans to release a greatest hits album this summer. Mega!