Gordon returns to his story from last week where he announced we were more-or-less a signature away from a Stone Roses reunion.
The story has been roundly kicked to pieces by Mani since, so Gordon might feel he has some sort of explaining to do.
He sort-of explains:
After Bizarre broke the story last week Mani denied a reunion would take place - after being bombarded with calls in LA by everyone he had ever met asking if it was going to happen.Aw, Gordon was only trying to help. But his story wasn't about "old wounds healing"; it was claiming there was going to be gigs. He even speculated about how difficult buying tickets would be.
He was getting his head together after losing his mum and that was the last thing he needed.
The story was only ever written with genuine excitement about old wounds healing.
And Mani didn't just "deny a reunion". His exact words were:
"I'm disgusted that my personal grief has been invaded and hijacked by these nonsensical stories," he told the NME, referring to the meeting of Brown and Squire at his mother's funeral.That's pretty blunt. Mani was angry that Smart had used his mother's funeral to create a fake reunion story.
"Two old friends meeting up after 15 years to pay their respects to my mother does not constitute the reformation of the Stone Roses. Please fuck off and leave it alone. It isn't true and isn't happening."
And so what is the hook upon which Gordon hangs his "explanation"?
HERE'S the picture every music fan has wanted to see for over ten years - THE STONE ROSES reunited.Yes, he's run a photo taken at Mani's mum's funeral to explain why he ran a story exploiting Mani's mum funeral. Classy.
This is the moment in The Nelson Tavern, Failsworth, Manchester, shortly after IAN BROWN and JOHN SQUIRE finally buried the hatchet.
The shot was taken by pub staff, who couldn't believe their eyes as the band got together to pay their respects at bass player GARY "MANI" MOUNFIELD's mum's funeral.