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Original Lineup of Happy Mondays Reunite for Tour

British dance-rock band will hit the road in May

January 30, 2012 8:35 AM ET
Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays perform in 1992.
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The British dance-rock band Happy Mondays will reunite this spring for their first tour in nearly 20 years. The group, one of the key acts of the "Madchester" scene of the late Eighties and early Nineties, has been around in various incarnations for most of the past decade, but this tour will be their first with their original lineup since they originally disbanded in 1993.

All seven members of the original lineup met last week to "see if they could sit in a room together," backing vocalist Roweta Satchell told BBC Radio Manchester over the weekend. "We decided it would only be special and work if it was the total, original lineup. We're all really excited. They are my family, these boys. I've really missed them, and I'm sure they've missed each other."

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2012 will be a great year for fans of Madchester-era rave-rock hybrids. In addition to the newly announced Happy Mondays reunion, the Stone Roses announced in October that they would hit the road for the first time since 1996. Though the Roses are set to record a new album, it's unclear whether the Happy Mondays will hit the studio. Frontman Shuan Ryder had said the group was working on new material back in 2008.

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