Belfast Telegraph

So much for hellraisers. Now it’s tea in the city for Stone Roses bassist Mani

By Anna Maguire

It wasn’t very rock ‘n’ roll — cups of tea in a high street cafe.

But veteran Stone Roses bassist Mani was taking it easy before headlining Wednesday night’s stellar bill with the Stone Roses.

The 49-year-old, who played with Primal Scream until earlier this year, chatted with friends and posed with fans for photographs — as the group relaxed outside Cafe Hero in the heart of Belfast’s city centre yesterday afternoon.

Mani — whose son Joseph is also a bassist — was in buoyant form.

“I’m buzzing for it,” he said — striking characteristic poses outside the Belfast cafe.

Hours later, thousands of music fans converged on Belfast’s Boucher Road playing fields to see the Roses in the one of the year’s most anticipated gigs.

Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield is renowned for his distinctive rock playing, characterised by its dance/dub rhythms.

The bassist and Manchester United FC follower joined the Stone Roses in 1987, after leaving school at the age of 16.

The 90s ‘Madchester’ band defined an era with their seminal music.

Hits such as ‘Fools Gold’ and ‘I Am The Resurrection’ still fill dancefloors with reminiscent 30-somethings.

After the band acrimoniously split up in 1996, the bassist joined Scottish alternative rock band Primal Scream.

The veteran musician is a regular personality on Sky One’s ‘Football Years’ and he remains a fanatical darts player — a sport he has championed during his career.

Before it became a reality, last year’s news of a possible Stone Roses reunion was blurred amid a series of mixed messages after estranged singer Ian Brown and lead guitarist John Squire met for the first time in years at the funeral of Mani’s mother.

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