- 23 May 06
It sounds too outlandish to be true, but Mani has confirmed that Slash once came close to joining the Stone Roses.
“Mental, isn’t it?” he cackles. “We’d been close to shaking hands on a deal with G N’ R’s manager Doug Goldstein to look after the Roses as well, so when John (Squire) copped a walk Slash was in the frame for a while.
“How would it have worked out? Who knows? It could’ve been great or it could’ve been shite. Personally, I love to play with anybody who’s going to bring something to the party, and Slash is cool, man.”
As for the hoary old question of a Stone Roses reunion, Mani is adamant that, “It’s never going to happen, mate. Ian Brown’s the big fish in his own pond and doesn’t want to do it. In one way it’d be nice to close the book, and in another why dig up all the old shit? I’ve been ten years in Primal Scream, which is longer than I was in the Stone Roses.”
You can read the rest of our chinwag with Mani in an upcoming issue of Hot Press.