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Ian Brown has reportedly confirmed that the much talked about reunion of The Stone Roses is definitely going to take place.


According to the Sun, the illusionist and magician Dynamo, a close friend of Brown, revealed a text message from the singer about the reunion, which read: "We are going to rule the world again. It's happening." Dynamo continued by saying: "He said it's true. It is definitely happening. Ian's on great form. I'll be at the gigs. It's going to be massive."


Rumours of a Stone Roses reunion flared up last week, with a major music publicist refusing to confirm or deny that a planned announcement would indeed be declaring the band's return. It follows news breaking last April that singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire had met up for what was thought to be the first time since the band's 1996 split.


According to the tabloid's report, Elbow's Guy Garvey has also confirmed the Stone Roses reunion, with a source telling the paper: "Guy was talking to friends about how the original line-up had been rehearsing over the summer in Manchester."


With The Stone Roses set for a reunion, top bookie Paddy Power is opening a book on what lies ahead for the Mancunian outfit.

With reports confirming the Stone Roses reunion, the 'Fool's Gold' stars are as short as 11/10 to headline the Californian Coachella festival in 2012 and 3/1 to headline Glastonbury in 2013.


Further reports suggest that the band will reform for two huge shows at Heaton Park, 15 years after the Mancunian band fell apart in 1996 after legal wrangles and internal rows but their self-titled first album, released in 1989, is still widely seen as one of the greatest debuts of all time.


Guitarist John Squire quit in 1995 and although the band limped on with a replacement, the group split after a disastrous performance at Reading Festival in 1996.


Speculation of the reunion mounted after a major music publicist sent out invitations to journalists on Friday to "a special press conference for a very important announcement". A spokesman for Murray Chalmers PR, which is handling the event, refused to deny or confirm whether it would announce their return.