Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder hints at 2012 reunion

'There is a lot to look forward to,' says frontman

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Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder has hinted that the Manchester band could reform next year.

In an interview with The Sun, the singer confirmed he had been talking to other members of the band’s original line-up to discuss a comeback, but refused to reveal which specific people he had been sounding out.

He said: “I won’t say which members of the original line-up I’ve spoken to but there is a lot to look forward to next year.”

Rumours of a Happy Mondays reunion first circulated last week (December 5), when a report claimed that they [url=http://www.nme.com/news/happy-mondays/60778]were set to reform[/url] for a full tour and documentary next year.

However, the band’s representative told NME that [url=http://www.nme.com/news/happy-mondays/60786]the group had no immediate plans to reform[/url] with their original line-up and insisted that although Ryder and his brother Paul were on better terms, it was a “bit of a leap” to suggest that the Happy Mondays had anything planned for 2012.

Happy Mondays have reunited twice before, most recently in 2004, but without founding members Mark Day, Paul Davis, Rowetta Satchell and Paul Ryder. Paul had sworn he wanted nothing to do with the band again when they split for a second time in 2000.

The band have released five albums during their career, with their most recent effort ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’ coming out in 2007.


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