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- Posted on Jan 18th 2012 12:56PM by Theo Spielberg
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"The rumours are true," the statement said. "Happy Mondays, the seminal Manchester band who changed musical culture forever has reformed and will be available for select live gigs across 2012."
The reunited lineup will be composed of original Mondays Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Mark Day, Paul Davis and Gary Whelan, along with Rowetta Satchell, who joined the band in the '90s.
After forming in 1980, the Manchester band's success helped put their city on the musical map. The Mondays went on to become one of the fountainheads of Britpop, influencing fellow Mancunians the Stone Roses and Oasis, though they were rooted more deeply in dance-club grooves and rhythms.
"After the success of the Stone Roses reunion, there's a real clamour to get the group back on the road and document it properly," one source told the Sun last month. It is yet to be confirmed whether or not the whole affair will be captured on tape.
The group disbanded in 1993 amidst a flurry of success and addiction, though they reformed twice more under differing lineups. They reunited for one year in 1999 and once more in 2004 without original bassist Paul Ryder, playing festival shows on and off until a couple years ago. "Shaun and his brother Paul have a notoriously patchy relationship but they're willing to sort things out for the sake of the band," the same source commented.