Roses Reunion Gigs Sell Out In Record Time

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October 21, 2011 | 7:45am EST

Reformed rockers the Stone Roses have smashed the record for gig sales in the U.K. after all 240,000 tickets for their comeback concerts sold out in less than an hour on Friday.
The cult band announced on Tuesday they are reuniting for two huge shows in their hometown of Manchester, England next June which will be followed by a world tour.

Within seconds of the gigs going on sale on Friday, the three official websites providing tickets crashed due to the overwhelming demand – and 14 minutes later, both shows at the 80,000-capacity open-air venue had sold out.

WENN revealed on Tuesday that the band had provisionally booked the venue for a third night, on 1 July, and after the two comeback shows sold out on Friday, tickets for the extra gig were made available – and were also snapped up within 15 minutes.

It means the Stone Roses sold 240,000 tickets in less than an hour – smashing the record held by Oasis, who took a day to sell all 250,000 tickets for their shows at Knebworth in 1996.

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown says, “We plan on spending the rest of the day jumping up and down with our hands in the air.”