Gary 'MANI' MOUNFIELD's mother's funeral was the catalyst for the Stone Roses reunion, after Ian Brown and John Squire gave moving tributes at the memorial.
The bassist was plunged into mourning in March (11) after his beloved mum passed away, and his old pals were on hand to help him battle his grief.
Mounfield admits her death was "the cloud that gave us the silver lining" to settle their differences, and he has now opened up about their decision to reform for a world tour, which was announced on Tuesday (18Oct11).
He tells Britain's The Sun. "It's weird how it can be one mad thing that starts a chain of events. It was amazing and bizarre when John and Ian started speaking at my mum's funeral.
"I always wanted them to do it, even if we never reformed I wanted them to reform the friendship. Rock 'n' roll is more than just music."
The Stone Roses split in 1996 after a series of bust-ups between Brown and Squire.