English rock group The Stone Roses is arguably responsible for helping launch the Britpop movement that became a mainstream music phenomena in the mid-1990s. Though the group never really identified itself as part of the movement, The Stone Roses influenced many of the bands from the genre, such as Oasis, Blur and Suede. Tentatively forming in 1983, the quartet would spend nearly a year practicing and honing its chops before making a live debut, opening for Pete Townshend, guitarist of The Who, at an anti-heroin benefit concert in October 1984. The Stone Roses managed to impress individuals at the event, and soon, the group was being courted by record labels and management companies that wanted to sign the band. A debut album would not be released till 1989, but the gestation time the group had helped solidify a characteristic style and sound. This was primarily the result of singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire's collaborations on songwriting--although due credit must be given to the fluid drumming of Reni and the tasteful bass playing of Mani, who helped create an undeniable rhythm section in the band. When The Stone Roses' eponymously-titled debut was released, the band's guitar-centric rock would manage to resonate extremely well with fans of music who were looking for listenable, pop-inspired music with lyrics that were easy to identify with. The popularity of the group surged and it was soon one of, if not the, biggest bands in England during the onset of the 1990s. Unfortunately, trappings of fame would be a detriment to The Stone Roses, and after a much delayed second album failed to achieve the same amount of popularity as the group's first album, band tensions would force members of the band to leave, until The Stone Roses officially broke up in 1996. After the 20th anniversary of the group's first album, the quartet started hanging out together again, and in 2011 decided to announce a massive comeback tour starting with a run of shows in its hometown of Manchester.