Stone Roses bassist discovers half brother

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 July 2013
The Stone Roses' Mani

Mani performing with the Stone Roses

The Stone Roses bassist Mani has discovered a long-lost half brother, Steve Jones

The Stone Roses bassist Mani has discovered a long-lost half brother.

The musician - real name Gary Mounfield - has met with half-brother Steve Jones, who was fathered by his dad Colin before he settled with their mum in Manchester.

Colin passed away from a heart attack in 1991, and never told anyone about his secret son. No-one in the Mounfield family knew about Steve except an uncle who had promised not to tell.

Steve told website Wales Online: "When I got in touch Mani was asking around the family, and one of the uncles said he knew about me but was sworn to secrecy.

"I said fair play - he can keep a secret! He was the only one. Even Mani's mum didn't know.

"Emotionally it does feel like I've lost my dad but I've also found a family. Greg and Mani are absolutely great."

Mani and Steve first met at the Benicassim music festival in Spain last year where The Stone Roses headlined, and Mani, 50, gave Steve, 56, some signed memorabilia.

Steve added: "It hit me in Benicassim when I was stood at the side of the stage just how famous Mani is.

"There were 50,000 people chanting his name. After the gig he presented me with the drum skins off the drum kit which he had got the band to sign for me.

"I remember what Mani said when we were parting after that first meeting.

"We hugged each other and I thanked him for a brilliant weekend and said sorry it's coming to an end. He said 'It's not the end, it's just the beginning'."

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