Pop bands should resist the urge to milk that cash cow

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All musicians should look and learn from the Stone Roses, in particular the way they’ve handled their reunion tour news.

The Manchester quartet fell out in spectacular style but have settled their differences to make their fans happy.

Of course, they’re set to profit from the gigs they’ll now stage. But no-one cares because reuniting isn’t a cynical, stage-managed event.

Contrast that with warbling manband Westlife, who are milking their farewell tour for all its worth.

They’re splitting – but not until they’ve put out the greatest hits album and the lucrative stadium tour.

It’s all for the fans, they say. But it’s so calculated that if you listen carefully, you’ll hear those soaring choruses coming over the horizon for the 2015 reunion tour.