Pulp sent out an email blast on January 1, 2011 announcing their plans for some live shows in the summer and fall. The band made good on their promise and played some major gigs, including Reading and Leeds in August. Pulp reunited just for some live gigs and have no plans to record any new music, however they will be reissuing their first three records in February 2012.
"Common People" (live at Reading Festival, August 2011)
"Just What I Needed" (The Strokes w/ Jarvis Cocker, Reading Festival)
In April, rumors started to swirl about a Stone Roses reunion--mainly because John Squire and Ian Brown had started talking (the two had both attended the funeral for Mani's mother). Of course after the British press caught wind that the band members were talking they went crazy reporting an imminent reunion, pissing off Mani, who scolded the press and called the rumor "nonsensical." Months later the Stone Roses made it official and announced their reunion during a press conference in London on October 18th.
Watch part 2 of the press conference here. Fans seemed stoked about the reunion--tickets for the first set of dates sold out in minutes. The Stone Roses are planning on announcing more live dates in the weeks to come and they've also signed with two record labels (Columbia in the U.S. and Universal in London) indicating new music from the band is on the way.
Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore hadn't worked with each other in nearly 30 years--since Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell sessions in 1981! In November, Clarke and Gore announced they formed techno project, VCMG, and a month later they dropped their debut ep, Spock. VCMG's debut full length album SSSS is scheduled to drop February 28th in the U.K. and in March in the U.S.
Other bands that reunited in 2011 (or announced reunion plans for 2012) include Inspiral Carpets, the La's, Mazzy Star, Blur, and Afghan Whigs. New Order also returned WITHOUT Peter Hook, and you can read about that here.
Mazzy Star "Lay Myself Down"
Mazzy Star "Common Burn"
A few television shows were also resurrected this year--MTV's 120 Minutes, Beavis & Butthead, and VH1's Pop Up Video all returned to the airwaves, while Fox announced In Living Color would return for a short run in 2012.