Legendary Manchester band, The Stone Roses, made a rapturous return last night, with a comeback show at Warrington’s Parr Hall. The resurrected band performed for the first time since their disastrous headline appearance at Reading Festival 1996. At the time, only vocalist Ian Brown and bassist Mani had remained in the band. Last night’s show was their first with the original line up, including Brown, Mani, guitarist John Squire and drummer Reni, which last occurred in Glasgow in June 1990.
They played an eleven song set, without an encore, to the 1500-strong crowd, opening with “I Wanna Be Adored” and closing on “Love Spreads”. The band had announced the show just hours before, leaving fans to get a wristband at the box office, if they brought along a CD booklet, a t-shirt or a Heaton Park ticket with them. Amongst the crowd were Liam Gallagher, whose Beady Eye will support at Heaton Park, and “This Is England” filmmaker Shane Meadows, who was filming the crowd and will be making a film about their Spike Island show in 1989.
Setlist: I Wanna Be Adored, Mersey Paradise, Sally Cinnamon, Made of Stone, (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister, Where Angels Play, Shoot You Down, Tightrope, Waterfall, She Bangs the Drums, Love Spreads.
The Stone Roses have three sold out hometown shows at Heaton Park, Manchester (June 29, 30 July 1), alongside headline appearances at T in the Park and V Festival. They will also be playing European festivals including Benicassim, Hurricane, Southside, Optimus Alive, Sziget, Oya, Pukkelpop and many others.