The Stone Roses Return to Manchester

From Rolling Stone:

Four songs into the Stone Roses’ homecoming reunion show last night, frontman Ian Brown looked out over the 75,000-strong crowd in Manchester’s Heaton Park and nonchalantly declared, “As you see, we’ve still got it. . . .”

In truth, the crowd had been convinced of the band’s continuing worth and relevance long before that – probably even before the initial bassline of traditional set-opener “I Wanna Be Adored” had swirled out into the damp evening air. The first time around, high profile Stone Roses shows had a tendency to end in either myth-enhancing triumph (as with their Spike Island mini-festival in 1990) or reputation-damaging disaster (as with the band’s dying swansong at Reading Festival in 1996). But their second – or should that be third? – coming was carried out amidst an air of awestruck celebration from start to finish.

There was no sign of the tensions that had seemingly resurfaced earlier on the band’s reunion trail, specifically the June 12th Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall show, where drummer Alan “Reni” Wren failed to appear for an encore and was called “a cunt” from the stage by Brown. Instead, the band seemed almost as overwhelmed at their return as the crowd at the first of three sold-out hometown shows, its first U.K. gigs – aside from a surprise one-off in nearby Warrington last month – since a messy split in 1996.

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