Just one day to go. You're probably already as delirious as a Haribo-pumped kid scampering into Disneyland, but if you've still got some way to go before the dribbling stage, here are five clips to get you in the mood for The Stone Roses' Heaton Park shows.

The Stone Roses

[subhead number="1"]'She Bangs The Drums' - Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, August 1989[/subhead]
The 'Roses at the height of their powers, between the debut album and the game-changing 'Fools Gold' single. Ian Brown's sounded better - possibly - but Reni's on thrilling, frenzied form and John Squire has set his guitar to psych-fuzz.

[subhead number="2"]'Waterfall' - The Other Side Of Midnight, Granada Television, January 1989[/subhead]
Not a gig setting, but this awesome, tight run-through of 'Waterfall' is a perfect live performance. Brown's sailing pretty close to the notes and Squire and Reni combine for a raging mid-section. That's a musicological term.

[subhead number="3"]'Love Spreads' - Feile Festival, Cork, August 1995[/subhead]
Until last month, Reni had never played this one live. At Feile, Robbie Maddix was handling the beats with funky aplomb, Squire was fiery and Brown was flat as a pancake (but improving as the song went on).

[subhead number="4"]'I Wanna Be Adored' - Warehouse 1, Manchester, July 1985[/subhead]
Four years before its proper release 'I Wanna Be Adored' was pretty much the same - the same swagger, the same belief. Not quite the same band members though. Mani would bring his big bass grooves later.

[subhead number="5"]'Fools Gold' - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, June 2012[/subhead]
Bang up to date now - and just before Reni storms off with Brown's abuse ringing in his ears - here's a stunning take on the old funky drumming baggy pearler that proves the band are on top form. Bless the old boys, they can still play a song for 10 minutes without wheezing.

[highlight]Don't miss the ultimate Heaton Park review in next week's mag, onsale July 4. If you'd like your Heaton Park photos included in this special issue, post them to Twitter or Instagram via the hashtag #heatonparkNME.[/highlight]

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