Less than a month 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’live return this month.
1 ‘She Bangs The Drums’ – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, August 1989
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.
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.
Until 2012, 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).
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.
Almost 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.