July 1, 2012 13:59

Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire: 'The Stone Roses are the greatest band ever'

Bassist hails Manchester legends on weekend of massive Heaton Park gigs

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Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire has hailed The Stone Roses as "one of the greatest bands ever".

The bassist declared his love for the Manchester legends to Gigwise at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef lunch and claimed their comeback is one of the greatest reunions ever.

He said: "I'm really pleased for them. I'm thrilled because they are one of the greatest bands ever. Them, the Sex Pistols and Dexys are the three reformations I really respect. There's a lot of people who just do it purely for the money but I think those three are amazing."

Lead singer James Dean Bradfield agreed and even compared The Stone Roses to famous footballers from the past, including Liverpool's John Toshack and QPR legend Stanley Bowles.

Speaking about the money the group earned to reform, Bradfield said: "If anyone's going to criticise them for earning that amount of money i'd just tell them they were talking absolute rubbish.

"For me the Roses just feel like those classic footballers that didn't make as much money as other people. They're like Kevin Keegan. It feels like they're making the money that they always deserved. I'm dead happy for them."

The Stone Roses will play the final date of their massive Heaton Park gigs tonight. Support comes from Plan B, The Wailers, The Justice Tonight Band (featuring Mick Jones, Pete Wylie & The Farm) and Dirty North. Click here to read our report from last night's show.

NME's definitive review of the Stone Roses homecoming shows will hit newsstands next Wednesday (July 4) – if you want your photos to be included in the issue, tweet us your Heaton Park pictures or post them to Instagram using the hashtag #heatonparknme.

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