Heavy rain fails to dampen the second night of indie heroes' homecoming
The Stone Roses went from strength to strength on the second night of their homecoming Heaton Park weekender.
With the pressure of the first show off for the band, the north Manchester park enjoyed an even more celebratory show than yesterday, their first major UK show in 16 years.
Once again, just after 9pm (BST), the intro track of The Supremes‘ ‘Stoned Love’ faded out and Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni walked onstage and powered into their 1989 classic ‘I Wanna Be Adored’.
Brown made a quip about the relentless rain, before powering into ‘Mersey Paradise’, ‘(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister’ and ‘Where Angels Play’.
‘Love Spreads’ saw Brown strip down to a black patterned T-shirt and Reni don his trademark cap, on top of the dreadlock wig. And as the song ended, Brown repeated his rap from yesterday, celebrating the band’s return and demanding applause.
After another diatribe from Brown against the royals before first album favourite ‘Elizabeth My Dear’, the Roses finished with a heroic rendition of ‘I Am The Resurrection’, extended into its traditional wig-out epilogue. The band members then hugged, stood in solidarity at the front of the stage, and departed jubilant, stubbornly refusing to do an encore.
And for the second night, the show was followed by a spectacular firework display to the blaring out of ‘Redemption Song’, one of the few Bob Marley classics The Wailers did not play earlier on.
The Stone Roses played:
‘I Wanna Be Adored’
‘(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister’
‘Where Angels Play’
‘Shoot You Down’
‘Bye Bye Badman’
‘Ten Storey Love Song’
‘Made Of Stone’
‘This Is The One’
‘She Bangs The Drums’
‘Elizabeth My Dear’
‘I Am The Resurrection’
Even before the Roses, it was an epic night for Manchester indie, as Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye performed Oasis tracks to a hometown crowd for the first time. He dedicated ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’ to “the one and only Mr Ian Brown”. Later on he gave an airing to his old band’s classic ‘Morning Glory’.
Before that, The Wailers made their daily appearance, at the personal request of Ian Brown. You can watch our video interview with Bob Marley’s surviving backing band at the bottom of the page.
Lily Allen confirmed her pop comeback by making a surprise appearance with Professor Green, when the pair performed their collaboration ‘Just Be Good To Green’.
The day was opened by Hollie Cook.
Formed in Manchester in 1983, The Stone Roses were the heroes of the baggy era. They made history with their 1989 debut, widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time. But it took them until 1994 to release its follow-up ‘Second Coming’, and they eventually dissolved in 1996. After years of insisting they would never do it, they finally announced their reunion in October last year. They made a surprise live comeback at Warrington’s Parr Hall last month.
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