The Stone Roses' 'fifth member' hails Heaton Park finale

The band's old mate Cressa tells NME he's thrilled by band's homecoming weekender

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The Stone Roses' unofficial fifth member Cressa has hailed the band’s homecoming as "outstanding" and "amazing".

Manchester's indie heroes finished their three-night weekender at Manchester's Heaton Park tonight (July 1) with another triumphant hits set. And backstage, the band’s former guitar tech and dancer told NME how elated he was at Friday’s show.

He said before the show: "Outstanding. I didn’t come last night because I didn’t see how Friday could be any better, but there’s so much love. I was anticipating possibly a rocky show, but they were awesome. I'm told last night was even better. Hopefully it'll be an upward trajectory and tonight will be even better!"

Cressa was as emotional as the rest of Heaton Park at seeing his old mates reunite. "Obviously it was emotional," he continued, "just to see them. 18 months ago I was saying to people, 'There's three things I want to see before I die; My son grow up to be a grown man, (Manchester) City to win the Premier League and the Roses to play again. I bet I only see one of those', and now in the last year, City have won the league and the Roses are playing again - so two out of three ain't bad."

The Roses thrilled Heaton Park as their homecoming weekender came to a close, with the band playing their now-familiar set of favourites exploding before the show closed with another spectacular firework display.

Earlier on, Plan B, The Wailers, Mick Jones' Justice Tonight Band, and Dirty North, the local band hand-picked by Reni, performed.



The Stone Roses played:

'I Wanna Be Adored'
'Mersey Paradise'
'(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister'
'Sally Cinnamon'
'Where Angels Play'
'Shoot You Down'
'Bye Bye Badman'
'Ten Storey Love Song'
'Standing Here'
'Fools Gold'
'Something's Burning'
'Waterfall'
'Don't Stop'
'Love Spreads'
'Made Of Stone'
'This Is The One'
'She Bangs The Drums'
'Elizabeth My Dear'
'I Am The Resurrection'


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.

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.

Check out NME's photos from the first Heaton Park show here.

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