NME’s The Stone Roses review issue hits the newsstands on Wednesday (July 4). It’s packed full of amazing photos, special guest reviews, fans’ stories and our definitive verdict.
“This is the one,” sings one die-hard fan down the front. Since tickets went on sale last October, the Heaton Park gigs have been one of the most anticipated events of 2012.
This truly is a moment to savour. Look, it’s John Squire playing guitar on stage with The Stone Roses! The three Heaton Park gigs will live long in the memory of those lucky to have snapped up a ticket.
Reni shows how it’s done on the third and final night of this weekend’s incredible Manchester homecoming shows. Check out his bass drums, emblazoned with the lemon logo familiar from ‘The Stone Roses’ artwork.
Mani can’t believe he’s performing on stage with The Stone Roses again. Well, it had been 16 years since they split and, until the press conference last October, nobody thought we’d ever see the lads back on stage together again.
Rocking a tartan shirt once again, John Squire looks the epitome of cool as he delivers his signature guitar lines.
Ian ‘King Monkey’ Brown finds his groove during The Stones Roses’ final Heaton Park gig. The legendary Manchester group played to a staggering 225,000 fans across the whole weekend.
‘OH MY GOD! It’s The Stone Roses. On stage. NOW!’ This guy sums up what we were all feeling this weekend.
Ian Brown, dressed in a black hoodie, belts out those iconic The Stone Roses songs to 75,000 fans on the final night of the Heaton Park shows.
It’s all peace and love this weekend, as ‘Love Spreads’ over Heaton Park. Just look at the wide-eyed excitement on the face of the curly-haired dude, he’s ecstatic!
Plan B played a set that included songs from his soulful second studio album ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ and his, slightly more aggressive, new album ‘Ill Manors’. Judging by his hand in the air, we’re guessing this isn’t one of his crooning moments.
Like Primal Scream on Friday night and Beady Eye on Saturday, as the final act before The Stone Roses took to the stage, it was down to Plan B to work the crowd into a feverish frenzy.
Ian Brown personally requested The Wailers to support The Stone Roses on all three days. Bob Marley’s band played a set packed with his classic hits except ‘Redemption Song’, which has been used to soundtrack the spectacular, climatic firework display.
The Justice Tonight Band initially formed in September 2011 for a benefit gig to raise money for Fazakerly 9, a charity set up in memory of Liverpool teenager James McVey who was killed in a street attack. The band includes The Clash’s Mick Jones, Peter Wylie and The Farm. Last year, the group went on a UK tour to raise awareness for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.
Fair play to those at the front, that’s commitment right there. This lot have gone a whole day without eating, drinking or going to the toilet…although the guy in the ‘Reni hat’ does look like he’s having a sly piss.
Mick Jones is forced to wear sunglasses to shield his eyes from Peter Wylie’s flashy clobber, as The Justice Tonight Band shine at Heaton Park.
Local lads Dirty North kick off the third and final day of The Stone Roses mega Heaton Park weekender. Roses drummer Reni is a huge fan of the trio and hand picked them to play today.
Don’t forget: if you want to find out just how good The Stone Roses sounded tonight – and all of the other news from the today’s shenanigans, too – then you can read our extensive news report here.
Like yesterday evening, tonight’s gig was followed by a spectacular firework display to the blaring out of ‘Redemption Song’. The Bob Marley classic has so far been omitted by The Wailers during their support slots.
And so, it’s The Second Coming of the Roses’ mammoth Manchester celebration, as the band play their second Heaton Park show.
Despite this rather uncouth display of swearing, the atmosphere at Heaton Park’s been great so far. It’s obvious – if it wasn’t already – how much The Stone Roses meant to so many people.
As much as everyone may be enjoying the finer cuts from Beady Eye’s back catalogue, it’s probably safe to say it’s the prospect of a couple of Oasis tunes that’ll really get the crowd going. During the band’s show in Warrington earlier this week (June 28), Liam sang two songs from his old band for the first time since 2009, with ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’ and ‘Morning Glory’ getting a rare outing.
God only knows what time this bunch had to turn up to nab those spots at the front of the crowd – but it’ll probably be worth it later on. (And no, we have no idea who Jeff is, either.)
Liam’s been one of the staunchest supporters of the Roses since they announced their reunion. “I think people should just chill out man, and let them get back together,” he said last October. “Reporters are gonna be like, ‘You said this, you said that.’ Who gives a fuck, man, they’re there, and they’re doing it, and everyone should be happy, because they’re a mega band.” Amen to that, Liam.
If you have a pair of binoculars handy, you may just be able to make Liam Gallagher and the rest of Beady Eye onstage (and if that fails, you have those massive screens as a back-up).
No wonder this pair look so smug: the Heaton Park gigs are the fastest-selling shows in British history, and there must be thousands of people who were unable to get their hands on any.
If, unlike this lucky lot, you weren’t able to be there to witness the Roses’ homecoming this weekend, then remember that NME will be coming live from Heaton Park all weekend.
Liam Gallagher surveying the masses who’ve flooded into Heaton Park. No stranger to stadium-sized gigs himself, the Beady Eye frontman has often cited how much of an inspiration Ian Brown was to him when he started getting into music – he must be thrilled to be part of this historic weekend (particularly since he didn’t even need to resort to flogging hot dogs to hungry punters).
Today, Beady Eye’s Liam Gallagher paid tribute to The Stone Roses by dedicating ‘Rock ’N’ Roll Star’ to “the one and only Mr Ian Brown”. As expected, they also dusted off ‘Morning Glory’, too.
If these three manage to actually stay sober until the Roses turn up onstage, then we’ll be rather shocked. But perhaps chugging booze is the best way of coping with the weather?
Beady Eye onstage at Heaton Park. The Mancunian band released their debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ in February last year.
Hats off to Professor Green: playing to 75,000 hardened Roses fans might have been a daunting prospect but, as you can see here, he refused to be fazed. How many non-believers do you think he converted during his set?
And here’s the Professor with his old mucker Lily Allen. The rapper had teased that he might be joined by the ‘Smile’ singer earlier today, when he Tweeted: “If @lilyrosecooper arrives here before i’m due on stage should we try to persuade her to join me?”
Here’s Professor Green, getting punters in the mood for this evening’s main event. He certainly felt like he gave them their money’s worth, writing on his Twitter page: “I fucking love a challenge Manchester, Stone Roses crowd that was the bollox!!!!”
How quickly do you think these are selling out, then? Expect hordes of folk clad in these T-shirts from the merchandise stall to be roaming around Manchester tonight, once the Roses have done their thing.
The Wailers enjoying their second stint as the Roses’ support band – personally requested by Ian Brown, no less. They’ll be on the bill again tomorrow evening, too.
Snazzy wellington boots, boys! Remember, if you want your photos to be included in our definitive review of the shows in next week’s issue of NME, then make sure you tweet us your Heaton Park pictures or post them to Instagram using the hashtag #heatonparkNME.
Singer Hollie Cook – a former member of The Slits, and the daughter of Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook to boot – warming up the crowd for the Roses. Other support acts playing today (Saturday July 30) include Professor Green, The Wailers and Beady Eye.
Ian Brown chose Hollie to be one of the band’s support acts after he was invited to a gig by her father – The Sex Pistols’ Paul Cook – and was apparently blown away.
A couple of Roses’ devotees enjoy a couple of beverages at Heaton Park. There’ll be 75,000 fans there again today – over the course of the weekend, the Madchester legends will play to a total of 225,000 people. Good luck getting an early night if you happen to live nearby, then…
Hollie Cook onstage at Heaton Park. She released her self-titled debut album in 2011 – and you can read an interview with her, in which she talks about how it felt being hand-picked to support the Roses, in this week’s issue of NME.
Best costumes of the weekend so far, do you reckon? It could only be bettered if Liam Gallagher stays true to his word and turns up for Beady Eye’s set later today dressed as a giant hot dog…
After yesterday’s triumphant show, everyone’s getting excited about the second chapter in The Stone Roses’ Heaton Park weekender – especially these cheeky chaps.
Squint a bit and you should be able to see The Stone Roses – Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni – owning the Heaton Park stage. Oh yeah, and a couple of thousand blissful fans with arms and plastic pint glasses aloft. Tonight Manchester, they are the resurrection.
Ian Brown brandishes some tambourine bells and surveys the 75,000 capacity Heaton Park crowd. Over this weekend and their three hometown shows, The Stone Roses will be playing to a whopping 225,000 people, which is about 50,000 more than attended last year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The fans are, unsurprisingly, rather enjoying themselves. And who wouldn’t after a fantastic warm-up bill featuring sets from Primal Scream, The Wailers, The Vaccines and Kid British, leading into a headline outing from one of the greatest bands ever?
The Stone Roses’ Mani sports a magnificent paisley shirt whilst serving up his bass lines. Going by Ian Brown’s waterproof jacket, it looks like he checked out the weather forecast, which predicted showers. Very practical of you, Ian.
Check out Mani’s bizarre – and not to mention impressive – collection of Toby Jugs on his amps. He’s been carting these around with him on the band’s recent European dates, leading up to these three momentous nights at Heaton Park. We like the policeman one the best.
Guitarist John Squire – who turns 50 this year – walked out of The Stone Roses in 1996. Thankfully, the four members patched it up and last year announced their reformation – though they didn’t half take their time about it. The band’s current reunion tour marks their first shows since they split 16 years ago.
Reni gets into the groove at Heaton Park. We can’t help but wonder what’s happened to his infamous bucket hat, however.
NME is coming live from Heaton Park all weekend. The 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
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie warms up for The Stone Roses at Heaton Park. Saturday’s support bill includes Beady Eye, The Wailers, Professor Green and Hollie Cook, who is the daughter of Sex Pistol’s drummer Paul Cook and a former member of The Slits.
Of their Stone Roses support slot, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream said: “We’re really happy to be doing Heaton Park – I think we were the first band they thought of, which is really nice, and we just wanna help make it a great day.”
Primal Scream recently announced My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe as their new touring bass player. She replaced Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield in the band’s line-up when he left to rejoin The Stone Roses. Bobby Gillespie has said that Mani remains “best friends” with the band.
Bobby Gillespie admitted that he is excited about seeing drummer Reni back onstage with the rest of the Roses. “The last time I saw the original band was at Spike Island. I saw them a few times after Reni had left, and they were still great, but you just wanted him to be there. I’m glad he’s back, because he’s just fucking brilliant.”
Freddie Cowan of The Vaccines takes a long look at the 75,000 capacity Heaton Park crowd. There’s an awful lot of people out there, eh, Freddie?
Justin Young and Freddie Cowan of The Vaccines do their best Status Quo impression in their matching sleeveless denim jackets and with some synchronised guitar playing.
People have travelled from across the country to attend the Stone Roses’ three Heaton Park gigs, which are taking place over this weekend in Manchester.
The Vaccines release their second album, ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’, on September 3. Of the album Justin Young told NME: “I don’t think there’s any danger of us making the same record twice. But I think anything people found attractive about us the first time round has been retained. I’m really confident we’ve got the balance right.”
Keeping it classy down in the front row, one punter seems to have bought along her own plastic wine glass for the show. The chap to her left doesn’t look too impressed, however.
Last week The Vaccines offered fans a free live EP, recorded in Brighton, to download. It featured the tracks ‘Tiger Blood’, live favourite ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and their cover of R Stevie Moore’s ‘Why Should I Love You’.
If you missed The Vaccines at Heaton Park, then the lads are also playing at this year’s T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross.
A programme seller gets to work in flogging the official guides for the three Stone Roses homecoming shows happening this weekend in Heaton Park, Manchester. One to keep in a safe place and then give to the grandkids in years to come. If they deserve it, that is.
The Wailers were formed in 1963 by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Marley died in 1981 and Tosh in 1987. Following the Heaton Park shows, the current version of the band will play London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on July 4.
The Stone Roses will also appear at a number of festivals this summer in addition to the Heaton Park shows, including slots at V Festival, T In The Park, Optimus Alive, Benicassim, Fuji Rock, Tennent’s Vital, NorthSide and Hultsfred.
The Wailers will be performing the classics of Bob Marley on all three nights. The band were asked to perform at the personal request of super-fan, Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown.
In terms of the weather, prospects for Saturday (June 30) and Sunday (July 1) are still pretty bleak, with heavy rain forecast for throughout Saturday and for early morning on Sunday, although the sun is expected to come out for The Stone Roses closing performance on Sunday night.
Bob Marley’s backing group The Wailers will play third on the bill on each of the three days at Heaton Park, as part of a bill The Stone Roses have described as a “mix of the legendary and the new”.
The hoards start flocking through Heaton Park, ready for the comeback of the century. A film is currently being made which is set at The Stone Roses’ legendary 1990 Spike Island show, starring Shameless actor Elliott Tittensor and Games Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.
We’re just as excited as you are, mate.
The stage is set on the first of three days worth of live music in Manchester’s Heaton Park. As well as The Stone Roses, Beady Eye, Plan B and Professor Green will also be performing up on this here stage over this weekend.
Nice shirt. ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ was the third single to be taken from The Stone Roses self-titled debut. In 2010 it was covered by The Raveonettes.
This weekend marks The Stone Roses first outdoor shows in the UK in an utter age – but they’re not the band’s first UK shows this year. They made a surprise live comeback at Warrington’s Parr Hall last month.
Willy Wonka can keep his golden ticket. This here is the only piece of paper that matters this weekend. It’s lucky that there are around 225,000 of them to go around.
Kid British’s track ‘Our House Is Dadless’, samples Madness’ single ‘Our House’. The band will embark on a headline tour of the UK later this year.
The early bird catches the prime position by the barriers at the front of the stage. Peace to you, sir, for such dedication to the cause.
Kid British opened for The Stone Roses on Friday. On Sunday the same honour will be bestowed upon Dirty North, a dub-influenced band from Manchester district Wythenshawe, who were namechecked as a name to watch by Stone Roses drummer Reni during the band’s reunion press conference in October last year.
The Stone Roses released their second album ‘Second Coming’ in 1994, and they eventually dissolved in 1996. After years of insisting they never would, they finally announced their reunion in October last year.
Opening act Kid British released the EP ‘You Can’t Please Them All’ earlier this week. They’ve supported the likes of The Specials, The Enemy and UB40 over the past few years.
Tote bags, t-shirts, vest tops, and hats – everything that the sharp looking Stone Roses fan about town could possibly want. Probably best not to wear them all at once, though.
Cold beer, waterproof outerwear and excellent live music – it’s the British Summertime!
Local ska boys Kid British kicked off the three days of music at Manchester’s Heaton Park, opening for The Stone Roses who made history with their 1989 debut, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time.
This superfan’s already proudly made it to the merch stall. There’s a decent showing of bucket hats on site too, or, to give them their 1990s name ‘Reni hats’ – named in honour of The Stone Roses’ drummer and his headgear favourite.
Take two pints into the most eagerly anticipated outdoor show of the year? If you’re the fellow on the left, then the answer to that would be ‘hell yes’.
The official programme from the Heaton Park shows. They’ll cost you £10 on site, but we can’t help but wonder how much will these beauties be going for on eBay over the coming weeks…
So, the day’s finally arrived: today (Friday, June 29), The Stone Roses will kick off the first of their mega reunion shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park. Heavy rain was predicted to hit the shows, but that hasn’t put this bunch of fans off…
Look at the excitement in those (scary, unblinking) eyes! We’ve been waiting a long time for this, of course – it’s the reunion nobody thought would ever happen until that press conference last October in which Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni confirmed they’d be sharing a stage together once more.
It’s no great shock to see those mammoth, snaking queues: the Roses sold more tickets than the whole of Glastonbury in 14 minutes, and shifted another 70,000 in 44 minutes. They’re the fastest-selling shows in British history…
So, what do we reckon Ian Brown and the boys will be playing tonight? The smart-money is on a similar setlist to the one they rattled through at their comeback show in Warrington last month (May 23) – but is there the slimmest of chances they might dust off a new track or two? We’ll find out soon enough…
Were any of this lot even born when The Roses’ debut LP was released? And why is the chap on the far right so much more morose than the rest of his cohorts? Either way, if you want your photos to be included in our definitive review of the shows in next week’s issue of NME, tweet us your Heaton Park pictures or post them to Instagram using the hashtag #heatonparkNME.
Just how big do we think these shows are going to be, then? Earlier this week, controversial arty type Damien Hirst declared that the Roses ‘are more important than Picasso‘. Other people to hail the band’s return this week included Noel Gallagher and footballers David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.
This young man looks rather lonely, doesn’t he? But fear not, because there’ll be plenty for him to gawk at soon: as well as the Roses, there’ll also be sets at today’s shindig from Primal Scream, The Vaccines, The Wailers and Kid British.
Never has a man been more ready to party than the fellow with his tongue out on the far right. This is the one, folks – keep checking NME.COM throughout the day for all the latest updates from the first of The Stone Roses’ Heaton Park shows, and if you happen to be there, try and find the time to let us know how it’s all going…