King Monkey goes back to his roots...
IAN BROWN has played a full set of STONE ROSES songs for the first time in almost ten years, NME.COM can reveal.
The singer made a live appearance last night (July 25) at the Claremont Landscape Garden National Trust park in the south east of England.
The gig, Brown’s biggest of the year, was made during a break from recording his fourth solo album, which is due later this year.
NME.COM can reveal that for the show the Stone Roses star hired members of a tribute band called ’Fools Gold’, and played an hour of classics, including ’I Wanna Be Adored’, ’Fools Gold’ and ’Waterfall’.
Also included in the set were rare Roses tunes like ’Mersey Paradise’ and ’Where Angels Play’.
Although Brown has played the odd Roses song since the band’s split in 1996, this gig, and a small warm-up date in Dublin (July 23) were the first time he’s played many of the songs since the early ‘90s.
One fan at the show told NME.COM: “I wasn’t old enough to see the Stone Roses and I’ve seen loads of tribute bands, but this is the closest anyone will ever get to seeing the real thing.”
During the encore, Brown performed a number of his solo hits, including ’My Star’ and ’F.E.A.R’.
The Stone Roses split in 1996 following what is now regarded as a catastrophic appearance at the Reading Festival. At the gig, only Brown and bassist Mani remained, following the departure of drummer Reni and guitarist John Squire.
The set list ran: ‘I Wanna Be Adored’
‘Song For My (Sugar Spun Sister)’
‘Made Of Stone’
‘She Bangs The Drums’
’Where Angels Play’
‘Elizabeth My Dear’
’I Am The Resurrection’
’If Dolphins Were Monkeys’
’Time Is My Everything’
The gig itself took place in stunning surroundings. The Claremont Landscape Garden dates from the reign of Queen Anne, with the stage erected in front of a three-acre turf amphitheatre. It is the only surviving example in Europe, having been designed around 1722.
However, it wasn’t all smiles. At the Dublin warm-up show, eyewitnesses claim Brown became involved in an argument with a security guard towards the end of the set.
Fans say that Brown saw what he thought was a fan being treated badly, and made his point by knocking the security guard on the head with his microphone.
One eyewitness claimed: “The thud of the microphone making contact with the individual could be heard over the venue’s PA”.