King Monkey rocks Northampton with help from some of the Happy Mondays...

Ian Brown played a secret show in NORTHAMPTON last night (April 25) – and fans also saw support band BUFFALO 66, featuring HAPPY MONDAYSPAUL RYDER and GAZ WHELAN, make their live debut.

The gig took place in front of 900 fans at the sold-out Roadmenders venue, and was a warm-up to Brown‘s ‘Spring Collection’ dates, which take in London Hammersmith Palais tonight (April 26) and Blackpool Empress Ballroom on Friday (April 27).

Brown used the show to premiere dance reworkings of many of the tracks from his latest album, ‘Golden Greats’, and introduced new guitarist Tim Wills, who replaces Aziz Ibrahim. Former Stone Rose Ibrahim is currently mixing his debut solo album, ‘From Lahore To Longsight’, which will be released in August.


Brown, looking athletic in an Adidas vest and jogging pants, finished the gig with his crowd-pleasing cover of Michael Jackson‘s ‘Billie Jean’, which featured on the B-Side to his last single, ‘Dolphins Were Monkeys’, leaving a crowd of ecstatic fans to wander off into the night.

The audience had also been treated to the first ever live performance of Buffalo 66, the band featuring ex-Happy Mondays bassist and drummer Paul Ryder and Gaz Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to following their performance, singer Dennis Bourne said: “It felt good, it was good to see all the heads out there, and when everyone started responding to it. I take it all in my stride! We just went out and enjoyed ourselves, so we’ll just do the same again tomorrow night. We take our work seriously, but not ourselves, we just chill out and have a laugh, just let it come together.”

Ian Brown‘s new single, ‘Golden Gaze’, is released on May 8 through Polydor, and features another Michael Jackson track, ‘Thriller’, as a B-side.

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