The Stone Roses fans have reacted to the band’s warm-up show in Halifax last night (June 7).
The band played comeback single ‘All For One’ live for the first time at the gig at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre in a concert that also saw the return of ‘Begging You’ to the set for the first time since they reformed in 2012.
The show received a universally positive reaction from fans on Twitter. Various Twitter users who were among the 1,500 fans declared the show “mind-blowing”, “rocking”, “amazing” and “huge”.
But the lengthiest fan review, on Stone Roses forum Don’t Stop, was critical of the gig. Fan Ricky Paglais said it would be the last Roses concert he’d be going to as it left him “deflated”. Paglais declared ‘Begging You’ “flat as a fart”, said Brown’s vocals on ‘Made Of Stone’ were “awful” and stated that Brown was “not particularly good at any point”. But Paglais added that he still “loved every minute” and that hits like ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Fools Good’ were ‘absolute rapture’.
Wow, The Stone Roses threw a few curveballs into their warm up set last night pic.twitter.com/WmoecG2fMK
— Lancashire Hotpots (@thehotpots) June 8, 2016
One fan posted a mock setlist from the show which featured joke songs including The Gap Band’s disco song ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ and Spandau Ballet’s hit ‘Gold’.
The second of the two advertised warm-up gigs is at the 1,400-capacity Carlisle Sands tonight, before the band play their four shows at Manchester Etihad Stadium.
As NME reported earlier today, Reni told a fan before the Halifax show that there would “100%” be new Roses songs in addition to ‘All For One’, which the drummer said were sounding “beautiful”.
— Dan Birch (@danbirch1) June 7, 2016
Tonight the stone roses played like its 1989 pic.twitter.com/K5kcx6XHPc
— StoneRoses 🍋🍋🍋 (@StoneRoses_News) June 7, 2016
stone roses in Halifax was mind blowing pic.twitter.com/skbqBt89Op
— charlotte clay🌻 (@shewontgh0st) June 7, 2016