Damien Hirst: ‘The Stone Roses are more important than Picasso’

David Beckham also bigs up the reunited legends ahead of their Heaton Park gigs

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Damien Hirst has said he believes The Stone Roses are more important than legendary artist Picasso.

Hirst, who is Britain’s richest living artist with a fortune estimated at £215 million, is one of a host of celebrities to have contributed their memories of The Stone Roses ahead of their hugely anticipated shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park this weekend.

Writing in the gigs’ official programme, which will be onsale at all three of the shows, Hirst simply writes: “The Stone Roses are more important than Picasso.”

As well as Hirst, former Manchester United midfielder and England captain David Beckham has also contributed his memories of the band, saying that their music “brings back memories of the most happiest time in my football career”.

He writes: “The Stone Roses was part of my upbringing in Manchester. And being an East End boy, that’s saying something. Their music has inspired so many people but for me it brings back memories of the most happiest time in my football career, when I started my career at Manchester United. The fact that they are back is incredible to see.”


Noel Gallagher, Take That’s Mark Owen and Beckham’s former teammate Ryan Giggs are among some of the other celebrities to have contributed to the programme, reports The Sun.

With just one day to go until Heaton Park, pick up a copy of this week’s NME, which is available on newsstands from now or digitally, for the ultimate guide to Heaton Park.

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



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