Primal Scream will take to the stage tonight (June 29) on the first date of The Stone Roses reunion gigs in Manchester. Gillespie says the band “sounds amazing” at the moment. “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”.
Gillespie also 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. And Mani says that it’s all been sounding amazing,” he says in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.
Primal Scream will be joined on tonight’s Heaton Park support bill by The Vaccines, Kid British and Bob Marley‘s band The Wailers. Vaccines frontman Justin Young told NME that the Roses never lost their relevance during their 15-year break-up. “They’re so important in dance music, so important in mainstream indie music. But then they’ve still got young fans – I mean, I like The Stone Roses. They’ll be as important now as they were then,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno has predicted that the reunion shows will inspire a whole new generation of songwriters. “Ian [Brown] is one of the most charismatic frontmen of all time,” he said. “He’s a proper star in the Bowie or Marc Bolan sense, where they can go into a room and stop time, and the rest of the band are incredible musicians. Going to see that as a kid is going to be massively inspiring. You’re gonna want to go back to your bedroom and write a song.”
After forming in Manchester in 1983, The Stone Roses recorded several singles and EPs and cemented their classic lineup – frontman Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni – before releasing their seminal 1989 debut album ‘The Stone Roses’.
The following year, the Madchester band played a legendary show to 27,000 fans at Spike Island near Widnes. After a protracted legal battle with a former label, the Roses finally released their follow-up album, ‘The Second Coming’, in 1994. Reni left the band in March 1995, followed by Squire the following month, ultimately prompting Brown and Mani to disband the Roses in October 1996. The classic lineup announced their return last October and played their first reunion gig at Parr Hall in Warrington on May 23.
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