Liam Gallagher watches the Razzmatazz show from the sound desk
The Stone Roses kicked off their first tour in 16 years in Barcelona tonight (June 8).
The gig, the first full show of what will be a 27-date tour taking in festivals, massive outdoor gigs and arena shows, took place at Barcelona’s 1,900-capacity Razzmatazz venue.
It was the first time the band, who announced their reformation last year, had played the city and their second show in 16 years, following a low-key gig in Warrington last month.
As with that gig, the band started off tonight with ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, during which Ian Brown‘s vocals were drowned out by the crowd.
Six songs in, ‘Where Angels Play’ morphed into ‘Shoot You Down’. ‘Waterfall’ followed, with Reni’s backing vocals lifting the delicate melody. An extended ‘Fools Gold’ then followed, with Brown ending the song by applauding a particular burst of John Squire guitar heroics.
‘Standing Here’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’ – of which Ian Brown said: “This one is for the ladies” – and ‘Made Of Stone’, followed, provoking mass singalongs, before a strident ‘Love Spreads’, complete with Ian Brown rap, closed the set.
“2012 is the year of the comeback,” Brown said from the stage. “And there is a man at the back who knows all about that,” he added, referring to Liam Gallagher, who was watching from the sound desk. The band then left the stage and the hall light stayed dimmed while the crowd remained in place, serenading Liam with terrace chants.
Five minutes later, the Roses strode back on. “Do you want more?” Brown asked, cheekily. “We are breaking all the rules here. We don’t do encores.” They then played a 10 minute-plus version of ‘I Am The Resurrection’. The gig ended with the band in a group hug at the front of the stage.
“It was the best gig I have ever seen,” said Andy Ranson, a Barcelona resident originally from Warrington. “The atmosphere was incredible.”
Matt Ridgway – a fan who lives in Chile – added: “It was fucking good.”
The Stone Roses played:
‘I Wanna Be Adored’
‘Ten Storey Love Song’
‘Where Angels Play’
‘Shoot You Down’
‘She Bangs The Drums’
‘Made Of Stone’
‘This Is The One’
‘I Am The Resurrection’