The Stone Roses attend ‘Made of Stone’ premiere in Manchester

Ian Brown, John Squire and Mani appear at premiere of the Shane Meadows documentary

The Stone Roses attended the premiere of director Shane Meadows’ long-awaited documentaryMade of Stone in Manchester last night (May 30).

Fans gathered outside the Victoria Warehouse from 5pm, in the shadow of Old Trafford, while DJs blasted tunes by The Clash and Oasis, amongst others. Among the first to arrive, around 6:30pm, was Meadows himself, who told the crowd that directing Made of Stone had been “the job of a lifetime.”

Meadows was soon followed onto the red carpet by the likes of Richard Hawley, The Courteeners, Mick Jones, This is England star Thomas Turgoose and comedy writer Chris Morris. Of the band themselves, the first member to arrive was Mani, dressed in a green tweed suit, who – in keeping with the Roses’ longstanding media blackout – greeted the waiting press by shoving a stuffed pink elephant into their microphones. Next came Ian Brown, who conspicuously ignored all red carpet interview requests, and instead made a point of signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. Guitarist John Squire was the last to arrive, and did chat very briefly to journalists, confirming that the band were working on new material, saying “it’ll be ready in about five years. We’ve got a few new songs, but we won’t be playing it live until we’ve recorded it. We’re working on it this year.” Drummer Reni missed the premiere, apparently struck down with a cold.

Inside the Victoria Warehouse, there was a party atmosphere, with Edith Bowman conducting a quick introductory chat with Meadows and the film’s producer Mark Herbert. Meadows was taken aback by the size of the audience, joking that, “I’m used to having to try and get a few extra people into the small cinemas I normally do these things in,” and regaling the crowd with the story of how he missed out on the band’s seminal Spike Island gig thanks to a bad tab of acid. Following that, the Roses themselves came onstage for a brief hello, with Brown apologising for Reni’s absence, saying “our compadre couldn’t make it, he’s got a bad cold, bless him. But we’re here, so that’s all that counts.”

The show started around 8pm, and there were intermittent cheers and breaks for applause throughout, particularly at the film’s climax, which showed the band performing ‘Fool’s Gold’ at Heaton Park. The film received a standing ovation from the crowd, and Meadows and Herbert returned to the stage for a brief Q&A, which – as the red carpet arrivals and the film itself had been – was broadcast live to 200 cinemas around the country.