The Stone Roses free comeback gig in Warrington has been hailed as a triumph by critics. The band, who were warming up their European tour and huge gigs in Heaton Park this summer.
The Guardian gave the band a five star review, and various celebrities including Liam Gallagher were said to have enjoyed the surprise gig at Parr Hall on wednesday night.
It’s the first time the band have taken to the stage in 16 years after an acrimonious break-up that saw front man Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire at loggerheads for years.
Fans scrambled to get tickets as the gig was only announced a few hours before it started, with Roses devotees having to bring a CD inlay cover, record sleeve, ticket for Heaton Park or an official band T-shirt to pick up a ticket.
The Roses were one of the trailblazers of the famous ‘Madchester’ movement, which saw the city become the centre of the music world in the late 80s and early 90s.
Their eponymous album is widely regarded as one of the finest of all time, and despite the individuals in the band playing their old tunes with other musicians as Brown did when he hired a tribute band in 2004, fans have barely been able to contain themselves at the prospect of seeing Mani, Reni, Ian Brown and John Squire together again.
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