STONE ROSES: Review by Alexis Patridis – Heaton Park, Manchester

The cheer that greets the Stones Roses as they arrive onstage to the opening strains of I Wanna Be Adored is deafening: they haven't done anything yet, and the audience is already behaving as though the gig is a triumph.

An impartial observer might be forgiven for being surprised. Reunions of legendary bands are always a risky business and this is, in theory at least, more risky than most. Even at their height, they were always what you might charitably call an erratic live band who frequently succeeded onstage more as a result of the swagger they exuded than the actual sound they made: bootleg recordings on the internet have a marked tendency to sharply – and indeed flatly – undercut hazy memories of legendary shows.


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