The Stone Roses: Finsbury Park (8th June 2013)

June 14, 2013 6:33 pm

On a humid Saturday evening at Finsbury Park, The Stone Roses cap off the London leg of their long awaited tour to an eager crowd.

To say the least, it’s been a while since most of the crowd last heard these songs live, and the question on my mind is ‘can they deliver?’ The stage lights dim and within a moment, Mani’s thumping bass intro to “I Wanna Be Adored” rumbles through the ground, swiftly followed by Jon Squire’s haunting melodic jangles. Before long, the song is in full swing and the whole crowd is chanting along the hook line with Ian Brown as his presence fills the park.

From that moment on, the atmosphere is rife with energy and there doesn’t seem to be a subdued body in the house as the band go from strength to strength, seamlessly playing classic tunes including “Elephant Stone”, “Ten Storey Love Song”, “Shoot You Down”, “This is the One”, “Breaking into Heaven” and an extended version of the psychedelic “Fools Gold”.

stone roses 2013 tourAs a fitting conclusion to what can only be described as an electrifying set, Brown announces the anthemic “I Am the Resurrection” – Mani and Remi it kick off  with their fluid combo of thudding drums and powerfully melodic bass and in the blink of an eye, the song is echoing throughout the arena. The crescendo is played with vigour and sounds just as masterful as the original record, and the bars and bars of extended improvisation just go to show this band have still got it.

Even after past disagreements and a long hiatus, The Stone Roses have been able to restore a unity which shines through in their current performances and as the band have announced they will be working on new material, I feel this is just the beginning of their second coming.

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