Stone Roses: Sydney, Australia – live review

Stone Roses... from resurrection to redemption...

Stone Roses… from resurrection to redemption…

Stone Roses

Horden Pavilion Sydney Australia

Wednesday 6th March

5500 capacity.  Sold out.

Tonight Zane Lowe provides support and he battles away admirably DJ’ing to folk filtering in who are here for one reason only- The Stone Roses.

A fish in a bowl oddly sits between the two ‘lemon’ bass drums of the vacant kit- the excitement obviously too much for said fish as he leaped from the bowl on to the stage at one point….thankfully to be returned to his glass home moments later by a roadie!

Stoned Love by the Supremes begins- and we know by now that The Roses’ arrival is imminent. Emerging on to the stage all waves and smiles- it’s a happy camp these days.

“Good evening Sydney…….and to anyone not called Sydney” announces Ian Brown as the familiar bass line to I Wanna Be Adored is introduced by Mani, the smartest dressed of the four, in dark denims, light blue shirt & Adidas Gazelles. A shortened intro from the 2012 shows allows the crowed to sing-a-long earlier- The Roses look and sound great.

Mersey Paradise, Sugar Spun Sister and Sally Cinnamon follow- and Squire flexes his guitar playing muscles at the end of Sally Cinnamon.

10 Storey Love Song- only one of two Second Coming songs is next- Squires doodling suggests that The Roses are now threatening to take things up a notch….and they do with Where Angels Play. Browns vocals float around the rhythms provided by Mani and Reni while the extended outro invites Squire- dressed in black jeans, brown suede shoes, a white shirt with blue print topped by an olive waistcoat- to shine. He looks and plays his coolest now with the low-slung Les Paul Standard draped around his neck.

Next, Shoot You Down then the Fools Gold/jam session which is the treat to which we have become accustomed.

Twin sisters, Waterfall and Don’t Stop enable The Roses to show they are firmly in the groove now and the crowd respond in kind. Brown, adjourning a black T-shirt with four gold stars printed on it reminiscent of the e famous ‘money’ shirt, adds some comedy by tapping an over-aggressive steward on the shoulder and asks him to “chill out”.

Made of Stone now and…..well…..Reni! He finds another gear- despite strapping around his right wrist- and is simply sublime. Perhaps this is due to him now wearing of the ‘Reni’ style bucket hat which he made so popular? Perhaps it’s the finest drummer of his generation at the top of his game.

This Is The One, Love Spreads (minus the Brown rap which gives space for Squire’s bluesy riff-age) and She Bangs The Drums are performed with nonchalance, swagger and brilliance.

The crowd are rewarded with a one-minute drum solo by Reni which he bends into the bass drum/snare combination that introduces I Am The Resurrection. The Roses can do no wrong at this stage and the false codas send the crowd into raptures.

“Good night Sydney…….and to anyone not called Sydney”. Ian Brown closes as he began.

Glasgow Green cannot come quick enough.

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  1. Were you even there? For the first half hour Brown sounded worse than me in the shower!!

    • Don’t think we went to the same gig. It did inspire a conversation with my boyfriend about which was the worst gig we had ever been to and struggled to think of the hundreds of bands we have seen between us that might have been worse then the Roses last night. I love them but come on that was bad!

  2. They were awful. One of the most dire gigs I’ve ever attended.

  3. I dont think I have ever been to a gig where the singer was so flat and the band so out of sync! you must have been paid a lot of money to write that review mate or you were on some fairly good mind altering substances because they were rubbish.
    How do you manage to fill the Horden and have it so lifeless at the same time?

  4. Was this review actually written *during* the gig? It reads like it. It certainly hasn’t been proofread. Terrible.

  5. I thought maybe I was at a different gig to the reviewer until I read the comments. Truly disappointing. As for Brown’s vocals floating – you’re kidding right, they were flat and out of sync for most of it (and barely audible at times). Definitely another one of his infamously unreliable live performances. I had to listen to them in the car on the way home just to remind myself how great they are!

  6. It was just brilliant and to see them perform again , we sung and danced around from the beginning to the end, but was hoping for an oncore , but that was it , until sunday at Randwick – Just a great night – brilliant sound and guitar play !

  7. Most inaccurate gig reveiw ever!!!
    I went to bad karaoke last night, thank god the band saved it!

  8. They were terrible, he was off key for the whole gig!

  9. Some poor comments here – yes browns vocals weren’t great – they never are, but from fools gold onwards (just the same as riverstage Brisbane) the band were simply too good for words – 3 musicians on top of their game

  10. twitter_SimonHolliday13

    Accusing Ian Brown of not being the best singer in the world is like accusing the Queen of being stuck up, a bit “up” herself! He is one of a number of great frontmen who are not where they are because of their angelic singing voice, it’s more about the lyrics attitude and stage presence! Ian Dury, Sean Ryder (especially him!), Mark Knopfler etc. Great frontmen not the best singers but they don’t pretend to be! If you go to a Roses conceret expecting Michael Buble’esque warblings then you are going to be very, very dissaspointed!

  11. twitter_theartyassassin

    I am one of the few who have always thought they were dire. If you want a laugh at their expense head here

  12. i cant quite believe some of the comments on here to be honest… this is my opinion more on the comments than the review (which was average to be honest)…

    stone roses to many people are a band that had a massive impact but very very few people have ever got the chance to see live, especially not living in the UK or europe.. as a stone roses fan (and seeing ian brown live in concert), eveyone knows he cant sing, so to expect him to be in tune the other night was a bit silly… i was in the first 10 rows at the front.. and to be honest i didnt hear him sing for most of it; the crowd were doing plenty of it so i can only assume the complaints about his voice are from people that didnt want to get too close to the band.

    as a gig goes, it was average, no offence to Zane but a rather odd choice of support act i thought… but it was the stone roses, ticked off the list for ever in my life and laugh in the face of all my uk mates that never will get to see them live.

  13. What the fuck would australians know about a decent band (or anything else apart from being loud obnoxious pricks), i saw Bowie in Melbourne and the Who in Perth and they were the worst crowds I have ever seen and totally flattened the bands. Was at heaton park they were immense and at t in the park best gig Ive ever seen. Browns not the best singer but the roses ARE the best group in the world.

  14. The Roses released a great album many years ago. Almost 25yrs- a lifetime for many. All this nostalgia is boring. Reliving youth? Fun but frustrating – ticking a box on the comeback merry-go-round. You know what you’re getting – debating their talent or lack of is pointless. It’s the second coming for some but smug cabaret to many who were there first time round. Here’s to the new. What would John Peel think?

  15. I was at the 2 brisbane gigs… compared to European shows, Aussie crowds are just lame… same at sporting events… our post-gig post-mortem into this came up with a few reasons. Firstly. Australia never really had punk – gigs where people let themselves go in a collective celebration and escapism from what lay outside those four walls. Secondly, they never had football ie. stood on the terraces and went nuts together whenever their team scored. This is what is lacking from Aussie crowds… oh, and they’ve got snide dress sense. Girls at the front of the roses gigs, all dolled-up like they were going to Royale’s. Guys wearing singlets in the pissing rain. I can see why bands play Australia – their economy is strong, tickets are expensive and there is huge financial gain, but as for atmosphere, it’s severely lacking.

  16. The Roses rock !!!!

  17. To be fair to the commentators, it wasn’t the Roses best gig. To be fair to the Roses, they had technical problems throughout and soldiered on. That they can deliver it’s proved by other gigs which are stunning, recently Jakarta, for example. It was just an unfortunate combination of things.

  18. facebook_g2thamoney

    These people that have left all these bad comments just make me wonder why they went to see The Roses in the first place,because they don’t really come across as fans.If they knew anything about the band at all,they’d know that Ian’s no choir boy.But to say the other guy’s were out of sync too.That’s bulls**t.
    Oh yeah.To @theartyassassin.”You sir are a french C**T”

  19. It’s always good to know Stones Roses fans are capable of an intelligent, well argued response. This gentleman (?) posted to my website a similarly abusive message. Intelligent enough to get my nationality correct but not my sex. Moron!

  20. Folks missing the point. I saw them at Glasgow green in 1990 and brown couldnt sing then. Musically they were tight last night and resurrection was awesome. Aussie crowds don’t get them and miss the point with most bands. No passion.

  21. I loved the gig, but in reality Ian’s vocals were way off until Fool’s Gold. Read our review at SGSN here

  22. Was at the Auckland gig, and then the Sydney FMF gig. The band were impeccable both times (Including Ian).

    The crowd at the Auckland gig was far better than at Sydney. Probably because it was an arena full of 30-40 year old english lads.

    Personally, I think the band are tighter and more accomplished than they have ever been. They put everything into their performances, and have been everything I wanted them to be in the gigs I’ve attended.

    Roses fans know that this has been a succesful comeback,and they are performing their socks off. The haters can f00k off in my opinion. And as someone said earlier, if you want boring pitch perfect vocals, go and see Michael Buble. For me, I prefer a bit of Manc swagger in my singing.

  23. I think i’m hearing a new Roses song mixed in at the beginning of Fools Gold and the end of IATR on some live performances. Check them out on YouTube.

    They’ve certainly evolved live… and the bass/drums and Squires guitar at the end of IATR mix in well together.

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