Lot’s of people keep asking why the Stone Roses are not on the BBC’s T In the Park coverage.
It would make great TV watching the band at the top of their game but the Roses have always thrived on mystique and not appearing everywhere makes them more interesting. The Roses have always controlled their image- back in the old days they were hardly ever on TV- they only did one Top Of the pops they knew about less is more. Maybe some bands are on TV just a bit too much. I’m sure Kaiser Cheifs were on doing another festival TV spot two weeks ago!
The other reason is that the Roses are filming their own documentary with Shane Meadows. Last time we saw Shane last week he said he had 200 hours of footage of gigs, sound checks, backstage stuff and interviews and is still filming to the end of the tour. The way he described it the film sounded great and our guess is that it should be out before xmas.
In many ways it’s like the Sex Pistols and Malcolm Mclaren’s maxim of creating a band that no-one could ever actually see, a band that is bigger than the treadmill and doesn’t have to grovel to Chris Moyles to get heard- let’s celebrate that small victory…