July 17th 2012-07-18
The Stone Roses may not have sold out the Milan gig but there was shortage of people reviewing the show with Warren Nixon covering the show as well as Michella O Brian’s review
The Stone Roses must be the musical story of the year in the UK.
It’s been massive shot in the arm for a moribund UK music scene and has put the excitement back after years of directionless floundering.
Meanwhile in Europe the band are still somewhat of a cult band, especially at the gigs I have been to like tonight in Milan where the band play to 3000 people in a half full stadium.
There’s a reason for this of course. The Stone Roses could hardly claim to have had a normal career. They burst onto the UK scene after five years in the wilderness and were the top band for a year and then disappeared before they really had a proper go at Europe.
Their second coming managed to squeeze in a world tour but they hardly touched some of these countries like Italy so the 3000 that turn up was not only a fair sized crowd but also a fanatical crowd, who like everyone in the UK, knows every word and very nuance of their amazing songs.
Supported by the excellent Justice Tonight band that are singing Clash classics for the Justice for the Hillsborough 96 campaign the scene is set nicely for the Roses. Justice Tonight sound great tonight, the band is tight and the charismatic Jones looks perfectly happy, dealing out the songs with vocals shared by the Casts’s John Power, Peter Hooton from the Farm and LTW boss John Robb.
When the Roses hit the stage it’s mayhem and the band sound better than at any of the other 4 shows I’ve seen them at this year. They are astonishingly tight, that year of rehearsing is not wasted and they make it all sound so effortless. The rhythm section is the best in rock n roll, their fluidity and power is like no other band, Ian Brown does the floating like a bumble bee charisma thing and his voice is almost note perfect, singing in that softer, almost whispered sound whilst John Squire is mind blowing on the guitar- the end of Fools Gold is as mesmerising as it gets as the band jam out for ten minutes.
There may be no Something Burning in the set tonight and Elizabeth My Dear seems to have been dropped maybe because it’s a bit too parochial for the non UK audiences, but Ian Brown still finds time to spit on a union jack that is handed up to him and stamp on it- the skinny singer doesn’t seem to have lost his militant edge.
They end on I Am The Resurrection and the audience look elated, if there is one thing for sure the Stone Roses seem to have finally come back to claim their crown and this time do it properly.
Next time they will be easily selling these kind of places out.