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.