by Jasmine Harrop
This weekend just gone saw The Stone Roses return, with many attendees no doubt beginning to feel a serious case of 'post-gig-blues' now the working week is well and truly underway.
They were back for their much anticipated four date residency at Etihad Stadium which usually is home to Manchester City's football team ironically not the native bands team of choice. The stadium consecutively played host to a crowd of 50.000. All there with a common sense of nostalgia and dedication, with bucket hats out in force and the reoccurring rain over the evenings being far from a hinderance. The formidable unity between the vast crowd made the concert feel like something more personal like a house party for every generation the family with a shared belief in the band, singing their hymns with them. Confirming that not one crowd member was there to make judgement of Brown's vocals, which by Sunday were beginning to strain. Allowing him to step his way across the whole of the stage, drummer Alan “Reni” Wren of the bucket hat to beam relentlessly, 'Fred Perry fringed' bassist Mani and John Squire on guitar to absorb the crowds vigour.
They fired out the anthems that they are most known for - 'Fools' Gold', 'Waterfall', 'She Bangs the Drums' - causing flashmob like dancing among the crowd apart from it included holding a pint above your head. They initiate the party on Wednesday evening by pleasing the fans instantly with 'I Wanna Be Adored' and ending the nights on 'I Am the Resurrection'. They also played the first of the two newly released tracks 'All For One' as evidence of their new material. While the altered special rendition of the track 'This Is The One' was an unexpected but undeniable highlight of the shows for many, the performance of the song on the opening night being dedicated to Mr Beckham who was there with his eldest Son.
The scenes at the shows were magnificent despite the flying pint glasses, with brightly coloured smoke flares progressing above the crowd. A supply that the 'gig-goers' did not abandon, muted colours still forming a haze at Sunday's finale, even after the request of frontman Ian with complaints of suffocation on behalf of the whole band following the first gigs. Fireworks hit the Mancunian skies as the band left stage, accompanied with audio of their latest track 'Beautiful Thing' letting fans continue to marvel at the band.
Images from Hollie Wright (@holliewright_ on instagram), Josh Manton (@maton_josh on instagram), Emily Grace Kilner (@_0n3_l0v3_ on instagram), Rob Dockerty (@rjdockerty on instagram), Graham (@HATFUL.OFGRAHAM on instagram).