Resurrected Stone Roses play first show in 16 years
(AFP) The Stone Roses, one of the seminal bands to emerge from the Manchester indie rock scene in the 1980s, on Wednesday played their first show since bitterly disbanding in 1996.
Singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren opened the secret free gig in Warrington, northwest England, with classic hit "I Wanna Be Adored" in front of 1,500 guests.
It is the first time Wren has performed with the band since his departure in 1995, a year before the band fell apart after the acrimonious departure of Squire.
The band was resurrected last year after Brown and Squire patched up their differences at the funeral of Mounfield's mother.
The 225,000 tickets for the three official comeback shows at Heaton Park in Manchester on June 29-30 and July 1 sold out in an hour, a British record.
Brown's notoriously unpredictable voice, which plumbed the depths during the band's disastrous final show at the 1996 Reading Festival, held up throughout Wednesday's show, despite pre-show anxiety.
"I've never seen Ian nervous before," Stone Roses biographer John Robb told the NME.
"But he was, just as they came on. They sounded great. But how could they not with the world's best drummer?"
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher watched from one of the balconies and took to microblogging website Twitter during the show to declare: "The Stone Roses are back!"
Spiky frontman Brown mocked audience members who were filming on their mobile phones, while Wren recalled the spirit of 1989 -- Britain's "second summer of love" -- by emblazoning the group's iconic lemon motif on his bass drum.
The band recorded just two albums and their 1989 self-titled debut is regarded as a seminal work, fusing psychedelic pop with dance music.
With tracks such as "Fool's Gold" and "I Am The Resurrection", they were one of the leading lights of the "Madchester" indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, alongside acts like "Happy Mondays" and "The Charlatans".
Brown has since pursued a solo career and made a brief appearance in the 2004 film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".