The 27th of May 2010 will be the 20th anniversary of The Stone Roses landmark gig at Spike Island. To celebrate the anniversary we’ll be publishing a series of special commemorative articles.
Look out out for historical magazine articles and reviews, some classic photos, the odd download and maybe some surprises.
Of course a big part of the atmosphere was down to the fans. Please share your memories via our comments and if you have photos or anything else you’d like to share then get in touch.
As darkness descends, The Roses come further out of their shells, Squire’s guitar getting far heavier than the Manc rule book allows. Brown holds an inflatable glove aloft during ‘What The World Needs Now’, then boots it into the audience, and the huge disco balls above the stage reflect a spinning constellation of light points around the crowd. In the silence between ‘Made Of Stone’s power pop and ‘Elizabeth My Dear’s eerie rhyme, Brown carries on dancing like a mesmerised clubber caught unawares by the houselights. By now they have got it right. Arrogance and magic fuse.
NME 9 June 1990