Wembley Arena

City: London

Date: 29th December 1995

Running Time (Approx): 85 mins

Tracklist:

  1. I Wanna Be Adored
  2. She Bangs The Drums
  3. Waterfall
  4. Ten Storey Love Song
  5. Daybreak
  6. Breaking Into Heaven
  7. Your Star Will Shine
  8. Tightrope
  9. Tears
  10. Love Spreads – choice track
  11. Good Times
  12. Made Of Stone
  13. Driving South
  14. I Am The Resurrection

Sound Quality: B 
Slightly distant and rough, but sounds quite professional, i.e. a good sound mix.

Performance Quality: B
I could not give an A for Ian’s awful singing, but Squire is amazing and Maddix tries to put a bit more variation into his drumming. Mani is as reliable as ever.

Why should I get this bootleg?

Plenty of reasons – this was the legend that is John Squire’s last performance with the Roses, a moment in history, and he plays brilliantly. Also for the roadies cover, and Mani taking the mic to shout at the crowd. Also hear Ian play brief harmonica on Good Times. This gig also clocks in at 85 mins, one of the longest, if not the longest sets the Roses ever did.

Fan reviews

“Sounds great!” – George Chuddy, USA

“Squire left his Roses life in style. Ian sounds quite poor but he does play the harmonica at the start of Good Times which I haven’t heard him do before.” – Ben Cohen, England

One thought on “Wembley Arena”

  1. I was there for my debut and only Roses gig and remember travelling from sw London to Wembley arena to purchase my tickets ( no online bookings in those days)
    When the concert came round I was on a tube with like minded excited fans speaking aloud about what songs the band would play. ” I hope they play ‘elephant stone ‘ instead of the likes of ‘daybreak ‘came one plea. To tell the truth ‘ daybreak ‘ is incredible live and ES would have been amazing but by this point I just wanted to see my heroes perform (albeit without Renni)
    The signs were excellent when The Manic street preachers supported ( no richey) and showcased the forthcoming ‘everything must go’ album and finished with ‘motorcycle emptiness ‘
    I don’t remember much of the roses gig other than I loved every minute. The mate I was with remarked “they’re milking this’ as the swamp intro to ‘breaking into heaven ‘ morphed into ‘ adored ‘ to rapturous acclaim from all and sundry.
    ” Do you know ? – you’re witnessing history ” said someone eyes bulging to anyone who would listen.
    And we were ( 15 odd years before reforming for Heaton Park) we didn’t realise then the fallout of John leaving and reading ’96 would leave us without our bestest, favourite band ( including oasis )
    I had to leave early to catch my train so missed ‘resurrection ‘ but in hindsight I’m more gutted about missing buying the xl posters, t shirts and merchandise being sold cheaply outside Wembley arena.
    I didn’t make any of the reunion gigs (put off but by the karaoke singalong I envisioned the events would be) I was wrong – watching footage now, the band were incredible.
    My biggest regret is no release of any demos album of ‘second coming ‘ and the not 3rd album but at least I had that one night at the end of December ’95.

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