So much to answer for, The Stone Roses in Glasgow
The Stone Roses have always adored playing Glasgow over the years and tonight’s gig at the national stadium will be their fourth gig in the city. Expect the south side to be lit up by timeless melodies, echoing lyrics and grooves that will once again become part of the Roses unique relationship with their second favourite city.
Here we look back to their previous three gigs, the impact they had and how they helped cement Glasgow’s One Love for a truly exceptional band back at the top of their game…
Rooftops June 22nd 1989
The Stone Roses swept into Glasgow just after the release of their mind blowing self-titled debut album and played a gig in front of 500 in the cities Rooftops nightclub on Sauchiehall Street
The gig is remembered as being a night with good vibes as the Roses played a set crammed full of hits from their debut album, which had already sold in masses across the city.
(Made of Stone Live at Rooftops 1989)
With only 500 briefs tickets ran out rapid as those who were lucky enough to capture a piece of music history crammed into the tiny venue to see a band that would become music icons.
Glasgow Green June 9th 1990
Just over a year since their small debut gig in Glasgow, the band were back in the city once again, this time in front of around 8,000 at Glasgow Green.
In a gig that is widely regarded as their best ever, the Roses rocked a tent in Glasgow Green packed full of thousands of fans who created one of the best atmospheres any gig in the city has ever seen.
Their big night at the big top is well known in Scottish music folklore as an era-defining gig and significant too in the band’s story as it turned out to be their last show for five years.
(Stone Roses Glasgow Green Live recording)
The summer of 90 was seen as the second summer of love, Madchester and its style, swagger and attitude took grip across the country and Glasgow Green was no different as young hysterical fans witnessed the band they had been waiting for.It came only weeks after their mammoth Spike Island show in Merseyside which had been a disappointment for many fans after much hype. However, fans at Glasgow Green were not let down as the Roses blew Glasgow away with a performance of sheer perfection in front of adoring fans.
There are some magical anecdotes of the gig, but none stand out more than the story of people witnessing indoor rain, as humidity inside the tent led to a mist that eventually led to indoor rain, fans literally danced in the cosmic indoor to 17 hits from the Stone Roses and some of their best know B-sides such as Fools Gold and Elephant Stone.
What they said:
“When we were on stage that day, we all looked at each other, and then just went up another level.” Mani, the Stone Roses
“On 9 June the Roses played Glasgow Green, a show that was for many perhaps their finest-ever live performance. The show itself was a killer – it was blistering and it was loud. It seemed then like The Stone Roses were invincible, an unstoppable force, a band that touched people’s hearts and souls. They had the tunes and the attitude.” John Robb, music journalist
Glasgow Green June 15th 2013
The resurrection of the Stone Roses back in 2011 eventually took the band back to their spiritual Scottish home in 2013, where they played back on the site of their famous 1990 gig.
Every pub and bar across the city blasted hits like Waterfall as a real festival atmosphere took hold with many stating they’d never seen so much hype around a band in Glasgow.
When it finally came to the Stone Roses arriving onto the stage just after 9 the 50,000 strong crowd lapped up every tune, shouting the lyrics back in a gig that inspired the band to another terrific display in Glasgow.
Their second coming to the Green was viewed as triumphant as the band produced a masterclass and fans young and old partied like it was 1990 amidst a sea of bucket hats as flares lit up the summer sky.
What they said:
The band paid a special homage to Glasgow before walking off the stage, completely blown away by the crowd.
“I wish I was Glaswegian.”
Ian Brown, The Stone Roses
“The best band in the world in the second best city in the world”
Mani, The Stone Roses
Well, they didn’t always get it right… 😉