Seminal Indie rock band The Stone Roses have played a comeback concert in the UK. The surplice gig took place in the town of Warrington.
The announcement about the Warrington concert by The Stone Roses was a surprise to most and was made on the day of the concert (May 23). The band announced the event on their website and offered all tickets free on a first come, first served basis. The news was quickly passed around internet forums.
Digital Spy noted that the only stipulation was that fans had to turn up to the venue and take along either a Stone Roses CD inlay cover, record sleeve or official band t-shirt with them to the box office in order to get a wrist band. The wrist band can then be used for access to the concert.
The concert, held at the Parr Hall, was the band's first live performance for sixteen years. Their first 'official' comeback show had been scheduled for Barcelona on June 8. This event will still go ahead and will mark the start of their world tour. This includes scheduled UK shows in Manchester's Heaton Park on June 29, 30 and July 1.
According to The Daily Mirror, an update on the band's website also noted that the charity HUGS (Helping Uganda Schools) would be collecting donations at the venue.
The band released their debut album, "The Stone Roses", in 1989, which contained the double A-side single, "Fools Gold/What the World Is Waiting For". The album, and a follow up in 1994 ("Second Coming"), became huge international hits. The Stone Roses were one of the pioneers of the so-called "Madchester scene", which became prominent in the late 1980s and early 1990s, mixing elements of dance music with a more quintessential alternative rock sound.
The band then fell into hiatus with lead singer Ian Brown pursing a solo career until the recent decision for the band to reunite.