Wednesday 13 December 2017

Meadows on hold for Roses film

Shane Meadows missed the Stone Roses' legendary Spike Island gig
Shane Meadows missed the Stone Roses' legendary Spike Island gig

Shane Meadows has revealed a planned film about the Stone Roses reunion is to make up for missing their most legendary gig - because of a "bad acid trip".

The 38-year-old Bafta-winning director is so desperate to document his heroes' comeback he has put other projects on hold.

Shane spoke about the project for the first time at a preview screening of his forthcoming Channel 4 drama This Is England '88.

He revealed he was "in talks" with the seminal Manchester band, who last month announced a reunion tour after splitting up in 1996, and that he had sat in on some of their rehearsals.

Shane said the project would help overcome his teenage disappointment for missing the Roses' 1989 concert for 27,000 fans at Spike Island. Speaking at Bafta in London last night, he said: "I missed the famous Spike Island gig because I had a bad acid trip. You had to be there.

"I wouldn't have cared if they'd come and smacked me with a sandwich, I just wanted to be there and I missed it, so this is be going back to Spike Island but at about 40 and with no hair."

Shane added that he's put on hold his other projects, including a biopic about legendary British cycle champ Tommy Simpson.

"It's one of those things which come up rarely in life, when you go, 'Apart from my family needing me, that's going to happen. If they want me to do it and it comes off I'm doing that'," he said.

The director described This Is England '88, which will be screened in December, as "a very brutal nativity play", and also talked about a future 1990 instalment which will see the gang get into the Nineties rave scene and the music of the Stone Roses.

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