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Saturday 14 December 2019

Stone Roses in surprise comeback

The Stone Roses made a live comeback with a low-key show in Warrington
The Stone Roses made a live comeback with a low-key show in Warrington

Around 1,000 fans saw The Stone Roses play their first gig since the band was resurrected after an absence of 16 years.

The free show in Warrington reunited all four original members on stage ahead of a series of gigs this summer.

Their set opened with I Wanna Be Adored - the opening track on their debut album, before going into the less well known b-side Mersey Paradise, early single Sally Cinnamon and Made of Stone.

The crowd, reported to include former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, were told about the show through the band's website and were allocated tickets if they turned up with a record sleeve, t-shirt or ticket for one of their forthcoming gigs.

The gig at the town's Parr Hall is just a few miles from Spike Island where the band played one of their most famous shows.

The quartet had been due to make a rather more high profile UK return next month with sell-out shows at Manchester's Heaton Park, although the actual reunion would have taken place in Spain a few days earlier.

The band also played songs from their Second Coming album during the set.

Journalist John Robb, who has followed the band since their early days in Manchester, told his Twitter followers the show ended with the "Band at front of stage arms aloft we'll be back says Ian".

The NME said the band were "light years from how they sounded in 96".

Their debut album, released in 1989, is often hailed as one of the greatest debuts of all time. They followed it up five years later but the group fell apart in 1996, a year after guitarist John Squire had left the band.

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