Manchester indie pioneers ‘The Stone Roses’ played the first of two warm up gigs yesterday at a full capacity Victoria Theatre in Halifax.
The band have been making headlines recently after releasing their song ‘All For One’ back in May. ‘All For One’ is the Roses’ first original song in over 20 years and has so far been met with mix reactions by the UK music press and fans alike. The song did feature however, in last nights setlist which also included Roses’ classics such as: ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Fools Gold’, silencing any questions as to whether or not the band would be omitting their hits in favour of new material.
The purpose of these warm up gigs (the other being at the Carlisle Sands Centre) is to prepare for a series of shows at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on June 15, 17, 18 and 19. Tickets for the shows are selling fast with the band are expected to sell out the 60,000 capacity stadium within the next week for what will be one of the biggest parties in Manchester in recent history.
What to expect from the Etihad Shows?
There have been lots of crazy rumours circulating about the upcoming gigs and the Roses’ are no strangers to eccentric behaviour. The biggest rumour is that the new album will be released this week and the band will be debuting the new songs at the Etihad shows.
A series of billboards have started appearing around Manchester featuring the Stone Roses famous lemon logo. The last time this happened was back in 2015 when the band announced their plans for this summers shows.
As well as the Roses’ there are a number of excellent support acts playing at the event including: Public Enemy, Chronixx, Blossoms, The Coral, The Buzzcocks and The Courteeners.