The air of anticipation surrounding this gig was thin, making this Skiddle virgin begin to worry that the old magic of the Stone Roses had died.
Ninety minutes later and all of these doubts were forgotten. The Complete Stones Roses define themselves as a ‘Stone Roses tribute band’, and that is precisely what they are. Excellent renditions of classics such as ‘This is the One’, ‘Fools Gold’, ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Elephant Stone’ remind any Stone Roses fan precisely why they listen to music and precisely why they listen to the Stone Roses. Just when you thought you couldn’t get any closer to seeing the great ones themselves the band play a true fans favourite ‘Tight Rope’, at this point the words ‘Delorian’ and ‘Marty Macfly’ spring to mind. No I hadn’t gone back in time but had come the closest to it that I could.
The members of The Complete Stone Roses are obviously big Roses fans and it was particularly impressive when they took requests for songs from the crowd. The fact that Allan "The Brownster" Marshall wasn’t a Manc slightly hindered the illusion that this was actually the Stone Roses but that was a minor flaw in what was otherwise a truly great tribute to a truly great band.
Tonight proved that good music is timeless and that the Stones Roses really are a legendary band (not that it was ever in question).