Posted in music | pictures on April 15, 2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

The Stone Roses @ Coachella, 4/12/2013
Stone Roses

The biggest surprise of the day, however, came with the Stone Roses. As you approached the main stage the crowd seemed smaller and smaller until you realised that - with barely 10 minutes before showtime - it was quite possible to walk all the way up to the front barriers. Things did fill up slightly by the time Ian Brown et al emerged but there was something strange about seeing this most iconic of bands shuffling through Fools Gold to a crowd one fifth of the size of Tegan and Sara's next door. It's hard to say if the band themselves were off form - this could have been the exact same performance as their Heaton Park show, yet without the frenzied atmosphere of their fans the whole thing fell a bit flat. Any band who sing I Wanna Be Adored demand to be the main event ... and when they're not? Well, it's yet another perfect example of the need for music to suit its surroundings. - [The Guardian]
The Stone Roses played their first American show since 1995 as Friday night headliners at Coachella (4/12). Well the whole "Who the hell are the Stone Roses?" tweets seemed prophetic as the veteran (and much loved in some circles) Manchester band played, reportedly, to about 5000 people on the main Coachella stage Friday night. It was certainly noble of Coachella to treat their reunion as one deserving the top line on the first released poster, even if didn't translate into sheer numbers.

That said, those in attendance were a "dedicated crowd," most of whom had waited nearly two decades to see the band in America. Opening with their classic "I Wanna Be Adored," the band's 11-song set hit most of their short discography's highlights, including "Fool's Gold," "Waterfall," "She Bangs the Drums," and epic rock-out "I Am the Resurrection" which closed their set. (No "Elephant Stone" or, more crucially, "What the World is Waiting For," though.) You can watch video of "Fools Gold" and "Made of Stone" below. The band sounded great. As for frontman Ian Brown's vocals...the band sounded great.

Their two Coachella sets (the second being this Friday [4/19)]) and a show in Mexico City last week (4/9) are the only North American shows the band have for now. Setlist, more pictures (originally posted on BV Chicago), and videos below...

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Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

Coachella 2013 - Day 1

The Stone Roses @ Coachella 2013

SETLIST: The Stone Roses @ Coachella, 4/12/2013
I Wanna Be Adored
Sally Cinnamon
Ten Storey Love Song
Waterfall
Don't Stop
Fools Gold
(With "Day Tripper" by The Beatles excerpt)
Made Of Stone
This Is the One
Love Spreads
She Bangs The Drums
I Am The Resurrection

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Comments (41)

"The band sounded great" - literally the first time anyone has ever said this about a Stone Roses live show. They are a historically terrible live act, out of all stadium-sized bands. The deserved that crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 1:48 PM

wow, thats one crap version of fool's gold.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 1:53 PM

"this most iconic of bands"

#niggaplease

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 1:53 PM

Take a fucking singing lesson, Ian.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 1:55 PM

Dear god he sounds terrible

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:07 PM

The Stone Roses debut album is among my all time top-10. But, Ian's singing live was horrendous. I will not see them if they play NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:08 PM

Yeah, @1:48, the band really didn't even sound that great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:19 PM

They are coming here. Stay tuned but yeah Ian's voice is shot. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:19 PM

i sucked ian off after the show

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:19 PM

#coachellafail

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:19 PM

A cup of Throat coat tea for that man.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:19 PM

How many people do you think will be there next week?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:20 PM

hahaha holy shit that was horrible, and i love them. stone roses cover band could do 'fools gold' better live.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:20 PM

Prince Valiant?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:24 PM

Remember when people thought Blur and Stones Roses would play NYC....

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:26 PM

Wow. One of my top, top favorite bands. Ian, what the heck?! Just phoning it in or what? Should have thought about some vocal rehearsals.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:38 PM

"Remember when people thought Blur and Stones Roses would play NYC...."

Nice to see you are back again, troll.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:40 PM

I don't know what is worse: the fact that Stone Roses are considered headliners (WTF?) or that Tegan and Sarah got 5 times the crowd. Either way, lose-lose situation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:43 PM

I saw the Stone Roses in 1995 at the Hollywood Palladium. I walked out about 4 songs into the set. One of the worst live bands I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:46 PM

240 Nice to see you were wrong haha

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:46 PM

240, i don't think you know what the word 'troll' means. really.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 2:50 PM

2:46 - me too - awful

If you had stayed a bit longer you would have heard the crowd boo them at the end - never saw that for a headliner

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 3:02 PM

Yeah, I saw Them play a few months back & Ian could not hold a key.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 3:11 PM


"this most iconic of bands"

#niggaplease


#clueless

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 3:16 PM

Every concert photographer is pleased by this, as the band has a notorious photo agreement:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/why_photographers_are_boycotting_the_stone_roses

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 3:36 PM

Jon Squire is into dots now huh?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 6:07 PM

Despite loving the studio versions, I would never pay to see this crap live show. But, a superior tribute band...I would most definitely.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 6:29 PM

"Despite loving the studio versions, I would never pay to see this crap live show. But, a superior tribute band...I would most definitely."

yep. so ridiculous that a band can be this bad live that real fans actually say stuff like this (i totally agree with you)

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 6:42 PM

@2:38 Ian actually never could sing, the album's entire "legendary" status is due to studio trickery.

There's not a bigger group of talentless assholes who somehow got the "legend' tag than the Stone Roses. Great LP, nothing else at all to them. Worst people, terrible live, why do people turn a blind eye to this?

I'd rather see RIDE than these chumps anyday. Shit, even junkie wastoid Sean Ryder can put on a better show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 7:07 PM

Ian Brown has been known for being awful since the very beggining, their debut was near-perfect but he was never passable live. The drummer is a better singer. I remember reading somewhere back then that as a singer, Ian Brown is a great writer.

Posted by Unanymous | April 15, 2013 7:22 PM

There better than any shit yank band, just ask Liam Gallagher!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 8:17 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 10:29 PM

As for frontman Ian Brown's vocals...the band sounded great.

Posted by SANCHEZ | April 16, 2013 3:51 AM

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Posted by Launch X431 Scanner | April 16, 2013 4:04 AM

The Second Second Coming

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 6:36 AM

it was possible to walk up to the barrier 10 minutes but there were 5000 people? i've never been to coachella, how big is the stage? How many people watch a typical set?

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 10:32 AM

wowza. I had no idea they would be that bad live. what a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 10:50 AM

I would never watch them again ever since I saw Ian Brown ejecting people when he couldn't hold a note a T in the park then when I called him a Wanker he walked off stage and refused to come back out. What I meant to say your a tuneless Wanker Ian. As for the person who would rather see Ride I'm with you mate get chapterhouse there as well and it would to try and banish that tuneless Crap from my mind.

Posted by gary | April 17, 2013 6:04 PM

That's just fine America. You keep Pearl Jam, Lebron, Dave Matthews and your World Series. The rest of the world is fine with diversity, Lionel Messi, good clothes and The Stone Roses.

Posted by Luis Suarez | April 17, 2013 9:30 PM

they want to kick off the rock dinosaur phenomenon all over again,alas the guitarist's a noodler,the bloke with the mic. is surely breaching the trades description act and ...well,it's all very bland and amateur,is'nt it.A youth club band that got out of hand.Rank Manc shawshank !

Posted by RICH | April 18, 2013 1:00 AM

I've heard bootlegs so I had no illusions about how bad they can be when Ian is off key and the mix and tuning are bad... but I gotta say... The set they delivered on 4.19 was fantastic! Everything I could have wanted in a set from them. The drumming was on (jazz fills to begin Love Spreads), the bass was on, Squire was on fire, and Ian even hit his notes! They moved from manchester pop to funk groove and back in 64 bars, and the jams were dancable. much better crowd and vibe, and the extended jams are what make this band the amalgam they are... and when I see a live show i want to see the band stretch out and that is what they did. totally worthwhile.

Posted by salve_sons | April 21, 2013 11:49 PM

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