A Short History Of The Stone Roses



JANUARY 30: Manchester Hacienda. Filmed for BBC2's Snub TV.

The same set was played throughout this tour, with occasional

extras thrown in, like 'Mersey Paradise' and 'Going Down'.

Interviewed backstage, Reni reveals that "we just ignore the

rest of the world and concentrate on Manchester, because we

want to be the biggest band in our street."

FEBRUARY 17: Warrington Legends. Supported by the old lineup

of the Charlatans, with the little-feted Baz Kettley on vocals.

FEBRUARY 20: Sheffield University. Ian Brown's 26th birthday.

FEBRUARY 23: Middlesex Polytechnic.

FEBRUARY 28: Brighton Escape Club.

MARCH 1: Bradford Club Rio.

MARCH 2: Cardiff Venue

MARCH 3: Dudley JBs. Supported by the old lineup of The Charlatans,

with Baz once again at the mic.

MARCH 11: 'Made Of Stone' gets Single Of The Week in the NME - "Proof

that everything's coming up Stone Roses" declares their man.

MARCH 18: 'Made Of Stone' peaks at number 90.

APRIL 10: Reni's 25th birthday.

APRIL 28: Portsmouth South Parade Pier.

APRIL 29: Uxbridge Brunel University.

MAY 2: 'The Stone Roses' LP released. The press are unequivocal : "An

aural BigMac laced with psychedelic dill." (NME); "The spacy arrangements

aligned to a fertile combination of melodies, harmonies and guitars is

genuinely heady stuff." (Q); "This is a masterpiece." (Sounds); "The

sweet ache of poignancy." (Melody Maker); "Jangling in every sense."

(The Observer); "The Stone Roses are blooming in technicolor." (Rolling

Stone); "Well worth tracking down." (London Challenger).

MAY 4: Liverpool Polytechnic. A lemon is thrown onstage and the Waterfall

design t-shirt is available for 5 pounds. Two days later in Manchester,

"inflation" takes the price up to ten pounds.

MAY 5: Widnes Queen's Hall.

MAY 6: Manchester International 2. Total mania. Ian Brown wanders

onstage ringing a bell. The bar has to be temporarily closed as the

bar staff want to get down the front.

MAY 7: Sheffield University.

MAY 8: Leeds Warehouse.

MAY 11: Trent Polytechnic. Supported by the old lineup of The Charlatans,

with Baz, thrillingly, still at the helm.

MAY 12: Dudley JBs.

MAY 13: Tunbridge Angel Centre.

MAY 15: London ICA.

MAY 17: Birmingham Edwards No 8.

MAY 19: Aberystwyth University.

MAY 22: London Camden Dingwalls.

MAY 24: Oxford Polytechnic.

MAY 25: Shrewsbury Fridge. Tickets sell so well for this that the venue

is moved to a glitzy nightclub, Park Lane. Tickets cost 2 pounds.

MAY 26: Milton Keynes Elektra. (Cancelled due to recording of B-sides

for 'She Bangs The Drums' at London's RAK Studios.)

MAY 27: St Helens Citadel. (Cancelled due to recording.)

MAY 30: Preston Guildhall Foyer.

JUNE 3: Walsall Junction 10.

JUNE 6: Reading Majestic.

JUNE 7: Leicester University.

JUNE 8: Lancaster University. [The VinylJunki was there!!]

JUNE 20: Newcastle Riverside.

JUNE 21: Edinburgh Venue.

JUNE 22: Glasgow Rooftops.

JUNE 23: Middlesbrough Town Hall.

JUNE 24: Northampton Roadmenders.

JUNE 25: Norwich Arts Centre.

JUNE 26: Bristol Bierkeller.

JUNE 27: Stratford-On-Avon Civic Hall.

JUNE 28: Birmingham Irish Centre.

JULY 13: 'She Bangs The Drums' is released.

JULY 27: Newcastle Riverside.

JULY 28: The Daily Mirror alleges that Bros have "begged chart

newcomers The Stone Roses to support them but the band has refused."

Melody Maker runs a rumour circulating at the time that the band are

to play at "a film studio in Kensington." This turns out to be the

Alexandra Palace event.

AUGUST 5: 'She Bangs The Drums' peaks at number 36.

AUGUST 12: Empress Ballroom Blackpool. Manchester invades the coast

for the day. First mass spotting of 'Reni hats'. The band's arrival

onstage is heralded by Ian Brown strolling on with an electric yo-yo.

The rest of the band throw ice pops to the overheated crowd.

OCTOBER 12: Les Inrockuptibles Festival, Paris, playing with The La's

and Felt. Someone lets off a smoke bomb during the band's set.

NOVEMBER 1: 'Fool's Gold'/'What The World Is Waiting For' is released.

NOVEMBER 16: Mani's 27th birthday.

NOVEMBER 18: Alexandra Palace. In response to the 7000 crowd's chant

of "Manchester, la la la", Ian Brown delivers the now famous one-liner,

"It's not where you're from, it's where you're at." The event is

recorded by Granada TV, but the Roses' management pull the plug on the

proposed Great North Show documentary and the footage languishes in the

company's vaults. The post-gig party is in an old recording studio on

London' Holloway Road.

NOVEMBER 21: The Late Show, BBC2. The Stone Roses' first live TV

appearance. Forty seconds into 'Made Of Stone', the "limiter switch"

automatically cuts the powers as the volume exceeds BBC regulations.

The presenter hastily introduces a video of 'One Love' while Ian Brown

shouts "Amateurs! Amateurs!" at studio staff. "We're wasting our time

here, lads." he continues.

NOVEMBER 23: 'Fool's Gold' Top Of The Pops appearance with Happy Mondays.

Both bands are interviewed by Nick Kent for The Face. His piece, which

ends with the words "Welcome to the No Power Generation" causes the Roses

extreme displeasure.

NOVEMBER 24: John Squire's 27th birthday.

DECEMBER 2: 'Fool's Gold' peaks at number 8.

DECEMBER 21: An application is made to Halton Borough Council to hold

the Spike Island event.



JANUARY 10: Number One magazine reveal that 'Fool's Gold' was the

best selling indie single of 1989. 'The Stone Roses' was the best

selling indie album.

JANUARY 30: The Stone Roses and their road manager Steve Adge drive

up to Wolverhampton from Rockfield Studios in South Wales, where they

are recording with John Leckie, and visit their former record company,

Revolver. Angry at the label's re-release of their 1987 single 'Sally

Cinnamon' - and specifically its accompanying video - they throw blue

and white paint over label boss Paul Birch and his girlfriend Olivia

Darling. Ian Brown puts a brick through Birch's 25000 pound Mercedes.

"The video was insulting", Brown said at the time. "Blokes selling

fruit, a few pigeons, some black woman holding a baby, a picture of me

on the front of The Face, a few people in flares... So we went and

painted him."

JANUARY 31: The band and Steve Adge are arrested. Ian Brown, John Squire

and Reni are arrested in their hotel near the studio. Mani and Steve

walk into Monmouth police station to give themselves up. All are taken

to Wolverhampton. Steve Adge is released without charge.

FEBRUARY 1: The Stone Roses are released on bail.

FEBRUARY 7: The Stone Roses serve a writ on Revolver to try to stop the

video for 'Sally Cinnamon' being shown.

FEBRUARY 12: The 'Sally Cinnamon' hearing is adjourned for three weeks.

FEBRAURY 19: 'Elephant Stone', the band's 1988 debut single for

Silvertone, is re-issued. They begin two days of international

interviews at London's Tara Hotel. The British press are not invited.

FEBRAURY 20: Ian Brown's 27th birthday.

FEBRUARY 26: 'Made Of Stone' re-issued.

MARCH 3: 'Elephant Stone' peaks at number 8.

MARCH 6: The Stone Roses appear at Wolverhampton Magistrate's Court

charged with criminal damage over the Revolver raid. The case is

adjourned when the defence and prosecution fail to agree on a figure

for damages. The entire hearing lasts for less than 60 seconds.

MARCH 10: The case is adjourned to give Revolver time to prepare their

defence. NME reports that the band have lost the initial 'Sally Cinnamon'


MARCH 17: 'Made Of Stone' peaks at number 20.

MARCH 31: The NME reports that Ian Brown was spotted in London's

'nitespot' Cafe De Paris "holding an animated conversation with the

entire Liverpool football team."

APRIL 10: Reni's 26th birthday.

APRIL 12: Wolverhampton Magistrate's Court. Adjourned until the 26th,

and committed to Crown Court.

APRIL 18: Ian Brown spotted in London's Charing Cross Road after coming

down with his father, Vincent, to see their team - Warrington - lose

36-14 to Wigan in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

APRIL 26: Wolverhampton Crown Court.

MAY 14: The Daily Mirror carries a showbiz report about a shooting at

Manchester International, the club previously managed by the Roses'

manager, Gareth Evans. The Stone Roses are there, along with Tim Booth

and Saul Davies from James.

MAY 15: Copenhagan.

MAY 16: Lund (Sweden). 'Sally Cinnamon' court case comes up again.

MAY 17: Stockholm.

MAY 19: Oslo.

MAY 26: At a pre Spike Island press conference in Manchester's

Piccadilly Hotel, the band successfully bait press from all around

the world. Local journalist based in US, Frank Owen says they're

taking the piss and is attacked by a drunken fan. "What will you

be doing in five years?" asks the Daily Star. "What a stupid question"

retorts Ian Brown.

MAY 27: Spike Island. 28000 attend the all day concert on an island

in the Mersey Estuary. The Stone Roses are the only band to play - the

rest of the music is provided by DJs Frankie Knuckles, Gary Clail, Dave

Haslam and Dave Booth. The band perform 17 songs in 75 minutes, ending

with a riotous 'I Am The Resurrection'. The weather is gloriously

sunny and the vibe is generally excellent. But the queue for alcohol is

two hours long and cigarettes are unavailable. Backstage, journalists

are appalled to learn that the only free drink on hand is Coca-Cola.

JUNE 2: Glasgow Green. 8000 people cram into a tent to witness The

Stone Roses' last live appearance. After the gig, the band return to the

Sub Club, where they party until 7.30am. Report in the NME that the

release of the Roses' next single, 'One Love', is to be delayed, pending

new cover art, because a swastika could be detected in John Squire's

original painting. "Anyone who knows us knows we're not Nazis," explains

Ian Brown in a Select interview, "but if some kid in Barcelona goes into

a bar with a t-shirt on - Stone Roses, looking a bit like a swastika - ends

up gettng stabbed. How would we feel then?"

JUNE 3: Appearance at Feria De Nimes Festival in Spain cancelled

because of it's bull-fighting connections. "We don't want a ritual

slaughter as a support act," says a spokesman.

JUNE 18: Official release of 'One Love' is delayed. The official line

is that the cover art is not yet ready, although cynics believe that

the band are prolonging the suspense to guarantee chart entry at number


JUNE 21: Chicago (Cancelled) "America doesn't deserve us yet" - Ian Brown

JUNE 22: New York (Cancelled)

JUNE 25: 'One Love'/'Something's Burning' released.

JUNE 29: Hollywood High School Gymnasium (Cancelled)

JUNE 30: San Fransisco (Cancelled)

JULY 11: The band pull out of an appearance on Wogan after a dispute

over the length of their slot. The band want to be interviewed by

Terry Wogan, but the BBC merely require a mimed performance of 'One

Love'. The band refuse to appear.

JULY 14: Sounds reports that rumours of the band trying to set up a

gig in Beirut are true, but according to a spokesman, "logistically

improbable." 'One Love' peaks at number 4.

JULY 28: NME carries a picture of Mani with his new short haircut.

Reni turns upto the opening of Central Station Design's exhibition

in Manchester Art Gallery wearing a sou'wester and wading boots.

Reports that he was armed with a chainsaw are never confirmed.

AUGUST 22: The music press reports that Stone Roses have "left"

their contract with Silvertone - poached by an as yet unnamed company.

SEPTEMBER 15: Melody Maker reports that Silvertone have put an

injunction on the band, preventing them from recording for another label.

OCTOBER 5: Wolverhampton Crown Court. The Stone Roses are fined 3000

pounds each, plus 95 pounds costs, for the Revolver paint-throwing

incident. Damages are deferred. The band are described by their

defence as "four young men with an absessive regard for their music."

NOVEMBER 16: Mani's 28th birthday.

NOVEMBER 24: John Squire's 28th birthday.

DECEMBER 1: The Young Telegraph informs us that "those crazy Manchester

lads The Stone Roses have recently become golf addicts." The story is

noticeably absent from other publications.

DECEMBER 15: It is reported that the band have been involved in a food

fight with The Mock Turtles at a festival in Spain. The chosen weapon?




FEBRUARY 10: The Rumbelows League Cup semi-final first leg held played at

Old Trafford. As fiesty carrot-haired Leeds United midfielder Gordon

Strachan (formerly of Manchester United) goes flying ove some advertising

hoardings, a disillusioned Mancunian fan in the crowd gobs at him. It is

Mani - making an unexpected live TV comeback.

FEBRUARY 20: Ian Brown's 28th birthday.

FEBRUARY 23: The NME quotes insiders in The Stone Roses camp as saying

the band now have enough new material to fill two LPs.

MARCH 4-6: Silvertone try to have the 1988 contract with the band declared

enforceable, and seek an injunction to stop the group recording for any

other company. The interim injunction stays in place pending the outcome

of the case.

MARCH 18-22: The band appear in the Law Courts in The Strand, London, to

hear the testimony of Geoffrey Howard, their solicitor at the time of

signing the Silvertone deal. Later in the week, the band's lawyer, John

Kennedy, reports that they had been offered 4 million dollars to sign for

Geffen Records. Rumours of a Roses summer concert start.

MARCH 23: Melody Maker reports Ian Brown saying that if the case went

against them the band would give up music and go on the dole.

MARCH 25-26: The band appear in court in connection with the Silvertone

contract - although Reni is ill and can't attend. The reasons behind the

band's non-appearance on Wogan in July '89 are discussed. It's revealed

in court that Roses manager Gareth Evans' real name is Ian Bromley. He

changed it while working at Vidal Sassoon's in the '60s.

APRIL 10: Reni's 27th birthday.