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
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
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.