It was a truly memorable night of British rock. Hands down the most epic of the nights thus far at the ongoing #adidasunderground venue in Shoreditch, London, a surprise invite-only concert welcomed iconic Manchester band, The Stone Roses to its stage last night. Maybe it was the fact that frontman Ian Brown and the band were playing to an extremely small crowd of about 600 people that made the event so special. Or perhaps the even more unbelievable part about the show was the fact that it was easily the most intimate crowd the band has entertained in well over a decade.
Nonetheless, as the doors opened to a queue that twisted around the block, Stone Roses fans from across the area ascended to see Ian Brown and the band for a night that was gearing up to be unforgettable. Slated to go on around 11:00 p.m., the #adidasunderground venue welcomed no shortage of celebrity names and faces into its secluded location such as the likes of British Gold Medalist Jessica Ennis, 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and Jimmy Page.
Displaying their seasoned stage presence and experience, the band played the crowd in an almost orchestral fashion, laying into guitar solos and drum vamps as needed, while Brown would also pull the mic aside at moments to let the crowd roar the timeless lyrics. At one point, Brown, who took the stage with his customary tambourines in hand, reached down to the front to hand one off to a fan during their set. The single gesture characterized the vibe of the entire night that centered more around the idea of a band playing for their friends as opposed to the big-scale concerts that the band are more accustomed to these days. It was for the integrity of it. Part of the comeback. And as the band heads to Oslo, they leave Shoreditch and a select group of impassioned fans and diehard loyalists with an even deeper understanding of what has kept The Stone Roses an iconic British rock institution for so many years.
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