The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
Formed at the tail-end of 1984 by five native Mancunians, The Stone Roses boasted an unprecedented flurry of early activity with gigs at the Marquee, Fulham Greyhound, Ad Lib (Kensington) and an appearance at Pete Townsend’s Anti-Heroin benefit at London’s Moonlight Club. The latter culminated in drummer Reni ‘jamming’ with Townsend and guests for ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘Substitute’.
Major music press interviews and reviews followed, with further gigs at Dingwalls and persistent airplay on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio.
In April ’85, the quintet toured Sweden for three weeks, playing all the major cities, including four shows in Stockholm. Throughout the tour, attendances grew alongside major press interest.
On their return, The Roses organised and played Manchester first Warehouse party in front of over 1,000. This was followed by the band’s first official Manchester gig, at the Hacienda, headlining over Playn Jayn.
Further London shows included a support slot with The Chiefs Of Relief at The Embassy to promote Dennis Morris’ Sex Pistols Photo Book, and an appearance with That Petrol Emotion at Riverside Studio’s Rough Trade Week, as well as playing Croydon Underground as special guests of Dr. & The Medics.
In October 1985, the band released their first single ‘So Young/Tell Me’ on Thin Line Records. Produced by the legendary Martin Hannett, it was the top-selling record in Manchester stores for three weeks. John Peel aired the single twice on his Radio One show as the band stepped up its live work.
An accident in early 1986 hospitalised Reni, halting the band’s progress for a full six months. During this time the band slimmed down to its current four-man line-up the departure of the rhythm guitarist.
Their first gig in this format was at The Ritz in Manchester where 1,100 people paid to see a memorable ‘comeback’ show.
In Dec ’86m The Stone Roses signed to FM-Revolver Records and recorded a new single titled ‘Sally Cinnamon’, released May 1987 on the company’s Black label.