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.