I Wanna Be Adored: An evening with The Stone Roses

Indie is my favourite music. The soundtrack to my childhood mainly consisted of Oasis, The Cure, anyone Welsh (I heard a LOT of Catatonia from my patriotically Welsh Father) but most of all, The Stone Roses.

I genuinely believe that if you gave me a drum kit, or a guitar, I would be able to play most of their songs (even though I have never actually played those instruments before). I love everything about them, from the music, to the memories, and I couldn’t wait to see them live.

The DayΒ 

To make the most of this lovely weather, we spent the afternoon in Primrose Hill with our good friend Bombay Saphire. We basked in the sunshine whilst singing along to The Smiths, The Rolling Stones, The Cult, The Kinks, Depeche Mode… our afternoon in the park was wonderful in itself, but this was just a warm up to the main event.

 

 

We arrived at Wembley Stadium at 8pm, and after the obligatory T-Shirt purchase and refreshment refuel, we headed to the pitch and happened to wonder straight to a fantastic spot near the front.

 

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The atmosphere was incredible as we caught the end of the support act and waited in anticipation for the main event to start. Even the occasional warm liquid that flew overhead didn’t seem to phase anyone… and this, is what happened when they started….

 

 

 

 

It continued like that throughout the whole set. In fact, it just got better and better.

(When I showed Molly the above video, I said “It’s the song Mummy always listens to in the car” and she replied – “What, I want to be a Dog?”)

The Setlist

  1. I Wanna Be Adored
  2. Elephant Stone
  3. Sally Cinnamon
  4. Mersey Paradise
  5. (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
  6. Where Angels Play
  7. Shoot You Down
  8. Waterfall
  9. Don’t Stop
  10. Begging You
  11. Elizabeth My Dear
  12. Fools Gold
  13. All for One
  14. Love Spreads
  15. Made of Stone
  16. She Bangs the Drums
  17. Breaking into Heaven
  18. This Is the One
  19. I Am the Resurrection

 

Toward the end we moved closer to the exit to make a dash for the train. At first I was slightly disappointed that my favourite song had come on (I Am the Resurrection) and that we had left our amazing spot, but I quickly realised how incredible it was to watch a stadium of 90,000 people all singing and jumping in sync, absolutely loving life without a care in the world.

 

 

 

The VerdictΒ 

I am still buzzing 3 days later, my neck aches from all of the jumping/head banging, and I now feel really sad that it is over and I will never get that experience again. This wasn’t just one night listening to one of my favourite bands, this was a whole lifetime of great memories that all came flooding back at once.

So now can someone just give the Gallagher brothers a tinkle and ask them to have a little reunion, that would be splendid…

 

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