Sat 8 Jun – The Stone Roses, Public Image Ltd., Miles Kane, Johnny Marr
One of the best concerts I've been to, undeniably up there in my personal top 5. The crowd were up for it, and very friendly, as well as very drunk, and every band that played had something different to say, gearing us up for the potentially, moment of the year in terms of music.
The first act was Miles Kane, someone who I've been wanting to see live for a long time, yet I've only seen him play guitar with Arctic Monkeys on 505 at the O2 Arena. His performance at Finsbury was electric, with the crowd going wild on the sunny June afternoon, to my surprise the majority of the crowd knew his music, even the new single which has only been out for a few weeks. I highly enjoyed his set and cant wait to see him again at Benicassim next month. Highlights from his set include Give Up, Rearrange, Inhaler, Don't Forget Who You Are and the killer Come Closer.
Next onstage was the legendary guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr. Despite not knowing any of his new songs, bar one, the new music was brilliant, and fit comfortably with the well know Smiths songs. Obviously, The Smiths songs were the most enjoyable due to familiarity, and Johnny really created some beer fuelled sing-alongs in the crowd, making a real community feel to the audience. Highlights from his set include The Right Thing Right, Stop Me If You Think..., Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Messenger, How Soon Is Now? and There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.
Public Image Ltd. were the final support act before The Stone Roses took to the stage, and the delivered an intense experience. I'm not a fan of PiL, but I do like their early stuff, and the whole experience was great, especially seeing the legend that is John Lydon. Highlights from their set were This Is Not A Love Song and Public Image.
The Stone Roses blew me away, absolutely incredible. Ian sang pitched perfectly (nearly) which was such a relief from his disastrous performance when I saw him play solo. John was better than I imagined, playing improvised solo upon the music, and making me feel unbelievably inadequate as a guitar player. Mani's bass lines were heavy and smooth, and were the pure driving force behind the songs. Reni was a force of power, with his double bass drum pounding through the songs, blasting the beats of every song. The combination of all four members was undeniably perfect, and I've never seen all four members of a band work in such a powerful unison. The crowd loved every minute of the performance. I had high expectations for the gig and the surpassed them by far. The band came onto the stage to the usual Stoned Love by the Supremes and left to the usual Redemption Song by Bob Marley and The Wailers, a perfect entrance and ending. The light show and visual were also astonishing. I don't know how many times I can use the word perfect, but there simply aren't enough, this was a once in a lifetime gig, something to remember forever. Highlights from the set could easily be every song, but the songs which I remember fondly on were, I Wanna Be Adored, Elephant Stone, Ten Storey Love Song, Standing Here, Fools Gold, surprisingly, my least favourite song, Don't Stop, She Bangs the Drums, This Is The One, Made of Stone, Breaking Into Heaven and I Am The Resurrection.
The set consisted of 17 songs, no encore, a balanced set with a definitive ending, I couldn't ask for anything more.
I Wanna Be Adored
Ten Storey Love Song
Shoot You Down
She Bangs the Drums
This Is the One
Made of Stone
Breaking into Heaven
Elizabeth My Dear
I Am the Resurrection