- 19 Jul 2012 12:30 PM
It is a remarkable coda to an astonishing story of a band like no other. In 1989 their debut album and the single ‘Fools Gold’ made them the most exciting British export since the Sex Pistols. With their incendiary aura the Roses became figureheads of the ‘Madchester’ movement.
War and Peace traces the band’s genesis, studded with violent gigs and abandoned recordings, and shaped by their infamous manager, Gareth Evans. As their jeans grew wider and their songs more anthemic, the Roses’ legendary gigs culminated in the era-defining Spike Island show in 1990. From this pinnacle the unravelling was spectacular. With the band refusing to play in America, arrested for vandalizing a record company and dragged through the High Court, the epic recording of their dark second album is the stuff of legend. They disbanded in turmoil in 1996.
Since then the Roses myth has grown even bigger. ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘She Bangs the Drums’, ‘Waterfall’, ‘This Is the One’ and ‘I Am the Resurrection’ have become national anthems, and their first album is widely recognized as one of the best ever made.
But the true story behind their rise and fall – and resurrection – has never been told. Until now. From the Manchester backwaters to the worldwide 2012 tour, War and Peace lays bare the irresistible tale of the last of the great bands.
More info from the source: The Stone Roses: War and Peace
The reformed Stone Roses 2012 gigs have wowed fans, new and old. The band recently played to a quarter of a million people over three nights in their hometown of Manchester. Reviews glowed as the Roses recaptured their sure-footed style in a set studded with hits such as This Is The One, I Wanna Be Adored and I Am The Resurrection.
The band play Hungary on 10 August at 9.30pm, headlining a night at the Sziget Festival in Budapest. Located on a beautiful island ('feels like paradise city' say The Guardian), the festival runs from 6-13 August.
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