On a day when blistering heat sears through the capital, the opening seconds to The Stone Roses’ ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ is enough to send shivers down the collective spines of everyone inside Wembley Stadium. Mani’s slinking bassline is instantly recognisable, whipping 90,000 people – many adorned with trademark bucket hats – into a frenzy of euphoria and a united love for the formidable four-piece.
After being supported earlier in the evening by The G-O-D, Sleaford Mods and Blossoms, vocalist Ian Brown parades around stage like the Madchester messiah against the occasional backdrop of quintessential lemon logos, commanding the attention of every single die-hard disciple in the audience. Dense instrumentals paired with their infectious lyrical content thrive even more in such a monumental setting, making for a diverse sonic experience with both factors ordering your limbs to move uncontrollably – it’s no mean feat to be captivating enough to make Wembley feel like an intimate gig experience.
‘Waterfall’ swirls around the stadium as the sun begins to set with striking guitar lines courtesy of John Squire and the tempo is increased slightly for the ultimate baggy anthem ‘Fools Gold’. A soundtrack to an entire generation, it’s a song that has transcended ages with the varied crowd completely enthralled in Reni’s snaking percussion and scorching rhythm.
Last year’s polished comeback ‘All For One’ sits amongst their psychedelic laden classics comfortably and, if anything, leaves the venue gasping for more new material, especially given the top form the band appear to be on. ‘This Is The One’ envelops another mass sing-a-long like every track this evening, but it’s one in particular that follows the crowd out of the venue and on to the tube homeward bound.
‘I Am The Resurrection’ teases Wembley as the last song on the Roses’ agenda. It’s become their very own self-fulfilling prophecy, to the delight of thousands. As the love spreads, tonight is an overwhelming sign of unity. Wrapped in an elated atmosphere and bound by a band who can sell out stadiums in minutes, they deliver songs nearly 30 years on that still fizz with the same level of exhilaration as when you first heard them. When life gives you lemons...