It seemed almost fitting that The Stone Roses would open with “I Wanna Be Adored” as the main stage area was relatively quiet compared to a couple hours ago when Blur and Yeah, Yeah, Yeah drew crowds. It would seem the band needed an introduction. But if you were around at 11:40 on the dot, you would’ve had a subtle intro comparative to that of a theme song.
The group followed up short opener with “Sally Cinnamon” the band’s second single much to fan delight. With little banter the band played on performing “She’s a Waterfall” to the backdrop of blurry slow-motion video of the band which slowing morph into different shapes, something a little jarring in juxtaposition to the two mega screens showing the real-time version and at the same time fitting if tripping if you’re thing.
The guitar-laden funky “Fools Gold” comes as a needed change of pace in the band’s set list. Performed live there’s a strange raw energy that seems lost on broader audience but makes it easy to understand why this is the group’s most popular song. A jam session ensues and Ian Brown rocks out with tambourines.
During this one song there’s a singular moment when you want to believe this group should have never broken up. Then there are so many other moments when you wonder why they are headlining and if its past Stone Roses time. After an hour-plus set the answer seems that yes, the time has passed.