What the world was waiting for! The Stone Roses announce Yorkshire concert

Indie rock legends The Stone Roses today announced a surprise show in West Yorkshire.

The Stone Roses.
The Stone Roses.

Ian Brown and co are playing Halifax’s Victoria Theatre this Tuesday, June 7.

The intimate gig has been arranged as a warm-up for the band’s massive concerts at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium later this month.

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They will play another small-scale warm-up show at Carlisle’s Sands Centre on Wednesday, June 8.

Tickets for both gigs went on sale at the venues’ box offices at midday today to people who took along a Stone Roses record, concert ticket or T-shirt. Tickets were limited to two per person and cost £25.

Details of the shows were revealed on the band’s Facebook page this morning and long queues quickly formed outside the Victoria Theatre and the Sands Centre.

The Victoria Theatre tweeted: “So excited @thestoneroses are coming to the Vic! All the best to the fans queuing round the block for tickets!”

The Roses played shows at Leeds’s Town & Country Club and Bridlington’s Spa Theatre during their Second Coming tour of 1995.

The Stone Roses in their turn-of-the-90s heyday.

They also played a legendary gig at Leeds’s Warehouse venue in May 1989 as a nationwide buzz began to build about their just-released debut album, The Stone Roses.

Music writer Dave Simpson was in the audience that night and would later recall: “For 65 minutes, they lashed out songs that would soon become anthems for a generation: She Bangs The Drums, I Wanna Be Adored, Made Of Stone and I Am The Resurrection.

“By the end of the night people were dancing on the tables and I had stumbled across my new favourite band.”

The Stone Roses in their turn-of-the-90s heyday.