British rocker Ian Brown was joined by ex-Stone Roses bandmate MANI on Thursday (24MAR05) night for a wild gig kickstarting Brown's KING MONKEY's UK TOUR.

The performance also held a particular significance for the pair, as the venue they played was the site of their first major gig in 1989.

Brown put tensions between himself and the bassist, now a member of PRIMAL SCREAM, behind him for the evening as the indie rock pioneers thrilled the audience at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom.

They played Roses favourite I WANNA BE ADORED, concluding a night of Brown's solo hits mingled with Stone Roses classics. The tour is in support of Brown's latest solo album, SOLARIZED.

Before the gig Brown expressed his excitement at re-living rock history, adding, "It'll be great playing the Roses songs again as well because they're just alive, those songs.

"They are bled into English culture now, not that there is an English culture. I think THE Beatles are the only ones who have got closer to English culture than we (The Stone Roses) have."

27/03/2005 14:04