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The Stone Roses / June 2013 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 30th October 2012 at 8:30 am

The Stone Roses‘ very short (for now) UK tour will stop at London’s Finsbury Park and Glasgow Green next June. Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 2nd of November, at 9:30 AM.

Friday 7th June 2013 – London Finsbury Park
Saturday 8th June 2013 – London Finsbury Park
Saturday 15th June 2013 – Glasgow Green


The Stone Roses Reunite for 2 Manchester Shows in June 2012, World Tour to Follow

By on Tuesday, 18th October 2011 at 3:50 pm

Some of us never thought we’d see the day…but the day has come. The Stone Roses have reunited. Ian Brown said this afternoon at an electric press conference regarding their decision: “This is a live resurrection, and you’re invited, so you better be there.”

As for where is the “there”, the initial announcement has been for the legendary Britpop band to play two massive shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park (75,000 capacity) next summer, on Friday 29 June and Saturday 30 June 2012. Tickets for these shows will go on sale this Friday (21st of October) at 9:30 AM. Tickets are £55 apiece, not including handling fees.

There was also a mention of a world tour to follow, but no further details have been made on when and where else the band will play. We at TGTF will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Friday 29 June 2012 – Manchester Heaton Park
Saturday 30 June 2012 – Manchester Heaton Park


20th Anniversary of The Stone Roses Iconic Debut Album

By on Friday, 24th July 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Stone Roses (side)It continually notches high amid those countless ‘greatest album ever’ polls, and back in 2006, NME even went as far as to declare it the ‘best British album of all time’. If you hadn’t guessed already, we’re talking about The Stones Roses iconic self-titled debut album, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this 2009.

The new-romantic and cheesy-rock faze of the 80s was over, and a fresh wave of music was swiftly sweeping the country. As the 90s approached, the infamous Madchester movement started storming our charts, and along with the likes of Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, a fresh-faced Ian Brown led the movement with his band’s eclectic indie-dance.

Recording began on the album in June 1988 and was completed in February 1989. ‘The Stones Roses’ was finally released upon the world on May 2nd of the same year. The record was produced by John Leckie, who had already worked with a number of legends including John Lennon, Pink Floyd and Simple Minds. Initial reception of the album was positive, despite only reaching 19 in the record charts. Still – brimming with epic tracks including ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘She Bangs the Drums’ , ‘Waterfall’, ‘Made of Stone’ and ‘I am the Resurrection’- ‘The Stone Roses’ was musical history just waiting to happen. Combing wavey guitar-pop with acid house-synths, the soundscape was like nothing anyone had heard before – basically, in one word, it was immense.

Indeed, without The Stones Roses and said debut album, half of the music we hear today wouldn’t exist. The band went on to influence the likes of Oasis, Blur and Manic Street Preachers, who consequently went on to influence our Kasabians and The Enemys of 2009. Without The Stone Roses, there would be no Brit-Pop, and without Brit-Pop, who knows what would have been around nowadays.

Basically, 1989 was a vital year for music, and 20 years on, The Stones Roses want us to celebrate it all over again. In August, the band will be releasing three remastered, super special anniversary editions of their now legendary debut album. To learn more, check out this website especially dedicated to the festivities. While you’re here, why not also check out the links below, which detail all three editions which will be available to purchase from August 10th.

The Collectors Edition, £79.98, including CDs, DVD, USB, vinyls, book, art prints and other goodies, The Legacy Edition, £24.98, including 2 CDs and DVD, The Special Edition, £8.93, CD.


MTV’s Greatest Album Ever: Results

By on Thursday, 9th April 2009 at 1:10 am

MTV Greatest album (side)We introduced a few weeks ago MTV’s hunt to find “The Greatest Album Ever“. It raised a fair few questions, and a lot of angry responses from you guys as you listed your favourite bands who weren’t included.

Rather unsurprisingly, Michael Jackson topped the poll, having announced his sensational run of London shows between the announcement of the show and the results. Almost one in three of all votes went to the crazy American. In a shock move, Craig David was number 2 in the poll, and has been deemed more popular than Radiohead and Nirvana, receiving more votes than the Oxford based quintet and Seattle grungers combined. Surely that’s got to be some kind of mistake?

Over forty thousand votes were cast, which gives a pretty good perspective of what people think. Many in the comments of the previous post asked about some pretty seminal albums, however it should be noted that these are the best albums since 1981 – when MTV began, so many classics (Pink Floyd, Smiths, Who etc) aren’t eligible for the list. However, as Thom so rightly commented…. no Libertines? Crazy, no?

Speaking of wacko Jacko’s win, Trevor Nelson commented

I don’t think there’ll ever be another album like it ever in the history of music. There will never be a marriage of producer and artist and song writing and pop sensibility – it just won’t happen again. And also, due to the way people buy records now, there’ll never be an album that sells as many copies – and that’s the thing that will keep it at number one.

Interestingly, Zane Lowe didn’t agree with Craig David’s high ranking, commenting

The guy was hugely successful and there’s no denying that album is a great listen from start to finish as a pop record. It probably stands up as the greatest British urban pop record of the last twenty years. Still no one’s really topped it – apart from Winehouse. Should it be number two in The Greatest Album of all time? No, in my opinion, but I’m not going to begrudge anyone’s success, and if his fans voted for it then what’s encouraging for me is that they still consider that record to be an important part of their lives and that’s what music is.

After the jump: the complete list of albums
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MTV’s Greatest Album Ever

By on Thursday, 26th February 2009 at 3:42 pm

MTV Greatest album (side)It seems every awards season we have another “Greatest album” survey, most of them from one random source who have basically surveyed their friends to see what they like best that day.

However, when MTV do a survey you know it’s going to be the right choice. They’ve just launched their hunt to find the “Greatest Album Ever“, after they crowned Duran Duran’s Rio as having the “Greatest Video Ever” last year.

In conjunction with music industry experts, MTV’s flagship music channels VH1, MTV Two and MTV Base have each collated their top ten greatest albums since 1981, the year MTV launched. The debates to select the albums were chaired by channel presenters Edith Bowman (VH1), Zane Lowe (MTV Two) and Trevor Nelson (MTV Base).

Suggs (of Madness fame) was one of the key contributors to the shows, talking about Amy Winehouse’s decline and then subsequent rejuvenation:

It’s great to see her looking marvellous again. There was quite a gap between her first and second album and I used to see her around Camden a lot, and when you see someone regularly its harder to notice their demise. I’m so glad she looks well again. It was fate putting her together with Mark Ronson for Back to Black, and was so good for her putting her voice right in the middle of it.

Meanwhile, as only MTV can, Pete Burns gave us an, erm, “intriguing” insight into his friendship with Morrissey, who failed to make the top 10 for any of his solo albums, but whose Smith’s classic “The Queen is Dead” appeared in both VH1 and MTV 2’s top 10’s:

I knew him personally back in the day, he gave me a copy of this album. I loved it from track one. He has a very unique sense of irony and humour. As a person he’s very difficult and awkward to get on with. He stopped talking to me over a fur coat, and still to this day he holds a grudge about it!

Personally, I’d love to see REM get the award. All the others are great, but people seem to underestimate the consistency of REM. Plus, Michael Stipe is a legend in my eyes. Either that or Human League, but I can’t see them beating the big boys – can you?

Voting for the top album is now open over on MTV’s website. Each channel’s review of the top 10 albums can be seen this weekend, with Trevor Nelson presenting the MTV Base run down Saturday 28 February at 9pm, followed by Edith Bowman presenting VH1 and Zane Lowe MTV Two both on Sunday 1 March at 9pm. The final winner will be announced on Sunday 12th April.

After the jump, check out the top 10 albums chosen by each channel.
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