JANUARY 30: Mancheste Hacienda. Filmed for BBC2's Snub TV. The same set
was played throughout this tour, with
occasional extras thrown in, like 'Mersey Paradise' and 'Going Down'. Interviewed
backstage, Reni reveals that "we just ignore the
rest of the world and concentrate on Manchester, because we want to be
the biggest band in our street."
FEBRUARY 17: Warrington Legends. Supported by the old lineup of the Charlatans,
with the little-feted Baz Kettley on vocals.
FEBRUARY 20: Sheffield University. Ian Brown's 26th birthday.
FEBRUARY 23: Middlesex Polytechnic.
28: Brighton Escape Club.
1: Bradford Club Rio.
2: Cardiff Venue
3: Dudley JBs. Supported by the old lineup of The Charlatans, with Baz
once again at the mic.
11: 'Made Of Stone' gets Single Of The Week in the NME - "Proof that everything's
coming up Stone Roses" declares their man.
18: 'Made Of Stone' peaks at number 90.
10: Reni's 25th birthday.
28: Portsmouth South Parade Pier.
29: Uxbridge Brunel University.
2: 'The Stone Roses' LP released. The press are unequivocal : "An aural
BigMac laced with psychedelic dill." (NME); "The
arrangements aligned to a fertile combination of melodies, harmonies and
guitars is genuinely heady stuff." (Q); "This is a
(Sounds); "The sweet ache of poignancy." (Melody Maker); "Jangling in every
sense." (The Observer); "The Stone
are blooming in technicolor." (Rolling Stone); "Well worth tracking down."
4: Liverpool Polytechnic. A lemon is thrown onstage and the Waterfall design
t-shirt is available for 5 pounds. Two days
in Manchester, "inflation" takes the price up to ten pounds.
5: Widnes Queen's Hall.
6: Manchester International 2. Total mania. Ian Brown wanders onstage ringing
a bell. The bar has to be temporarily closed as the bar staff want to get
7: Sheffield University.
8: Leeds Warehouse.
11: Trent Polytechnic. Supported by the old lineup of The Charlatans, with
Baz, thrillingly, still at the helm.
12: Dudley JBs.
13: Tunbridge Angel Centre.
15: London ICA.
17: Birmingham Edwards No 8.
19: Aberystwyth University.
22: London Camden Dingwalls.
24: Oxford Polytechnic.
25: Shrewsbury Fridge. Tickets sell so well for this that the venue is
moved to a glitzy nightclub, Park Lane. Tickets cost 2 pounds.
26: Milton Keynes Elektra. (Cancelled due to recording of B-sides for 'She
Bangs The Drums' at London's RAK Studios.)
27: St Helens Citadel. (Cancelled due to recording.)
30: Preston Guildhall Foyer.
3: Walsall Junction 10.
6: Reading Majestic.
7: Leicester University.
8: Lancaster University. [The VinylJunki was there!!]
JUNE 20: Newcastle Riverside.
JUNE 21: Edinburgh Venue.
JUNE 22: Glasgow Rooftops.
JUNE 23: Middlesbrough Town Hall.
JUNE 24: Northampton Roadmenders.
25: Norwich Arts Centre.
26: Bristol Bierkeller.
27: Stratford-On-Avon Civic Hall.
28: Birmingham Irish Centre.
13: 'She Bangs The Drums' is released.
27: Newcastle Riverside.
28: The Daily Mirror alleges that Bros have "begged chart newcomers The
Stone Roses to support them but the band has refused." Melody Maker runs
circulating at the time that the band are to play at "a film studio in
Kensington." This turns out to be the Alexandra Palace event.
5: 'She Bangs The Drums' peaks at number 36.
12: Empress Ballroom Blackpool. Manchester invades the coast for the day.
First mass spotting of 'Reni hats'. The band's arrival onstage is heralded
Brown strolling on with an electric yo-yo. The rest of the band throw ice
pops to the overheated crowd.
12: Les Inrockuptibles Festival, Paris, playing with The La's and Felt.
Someone lets off a smoke bomb during the band's set.
1: 'Fool's Gold'/'What The World Is Waiting For' is released.
16: Mani's 27th birthday.
18: Alexandra Palace. In response to the 7000 crowd's chant of "Manchester,
la la la", Ian Brown delivers the now
one-liner, "It's not where you're from, it's where you're at." The event
is recorded by Granada TV, but the Roses'
pull the plug on the proposed Great North Show documentary and the footage
languishes in the company's vaults.
post-gig party is in an old recording studio on London' Holloway Road.
21: The Late Show, BBC2. The Stone Roses' first live TV appearance. Forty
seconds into 'Made Of Stone', the
switch" automatically cuts the powers as the volume exceeds BBC regulations.
The presenter hastily introduces a video of
Love' while Ian Brown shouts "Amateurs! Amateurs!" at studio staff. "We're
wasting our time here, lads." he continues.
23: 'Fool's Gold' Top Of The Pops appearance with Happy Mondays. Both bands
are interviewed by Nick Kent for The Face. His piece, which
with the words "Welcome to the No Power Generation" causes the Roses extreme
24: John Squire's 27th birthday.
2: 'Fool's Gold' peaks at number 8.
21: An application is made to Halton Borough Council to hold the Spike
10: Number One magazine reveal that 'Fool's Gold' was the best selling
indie single of 1989. 'The Stone Roses' was the best selling indie album.
30: The Stone Roses and their road manager Steve Adge drive up to Wolverhampton
from Rockfield Studios in South Wales, where they are recording
John Leckie, and visit their former record company, Revolver. Angry at
the label's re-release of their 1987 single 'Sally Cinnamon' - and specifically
video - they throw blue and white paint over label boss Paul Birch and
his girlfriend Olivia Darling. Ian Brown puts a brick through Birch's 25000
Mercedes. "The video was insulting", Brown said at the time. "Blokes selling
fruit, a few pigeons, some black woman holding a baby, a picture of me
of The Face, a few people in flares... So we went and painted him."
31: The band and Steve Adge are arrested. Ian Brown, John Squire and Reni
are arrested in their hotel near the studio. Mani and Steve walk into
police station to give themselves up. All are taken to Wolverhampton. Steve
Adge is released without charge.
1: The Stone Roses are released on bail.
7: The Stone Roses serve a writ on Revolver to try to stop the video for
'Sally Cinnamon' being shown.
12: The 'Sally Cinnamon' hearing is adjourned for three weeks.
19: 'Elephant Stone', the band's 1988 debut single for Silvertone, is re-issued.
They begin two days of international interviews at London's Tara Hotel.
British press are not invited.
20: Ian Brown's 27th birthday.
26: 'Made Of Stone' re-issued.
MARCH 3: 'Elephant Stone' peaks at number 8.
MARCH 6: The Stone Roses appear at Wolverhampton Magistrate's Court charged
with criminal damage over the Revolver raid.
The case is adjourned when the defence and prosecution fail to agree on
a figure for damages. The entire hearing lasts for less than
MARCH 10: The case is adjourned to give Revolver time to prepare their
defence. NME reports that the band have lost the initial
'Sally Cinnamon' injunction.
MARCH 17: 'Made Of Stone' peaks at number 20.
31: The NME reports that Ian Brown was spotted in London's 'nitespot' Cafe
De Paris "holding an animated conversation with the entire Liverpool
10: Reni's 26th birthday.
12: Wolverhampton Magistrate's Court. Adjourned until the 26th, and committed
to Crown Court.
18: Ian Brown spotted in London's Charing Cross Road after coming down
with his father, Vincent, to see their team - Warrington - lose 36-14 to
Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
26: Wolverhampton Crown Court.
14: The Daily Mirror carries a showbiz report about a shooting at Manchester
International, the club previously managed by the Roses' manager, Gareth
The Stone Roses are there, along with Tim Booth and Saul Davies from James.
16: Lund (Sweden). 'Sally Cinnamon' court case comes up again.
26: At a pre Spike Island press conference in Manchester's Piccadilly Hotel,
the band successfully bait press from all around the world. Local journalist
US, Frank Owen says they're taking the piss and is attacked by a drunken
fan. "What will you be doing in five years?" asks the Daily Star. "What
retorts Ian Brown.
27: Spike Island. 28000 attend the all day concert on an island in the
Mersey Estuary. The Stone Roses are the only band to play - the rest of
the music is
by DJs Frankie Knuckles, Gary Clail, Dave Haslam and Dave Booth. The band
perform 17 songs in 75 minutes, ending with a riotous 'I Am The
The weather is gloriously sunny and the vibe is generally excellent. But
the queue for alcohol is two hours long and cigarettes are unavailable.
journalists are appalled to learn that the only free drink on hand is Coca-Cola.
2: Glasgow Green. 8000 people cram into a tent to witness The Stone Roses'
last live appearance. After the gig, the band return to the Sub Club, where
until 7.30am. Report in the NME that the release of the Roses' next single,
'One Love', is to be delayed, pending new cover art, because a swastika
in John Squire's original painting. "Anyone who knows us knows we're not
Nazis," explains Ian Brown in a Select interview, "but if some kid in Barcelona
into a bar with a t-shirt on - Stone Roses, looking a bit like a swastika
- ends up gettng stabbed. How would we feel then?"
3: Appearance at Feria De Nimes Festival in Spain cancelled because of
it's bull-fighting connections. "We don't want a ritual slaughter as a
support act," says
18: Official release of 'One Love' is delayed. The official line is that
the cover art is not yet ready, although cynics believe that the band are
to guarantee chart entry at number one.
21: Chicago (Cancelled) "America doesn't deserve us yet" - Ian Brown
22: New York (Cancelled)
25: 'One Love'/'Something's Burning' released.
29: Hollywood High School Gymnasium (Cancelled)
30: San Fransisco (Cancelled)
11: The band pull out of an appearance on Wogan after a dispute over the
length of their slot. The band want to be
by Terry Wogan, but the BBC merely require a mimed performance of 'One
Love'. The band refuse to appear.
14: Sounds reports that rumours of the band trying to set up a gig in Beirut
are true, but according to a spokesman,
improbable." 'One Love' peaks at number 4.
28: NME carries a picture of Mani with his new short haircut. Reni turns
upto the opening of Central Station Design's exhibition in Manchester Art
a sou'wester and wading boots. Reports that he was armed with a chainsaw
are never confirmed.
22: The music press reports that Stone Roses have "left" their contract
with Silvertone - poached by an as yet unnamed company.
15: Melody Maker reports that Silvertone have put an injunction on the
band, preventing them from recording for another label.
5: Wolverhampton Crown Court. The Stone Roses are fined 3000 pounds each,
plus 95 pounds costs, for the Revolver paint-throwing incident.
are deferred. The band are described by their defence as "four young men
with an absessive regard for their music."
16: Mani's 28th birthday.
24: John Squire's 28th birthday.
1: The Young Telegraph informs us that "those crazy Manchester lads The
Stone Roses have recently become golf addicts." The story is noticeably
from other publications.
15: It is reported that the band have been involved in a food fight with
The Mock Turtles at a festival in Spain. The chosen weapon? Squid.
10: The Rumbelows League Cup semi-final first leg held played at Old Trafford.
As fiesty carrot-haired Leeds United midfielder Gordon Strachan
of Manchester United) goes flying ove some advertising hoardings, a disillusioned
Mancunian fan in the crowd gobs at him. It is Mani - making an
live TV comeback.
20: Ian Brown's 28th birthday.
23: The NME quotes insiders in The Stone Roses camp as saying the band
now have enough new material to fill two LPs.
4-6: Silvertone try to have the 1988 contract with the band declared enforceable,
and seek an injunction to stop the group recording for any other
The interim injunction stays in place pending the outcome of the case.
18-22: The band appear in the Law Courts in The Strand, London, to hear
the testimony of Geoffrey Howard, their solicitor at the time of signing
deal. Later in the week, the band's lawyer, John Kennedy, reports that
they had been offered 4 million dollars to sign for Geffen Records. Rumours
summer concert start.
23: Melody Maker reports Ian Brown saying that if the case went against
them the band would give up music and go on the dole.
25-26: The band appear in court in connection with the Silvertone contract
- although Reni is ill and can't attend. The reasons behind the band's
on Wogan in July '89 are discussed. It's revealed in court that Roses manager
Gareth Evans' real name is Ian Bromley. He changed it while working
Vidal Sassoon's in the '60s.
10: Reni's 27th birthday.
Thanks to Mike Quinn for the original