Rain stays away as Stone Roses play


In the absence of the Oxegen music festival in Ireland this month, festival fans are getting their outdoor musical kicks at a series of concerts at Dublin’s Phoenix Park this week with tonight's show by The Stone Roses being the most anticipated.

Some 45,000 people made to their way to the Park on a thankfully dry evening to participate in the Manchester band’s reunion tour. Although they only ever released two albums, their eponymously titled debut album from 1989 is still viewed as one of the best rock albums of all time.

Many fans made a day of it at the Park, arriving in the mid afternoon to get the best viewing point for the night’s main attraction and being entertained by a series of support acts: local act The Minutes, Clash guitarist Mick Jones and reggae band, The Wailers.

Since announcing they were reforming last year after a 15 year break, there has been an unprecedented amount of interest in their comeback shows. For many, The Stone Roses epitomized all that was best about guitar/dance music. As much influenced by

classic 1960’s guitar bands (The Byrds etc) as they were by the dance culture of the late 1980s, the band had an era-defining sound that - over twenty years on - still sounds as fresh and relevant today.

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