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Cover Band Bonanza: Stone Roses Revival Boost

Paul Berentzen finds Stone Roses' cover bands love the reunion

Published on October 24th 2011.


Cover Band Bonanza: Stone Roses Revival Boost

STONE Roses tribute bands are seeing a surge in bookings and ticket sales since the original line-up announced a reunion tour last week.

"We open and close with those two songs and the crowd go pretty crazy. I can't wait to hear the old band play them too.”

David Nelson, bassist for The Complete Stone Roses (main picture here), thinks the reunion is great news for him, personally and professionally.

"It's fantastic," he said. "It will attract a lot of new fans and I honestly think it will really benefit our band."

Nelson was also keen to make sure he got a ticket this time around, after a 15 year wait. "I was a bit too young the first time,” he said. "I was only 15 when they broke up in 1996."

The Clone RosesThe Clone RosesSinger of rival tribute band the Clone Roses said they had seen an upswing in ticket sales and gig offers since the Roses' public announcement on Tuesday.

None of the Clone Roses ever got the chance to see their idols in their prime, but made sure they got their tickets arranged ahead of the new tour.

"We've got four tickets," said singer Gav Scott. "But we tried to get some more this morning for friends and family and couldn't even get on the site.

Scott didn't mind paying the £55 ticket price, despite his own band only charging £10 for most shows.

"We never thought they would get back together," he said. "There's a bit of a price difference, but you couldn't really put a price on something like this. If I had my way I'd charge £55 for our shows too."

Scott said he thought they might even have charged more and doesn't even resent the fact that he and the rest of his band have to work day jobs while the first three Stone Roses shows netted the band more than £10m in ticket sales.

"These lads got ripped off when they started and now is their chance to look after generations of their families," he said. "They've earned this."

The two tribute bands have been going for a combined 23 years and have played around 1,000 shows between them.

Not bad considering it has been 17 years since the Stone Roses released their last studio album. Perhaps it explains why Nelson is so keen to hear the band's new material when they perform next summer.

Scott said the Clone Roses are also excited for hear songs from The Second Coming and any new material, which they might add to their own sets.

"We've learned our set now and we haven't rehearsed the songs for a while," he said. "But we're well up for learning some new ones."

But he said they are in no rush to drop the classics and they will only play new songs if they go down well with fans next summer.

Nelson said 'I Wanna Be Adored' and 'I Am The Resurrection' always got the best reception at The Complete Stone Roses' gigs.

"The crowd love it," he said. "We open and close with those two songs and the crowd go pretty crazy. I can't wait to hear the old band play them too. It will be nice to be on the other side of things for a change."

The Complete Stone Roses are playing at Manchester Academy 1 on 26 November. For more information on the bands and gig dates, follow them on Twitter: @thecloneroses and @thecompletes

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