Manchester Online 29th May 2005

Carling 24: Ian Brown @ Academy

In black T-shirt, shades and the hair that launched a thousand bowl-heads, Brown took to the stage like an icon and, as the bassline to 'Adored' kicked in, the response was euphoric.

Solo tracks went down well but it was Roses classics like 'Sally Cinnamon' and 'Waterfall' that gave the gig its electric atmosphere - and explained why a reunion's not on Brown's 'to do' list.

"There's been talk of a Stone Roses revival, yeah?" he told the crowd. "Well, this is it."

Nicola Mostyn

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