NME - 30th November 2002
John Squire emerges wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the words
PROPHET and LOSS on either arm. Long term fans exchange knowing
The mood of regret couldn't hang heavier on the air if they'd played
'I Am The Resurrection' on the PA before he came on. John shoots
a glance at a backing band who are so fresh-faced they make The
Seahorses look like Motorhead's roadies. He starts up a riff, it's
'I Am The Resurrection'. Disbelief hits the crowd in waves. First
comes mute belief. By the bass breakdown, aching limbs are preparing
themselves for an unscheduled bout of freaky dancing. By the guitar
solo, people are putting cigarettes out on their hands to quell the
Spike Island flashbacks.
"So, d'ya wanna hear some more Roses tunes?" he drawls after 'Joe
Louis' and 'Shine A Little Light' have received summary dismissals.
Which, let's face it, is a bit like a tour guide in Memphis asking a
coachload of Elvis fanatics whether they'd be interested in seeing
Gracelands. 'She Bangs The Drums' and 'Waterfall' then arrive
swathed in his note-perfect warble. An epic final 'Time Changes
Everything' then achieves the previously unheard-of medical remedy
of catharsis via guitar solo. He encores with 'Tightrope'.
Apparently you could hear the sing-along in Manchester.
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