Classic Dennis Morris shots from 1990 : The Stone Roses
1. Thousands of Stones Roses fans will be descending on Heaton Park this weekend to watch the reunion of the Manchester band. Many of them will be trying to recapture the magic of the foursome’s legendary gigs at Spike Island and Glasgow Green in 1990.
2. “I was introduced to the band by Martin Hannett who was working with them in 1985. They wanted to meet me because they knew I had taken pictures of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols and they were into punk and reggae.”
3. “From that point, every time they were in London, they would come down and hang out in my studio with me.”
4. “Spike Island was the very first gig I did with them. It had the same feel as Woodstock. People just descended in their thousands on this place. It was the place to be – everybody was drawn there.”
5. “More people turned up than could get in – there were fans queuing outside the gates. The whole thing was oversubscribed because the band hadn’t worked out how big it was going to be.”
6. “They had this real groove. Their fans were obsessed with the music and really went for it. Kids who had been into football hooliganism suddenly knew what to do with their feet – they were dancing not kicking. And acid house was in the air too.”
7. “Spike Island wasn’t a very nice place – it was the pits. The PA was too small for the size of the crowd. They were packed in like sardines.”
8. “Ian’s voice was quite gauzy on top of the other instruments. It was daunting for them at first when they saw that crowd but his charisma overcame the nerves.”
9. “One of Ian’s friends had blown up the globe and threw it on stage to him. He just held it for a moment and then it was gone.”
10. “Glasgow Green was only a month after Spike Island. It was held in a massive tent that they erected in the east of Glasgow. But like Spike Island, more people turned up than could get it.