Stone Roses - Drama For The Stone Roses In Amsterdam: Is This The End?
Just as the UK's Stone Roses fans were dusting off their denim flares for the band's highly-anticipated live return to Manchester, things are not looking well in the Roses camp. Last night (June 12, 2012) in Amsterdam, the band appeared to have some kind of argument, which apparently resulted in drummer Reni leaving the stage and refusing to return for an encore. The crowd, no doubt, were hanging on for the band's classic 'I Am the Resurrection,' one of their biggest hits. They had played it previously in Barcelona but their Dutch followers were left unfulfilled, as singer Ian Brown apologised, before leaving the stage himself.
Now, with no official statement coming from the band, the rest of the tour seems as though it may be in jeopardy, with Brown telling the crowd in Amsterdam "I'm not joking, the drummer's gone home" and adding "what can I say, the drummer's a c***". Robbie Maddox was the drummer who replaced Reni when he left the band, somewhat mysteriously in 1995. According to Bbc News, the band are due onstage in Sweden and there has currently been no news of the gig being cancelled.
This tour marks the first in 16 years and the band have a summer of reunion concert dates booked, including three high profile homecoming shows at Manchester's Heaton Park at the end of the month. Whether or not that will be with Reni on the drums, or Maddox, remains to be seen.