With their eagerly anticipated reunion earlier last year, it’s safe to say that the Stone Roses have already exceeded their Second Coming, and with their appearance at Heaton Park last year, arguably reached their third, if not fourth, coming. This much-awaited reunion had thousands of adoring fans, with a vast range in age, trying desperately to buy tickets for those three gargantuan shows last year, which sold out in 68 minutes and netted a cushy £12 million for the band. Taking the song ‘I Wanna be Adored’ into consideration, it appears that the Stone Roses may have actually achieved such worldwide adoration after all these years, despite lead singer Ian Brown’s characteristic arrogant claims of self-importance, such as his statement, during an interview in 1996, included in the film: “We know we’re the best, we don’t expect anyone else to think the same”.
And who better to document this “live resurrection”, than film director Shane Meadows? A self-confessed fan, Meadows had tickets for the Stone Roses’ renowned Spike island gig in 1990 but for some reason didn’t manage to actually go to the concert. Meadows publicly, and often, spoke about his adoration for the band and the impact they had on his life, and Meadows presents a fan's view of the story, which proves to be ambiguously good and bad. His love for the music is apparent, and he successfully conveys something of its headlong energy in both rehearsal and live settings, but tactlessly avoids the underlying issues which led to the band splitting up all those years ago, arguably the most interesting chapter in the band’s story, so to speak. His refusal to film tense scenes and his avoidance of one-on-one interviews make it appear he is in denial about the issues, despite it being obvious that tensions still remain.