Future Music spoiler alert: Stone Roses in Auckland

The Stone Roses played a “thrillingly nostalgic” 90-minute set in Auckland last night warming up for their Future Music Festival headline tour which kicks off this weekend.

The band’s first ever show in New Zealand saw the recently reunited group playing in front of 10,000 fans at Vector Arena. The New Zealand Herald reports that there were no issues with Ian Brown’s notoriously fickle vocal cords with the cocky frontman leading the band through a setlist show including nearly everything from FL’s Top 10 Essential Stone Roses list.

While the review singles out ‘Waterfall’, ‘Made of Stone’, ‘This Is One’ and the extended version of set closer ‘I Am the Resurrection’ as high points, the inevitable centrepiece of the show was the band’s sprawling psychedelic anthem ‘Fools Gold’. “Though it clocked in at 10 minutes-plus, ‘Fools Gold’ was not nearly long enough,” the Herald’s Scott Kara said. “15 or even 20 minutes would have been far better. But the version they did was a far different beast from the original as it morphed from a smouldering and trippy groove into a searing and noisy jam with guitarist John Squire’s mix of psychedelic squalls and frilly flourishes, and bass player Mani and hard-hitting funky drummer Reni leading the charge.”

Stone Roses are part of a Future line-up that includes The Prodigy, Azealia Banks and Bloc Party. The classic Roses line-up – Brown, Squire, Mani and Reni – will also play sideshows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, presented by FL. Dates below. It’ll be their first visit to Australia since 1995.

Stone Roses setlist:

I Wanna Be Adored

Mersey Paradise

(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister

Sally Cinnamon

Ten Storey Love Song

Where Angels Play

Shoot You Down

Fools Gold

Something’s Burning


Don’t Stop

Made Of Stone

This Is the One

Love Spreads

She Bangs The Drums

I Am The Resurrection

FL presents The Stone Roses sideshows

Friday, March 1 – Riverstage, Brisbane

Wednesday, March 6 – Hordern Pavillion, Sydney

Thursday, March 7 – Festival Hall, Melbourne

Future Music Festival 2013 dates:

Saturday, March 2 – Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane

Sunday, March 3 – Arena Joondalup, Perth

Saturday, March 9 – Randwick Racecourse, Sydney

Sunday, March 10 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Monday, March 11 – Bonython Park, Adelaide