It seemed for a long time that Stone Roses, one of the most promising rock bands to come out of the U.K. in the last decade, would never play in the U.S.
But after suffering years of delay while legal action concerning the band’s contractual status was resolved, the acclaimed quartet has indeed arrived and finally appears on track to live up to the grand promises of its 1989 debut album.
More than 3,500 fans packed into the sweaty Palladium Monday to see if the band, touring in support of the long-anticipated “Second Coming” on Geffen, could overcome not only its delayed debut here but the reputation that always seems to dog British guitar-pop outfits, that of poor live performance skills.
And with few exceptions at this show, the Roses jumped the hurdles with much confidence and aplomb.
The Stone Roses’ sound mixes Beatles-inspired pop songs, lots of slashing guitars, danceable rhythms and soaring, anxious vocals, a common mix in the U.K. scene, to be sure.
But this foursome proved far superior to its contemporaries by infusing the music with a palpable attitude and atmosphere that provided a number of transcendental moments.
Highlights included the bluesy jam of “Break Into Heaven,” current single “Ten Storey Love Song” and the cool groove of “Driving South,” which ended the show. (No encore, despite an audience that all but demanded one.)