by Abby White
Well, this other show — OK, it's a movie, but it's a rock doc, so we can call it a show — is going on across town at The Belcourt, and while screaming may be at a minimum, I still think it's a pretty hot ticket. Tonight marks The Belcourt's two-night-only screening of The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, which chronicles the legendary Brit band's totally unlikely 2012 reunion.
If you somehow, somehow have avoided ever hearing about The Stone Roses all these years, for shame. Though I will cop to having many holes in my personal music library (I am ducking as I write this ... but I never heard an entire Johnny Cash album until I moved to Nashville). Anyway, allow me to give you the CliffsNotes version: The Stone Roses' debut album came out in 1989 and is still one of the greatest albums ever. (Don't just take my word for it!) Then, the band was plagued by all of the shit we've seen on Behind the Music: label issues, interpersonal problems, massive British egos, etc., and they only released one more album before calling it quits in 1996.
Anyway, after 16 years, The Stone Roses reunited in 2012, and earlier this year they co-headlined Coachella (with fellow British lords of the '90s Blur), although that was met with mixed reviews. Regardless, the band continues to have a massive cult following — though certainly not as much on this side of the pond — and one superfan, director Shane Meadows, hit the road with the band last year and turned this never-before-seen footage into Made of Stone.
The movie screens tonight at 10 p.m. and tomorrow, Nov. 7, at 9:15 p.m., and The Belcourt's Cindy Wall tells us that they'll be giving away some limited edition posters from the band's Manchester reunion gig, plus some CDs. Believe it or not, some of us who liked the Stone Roses back in the day still buy CDs. Right? I mean, I do, and I still write my name on them with a Sharpie, lest a sticky-handed friend get any bad ideas.
Still not convinced? Listen to this:
Oh, and here's a message from the Made of Stone filmmakers, director Shane Meadows and producer Mark Herbert: