Tribute band wanna be adored at Grangemouth’s Ellwyn

The Complete Stone Roses.
The Complete Stone Roses.
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There are bad tribute bands and good tribute bands.

Then there are The Complete Stone Roses, a tribute act which seem to have taken the music of their idols to a whole other level.

Using the relatively small number of tunes concocted by the legendary Manchester band as a launching point, the Completes have inspired as rabid, if not more fevered and frothy, a following as the original quartet did.

They have certainly played more gigs than Mr Brown’s Madchester Mafia ever did and are hitting the stage again on Saturday at the recently re-opened Ellwyn in Grangemouth.

A CSR spokesbloke said: “The Complete Stone Roses regularly sell out venues across the UK and Ireland as they help carry on the music of one of UK’s most influential bands.

“Famous hits like ‘Fools Gold’, ‘I Am The Resurrection’ and ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ are as recognisable now as they were in the heyday of Madchester and the Hacienda Club.”

The Completes have done something The Stone Roses never managed in their mercurial music career – play at Scotland’s one and only T-in-the-Park.

The 2004 gig was an all time highlight for the band and there are not many tribute acts who could have had such a powerful effect on thousands of festival goers.

While fans of the music adore the Completes, the subjects of their own adulation – members of the actual Stone Roses – give them their seal of approval too.

“Stone Roses and Primal Scream bass player Mani has not only appeared as a warm up DJ for the band on the odd occasion but has also played onstage with them as their guest bassist playing ‘She Bangs The Drums’.

“Mani says the Completes do Roses’ songs ‘real justice’ and at some points play them even better than the original band.”

You can see if Mani is right at the Ellwyn on Saturday night.

Support comes in the fine form of local indie rockers Fire It Up.

The resurrection of sublime Squire riffs gets underway from 9 p.m.