Ian Brown addresses reactions to UK tour: "Haters hate and lovers love"

28 September 2022, 14:59 | Updated: 4 October 2022, 12:48

The Stone Roses' Ian Brown at T in The Park in 2016
The Stone Roses' Ian Brown performs live in 2016. Picture: Ross Gilmore/Redferns

By Jenny Mensah

The former Stone Roses frontman has spoken out after his Glasgow gig, following some negative reactions to the opening of his solo UK tour.

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Ian Brown has reacted to the mixed reactions surrounding his solo dates.

The former Stone Roses frontman kicked off his run of UK gigs at Leeds’ O2 Academy on Sunday (22nd September), and was met with criticism over the lack of a band.

Some fans compared it to going to watch karaoke, while others suggested it wasn't worth the price.

However, fresh off the back of his successful Glasgow gig at the Glasgow O2 Academy on Monday (26th September), the F.E.A.R singer shared reactions to the crowd and his own response to the criticism.

Retweeting footage shared by a fan, which said: "I take back everything I say," the Manchester rocker wrote: "GLASGOW. HATERS HATE AND LOVERS LOVE!"

Sharing a video of the crowd chanting at the end of his performance, he wrote: "THANK YOU GLASGOW I LOVE YOU X".

In the clip itself, he can be heard saying: "Thank you. Glasgow, always number one."

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Fans who were there on the night rushed to praise the First World Problems singer, with one writing: "I was there last night, no band needed & he was class! You don't pay to see his backing group you pay to see him, it's not the Stone Roses it's Ian Brown doing what other solo artists do & that's use backing tracks. He still has that stage presence up there alone."

Another added: "Absolutely incredible last night iAN, as always thank YOU".

However, not everyone agreed with the concept of singing to a backing track on stage. Paul Hill wrote: "You pay for a LIVE version of the songs he created with the front man at the helm. Not a half pissed front man in trackies and a mic."

Mark said: "Where's your band IB? Can't be charging folk 50 quid for a karaoke session". However, a fan who was there on the night, Katy, countered: "I was there last night. I paid 40 quid and it was worth every penny."

Ian Brown's run of shows continues on Thursday 29th September at Newcastle's O2 City Hall and comes to a close at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 7th October.

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