As good as we expected. And more...

View a photo gallery from the first night of the reformed Stone Roses run of gigs at Heaton Park.

The band, Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni, have been warming up with a number of European gigs with Heaton Park their first proper UK date ahead of a summer of festival appearances.

The Stone Roses play T in the Park next weekend.

Photos by Danny Payne

There is little to be said about this closer. Except that it crowned one of the most feared but ultimately successful comebacks this journalist has witnessed. We’d come to taste the stigmata, and hope that their reconciled efforts would be good enough to slake our thirst for it to be as good as we expected. It was, and more so.

Read Clash's live reviews from The Stone Roses' gigs at Heaton Park -

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