Many moons ago whilst Richard Ashcrofting it down the street with my nineties curtained hair-do, my baggy Oasis t-shirt and Happy Mondays 'Step On' screaming from my personal cassette player, I was the king of my own domain. Now just about recovering from the The Stone Roses reformation onto our musical landscape, Happy Mondays have also given us a chance to revisit the idols of our youth.
The Roundhouse, an ex-steam engine repair station transformed into a popular London music venue, will house the more then chuffed Happy Mondays this December from the 19th to the 20th. A great place to see the precursors to the current indie rock stars, we see older versions in a funky new setting. They may have more wrinkles but they still know how give it their all.
When you see these indie pioneers on stage after 20 years of drugs, alcohol and endless nights of debauchery; you start to wonder to your self 'How are you still alive?' Shaun Rider looks like some secret gypsy spell holds up his shaky stance, and it seems like anything shiny may take away Bez's attention. But sliding aside the apparent impossibility of their apparent upstanding presence, the old magic never fails to spring from the older versions of these giants from the past.
I was able to see Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, The Bluestones and The Charlatans during the 90s, but the crazy live performances of the Happy Mondays had always alluded me. With bands such as the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays giving us a second chance to experience the Indie boomers that pathed the way for many bands like Radiohead and Oasis, I'm not going to miss out this time; ticket booked and Happy Mondays t-shirt on order.