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Stone Roses bang the drum for Hillsborough Justice

Pete Wylie, Mick Jones and The Farm tour comes home this Friday - Billy Bragg and John Power join in

Written by . Published on December 5th 2011.

Stone Roses bang the drum for Hillsborough Justice

THERE'S nothing wrong with a big helping of passion – and, fortunately, there are plenty of people in these parts keeping the belly fires stoked over the issues that continue to smoulder. 

Such as our very own Pete Wylie. He tells Liverpool Confidential that the Justice Tonight tour, is “exactly why me, the Farm, and Mick Jones (he of the Clash) got in groups to start with.”

'In a month where James Murdoch is forced to resign and news about a tissue sample of the 96 is leaked, on any day where people stand up for their principles this is the only tour that matters because we believe' - Pete Wylie

And like much of the stuff Wylie gets involved in, it's catchy. No less than The Stone Roses turned up onstage when the tour, comprising the above luminaries, hit Manchester's Ritz last Friday night. 

The tour bill promises “surprise guests”. You aren't kidding. Ian Brown and John Squire joined the ensemble, performing together for the first time since December 1995. Part of an all star group, the collective played The Clash's Bankrobber among others.

So what's it all about again? 

After a special one-off show, the “Don't Buy The Sun” gig at Liverpool's Olympia, in aid of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, earlier this year, the collective got a taste for it. Now they are touring Justice Tonight around the country this month to raise awareness of the same.

It comes to Liverpool University's Mountford Hall this Friday and tickets are selling fast. The London Scala show last Thursday was sold out within an hour of going on sale and Wylie reminds us that those involved are only performing for expenses. The money raised goes to the campaign.

For Jones this will be the first time he has toured performing Clash songs since 1982 and says: "I'm totally honoured to be part of something so meaningful and I hope that we can do some good."

Of Friday's special gig, Brown later told Liverpool Football Club's official site: "When Mick Jones asked us to perform for the cause, we didn't even need to think about it.

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"It felt amazing to get up on stage with John but tonight wasn't about the Stone Roses, it was about Hillsborough. It was about injustice.

"I've always said, 'It's not about where you're from, it's about where you're at' and tonight you saw Liverpool and Manchester united. We're two ends of the same city in my eyes and if we'd got it together, London would never have got a look in."

Wylie told us: “In a month where James Murdoch is forced to resign and news about a tissue sample of the 96 is leaked, on any day where people stand up for their principles this is the only tour that matters because we believe.”

They might not be promising the Stone Roses this Friday (although you never know), but that shouldn't stop you from finding out how they do actually follow it up - and that's with Billy Bragg and John Power.

*Justice Tonight, Mick Jones, Pete Wylie, The Farm and guests Billy Bragg and John Power: 02 Liverpool University, Friday December 9, £17.50. Call 0844 477 2000 for tickets.

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AnonymousDecember 6th 2011.

Well said Wylie

AnonymousDecember 6th 2011.

The Manchester people always want to be friendly and inclusive. It's just the Liverpool attitude who have the big chip about keeping it separate

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