Ian Brown seemed to respond to criticism of his solo tour following a Glasgow date.
The Stone Roses frontman is back on solo duties, and the opening night of his tour took place in Leeds earlier this week. Working without a band, Ian Brown opted for a backing track, and the move seemed to split fans.
Footage emerged online, with the frontman receiving vociferous criticism, with some labelling it “karaoke” and demanding a refund. One left early, writing: “I’m a life long fan but it was bad. Ian Brown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too pissed to care but I had to get out after this one.”
The tour hit Glasgow last night – September 27th – for a sold out show at the city’s O2 Academy venue. This time round fans seemed to lap up Ian Brown’s performance, and the indie legend definitely reciprocated Caledonian love.
Sharing a clip of the raucous crowd, Ian Brown thanked fans for their support:
THANK YOU GLASGOW I LOVE YOU X pic.twitter.com/X9xgWzLN8F
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) September 27, 2022
He also seemed to address his critics on a later tweet, writing: “HATERS HATE AND LOVERS LOVE!”
During the show Ian Brown stopped one song, and discussed the reaction to the opening night. “Last night we played in Leeds,” he told the crowd, “and all there was was hands in the air, all the way to the back.”
The response to the show seemed to be much more positive than the Leeds set – one fan wrote, “Don’t always believe what you read on Twitter! Ian Brown absolutely smashed it out the fucking park in Glasgow tonight. Fantastic performance.”
Another chimed in: “Ian Brown in Glasgow tonight using his own brain, doing the unexpected, doing his own thing. That’s what makes him Ian Brown. If u went looking for the norm or Roses tunes then u are 5 years too late and at the wrong gig. Love his solo stuff, love him, great night.”
Don’t always believe what you read on Twitter! @ianbrown absolutely smashed it out the fucking park in Glasgow tonight. Fantastic performance 😎
— Alan Foster (@mralanfoster) September 26, 2022
Ian Brown’s UK solo tour continues with a set in Newcastle.