One-of-a-kind act Stones N' Roses are the most unique UK coverband to ever come from America. Naturally, the group dresses up as Guns n Roses, plays Stone Roses perfectly then mixes it with bits of Rolling Stones and GnR classics. The Roses' songs have never been covered better but it's the seamless mashups and medleys that make it revolutionary and ridiculous enough to warrant crossing the pond for.
The band completed a triumphant July UK 2017 tour with special guests all-midget Smiths tribute band, Morrissette, proving themselves as top musicians, showmen and the most entertaining band of its kind or any other kind for that matter. Thanks to a glowing Louder Than War feature story and a tour announcement video that was shared so much that it was viewed 80,000 times in just two weeks leading up to their UK debut, they played packed shows from London to Glasgow.
An untested American indierock comedy act made for a British audience is simply unheard of but the Manchester Fringe Festival and six UK clubs took a chance on them. Every night, jaws dropped and SnR were told that they were not just better than any of the Stone Roses copycats of the United Kingdom but were the funniest, best act they'd EVER seen. No one expected us to be so good and funny. What can we say? We hate spoilers.
SnR is the latest in the ever-changing, long-running San Diego project Cover Me Badd, fronted by Adam Gimbel. Past CMB projects have included such UK-centric bands as the Oasis parody the Fookin' Wankers,
Smiths/Cure/Depeche Mode metal mashuppers Blasphemous Guitars, the ska-tastic .38 Specials Education and the modestly named Beatles US before aging gracefully into the elderly musical comedy act Geezer (GetOffOfMyLawn.com).
Given their tongue-in-cheek past, the Manchester sections that make up most of the Stones n' Roses set are shockingly reverent. Singer Ian Brownstone gets as close to Ian Brown as any of the top Stone Roses tribute bands in the UK but the backing band, with its twin guitar attack is beyond any Roses covers ever played. Longtime UK-indie fans Tim Peacock and Michael Ortiz are treading familiar territory but, to round out the band, SnR fittingly drafted two Smiths (Brad Smith and Josh Smith) and converted them into instant Roses fans. The latter Smith toured the US as a teen School of Rock all-star several times and is actually four years younger than the Roses' classic debut LP.
While audiences in the US have enjoyed watching a schizophonic singer switch between the moves of Jagger, Brown and Rose and hearing "Welcome To The Jungle" smash right into "I Wanna Be Adored", the Roses songs are mostly lost on Americans. The few in the know repeatedly declared it the greatest thing they'd ever witnessed, making it destiny to be appreciated on British soil. Their debut video, "Mersey Paradise City/Water n' Fall", was shared by popular music site Slicing Up Eyeballs and 30,000 sets of eyes worldwide watched on its very first day. Rave reviews have come from all around the globe from just a small preview.
Stomp in crying "BLASPHEMY", stumble away gasping "Brilliant."
"The best thing I've seen in ten years.....maybe ever."
-Kelly Davis, San Diego City Beat Weekly
"What an amazing concept, taking the whole cover band concept to an all new and rather thrilling level. Blows your mind hearing those classic tunes forged so tightly together."
-Louder Than War Magazine
"The Stone Roses meet Guns 'N Roses meet the Rolling Stones. This may well be just what the world is waiting for."
-Slicing Up Eyeballs
-Stone Roses producer John Leckie
"An unreasonably thrilling, hilarious and altogether genius affair. A gutsy re-imagining of rock and roll history played with verve, nerve and heart."
-Alex Green, author of 33 1/3, The Stone Roses & StereoEmbersMagazine.com