Justin Thomas Photography

The Stone Roses

 Stone Roses

Blackpool Empress Ballroom -12/8/1989


I’d been commissioned by a Japanese record company to go up to Blackpool to photograph The Stone Roses. I’d heard a few tracks but I’d never seen them before. When I got to the beautiful Empress Ballroom it was like a scene from hippy days, everyone was sat down and the vibe was ’E’. It was a wonderful gig and the band blew me away with their power. The deal with the Japanese was that I handed over all my film at the end of the show. I’d shot about 9 or 10 rolls of colour, but I was so impressed, that for the encore I shot one roll of black and kept it for myself; I wish i’d kept more! I’ve never seen any of my colour shots to this day... Somewhere, in the vaults of a Japanese record company are hundreds of unseen colour transparencies of a legendary gig!

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