Ian Brown tour: ex Stone Roses frontman upsets fans at Leeds gig by singing without a live band
The FEAR singer is due to bring his solo tour to Manchester this week - but some fans at Leeds O2 Academy were left underwhelmed.
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Ian Brown fans have taken to social media to share their disappointment at his show in Leeds.
The former frontman of legendary Manchester band the Stone Roses played a solo date at the O2 Academy on Sunday night - but had no live band with him, instead apparently singing to a backing track.
Some fans took to Twitter to say he had ‘butchered his own songs’ by playing ‘karaoke’ and they want their £40 back for the sold-out gig.
The F.E.A.R singer, on the first show of his UK tour, has been known in the past to stray out of tune, but even lifelong fans branded the show ‘bad’ and some even walked out in disgust.
Gig-goer Steven Latham shared this clip of him singing Sister Rose, which has now been viewed over half a million times on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.
“I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes.
“Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one. Longsight M13 was a highlight.”
After the clip gained more traction, Mr Latham added: “Feel a bit bad about this now, I was just so disappointed.
“We all know Ian can’t sing but there’s always a band to bring it together. Some onstage chemistry, the drummer’s energy, the guitarist’s musicianship. I think if there’s no band you should tell people up front.”
One fan, Adam Thompson, said: “Me and my wife lasted 36 minutes exactly before walking out. I think the auto tune on the microphone lasted 3 songs.
“Real shame as I was looking forward to seeing him solo as only ever seen stone roses. No band at all was a let down.”
Many of those in attendance were still able to enjoy the show though, with some saying fans should not expect a live band on a solo tour.
Steve Knight wrote: “If you are a fan of Ian Brown‘s solo stuff and you have tickets for his tour, you’ll love it but don’t go expecting Stone Roses songs or a backing band as he has neither. Decent night though.”
Brown is due to play Manchester Victoria Warehouse on Friday (30 September). The singer has yet to comment on the Twitter storm.