Ian Brown is presently on his first tour in additional than a decade — the trek kicked off final night time in Leeds at 02 Academy and continues tonight in Glasgow. Followers don’t seem too pleased with the Stone Roses frontman, although. Throughout Sunday’s Leeds set, quite a few viewers members took to social media to complain that Brown was onstage performing with no band and (badly) singing over a backing observe. “Gutted to see @ianbrown flip as much as his £40 a ticket, offered out gig at leeds tonight WITH NO BAND,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “I’m a life lengthy fan nevertheless it was unhealthy. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his personal tunes. Most have been too pissed to care however I needed to get out after this one.” “Funniest gig i’ve ever been to,” one other fan wrote.
One other Leeds viewers member advised the BBC that that they had seen Brown’s solo units earlier than, however this one felt completely different, and never in a great way. “I’ve seen him dwell as a solo act earlier than and whereas there’s an acceptance that his voice received’t be nice, the dwell efficiency facet is the place the vitality comes from,” a Leeds resident named Steven Latham mentioned. “Sadly there wasn’t a band, so there was no energetic drummer, no masterful guitarist, simply him singing alongside badly to a backing observe – it simply left me chilly and disinterested.” He added: “Little or no effort was put in planning these gigs and for that type of ticket value it’s scandalous and disrespectful.”
Brown hasn’t misplaced everybody, nonetheless. Sleaford Mods defended the Stone Roses singer on Twitter, writing: “Ian Brown’s solo stuff has at all times been extra hip hop and beat oriented so his new arrange works. It’s not like he’s black sabbath or summat is it.”
This comes slightly greater than a 12 months after Brown made headlines for canceling his look on the 2021 Neighbourhood Weekender pageant, which required attendees to offer proof of COVID vaccination. “My Saturday night time headline present at NHBD Weekender Pageant will no longer occur! I refuse to just accept vaccination proof as situation of entry. Refunds can be found!” Brown tweeted on the time. Throughout the pandemic, Brown additionally grew to become recognized for selling COVID conspiracy theories and anti-vaxx rhetoric, and arguing that masks weren’t essential. Just like Van Morrison, he additionally launched an anti-lockdown music in 2020.
Brown’s tour presently has a number of sold-out dates and also will hit Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Nottingham, and London.