The Stone Roses’ original bassist Pete Garner has passed away at the age of 61 years. According to NME, Louder Than War reported the information on Friday which started a series of tributes for him, including words from Stone Roses’s frontman Ian Brown on X, formerly Twitter.
Yeah very sad. We were young punk rockers when we met in 77. The nite before Petes maths and geography O levels we went to see the Clash. Always made me chuckle he did that and of course he made the right decision! X
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) November 3, 2023
Brown responded to a fan on X stating “Yeah very sad. We were young punk rockers when we met in 77. The nite before Petes maths and geography O levels we went to see the Clash. Always made me chuckle he did that and of course he made the right decision! X”
Garner was with Brown and John Squire since school and even went on to be at the bass in 1980 when Brown and Squire’s first band The Patrol performed in front of the audience.
Three years later The Stone Roses was formed with Garner on bass, Andy Couzens on rhythm guitar and Simon Wolstencroft on drums. Wolstencroft got replaced by Alan ‘Reni’ Wren in 1984.
October 1984 was when the band did their first gig, and released debut single ‘So Young’ and ‘Tell Me’ the following year. Summer of 1987 saw them release their second single ‘Sally Cinnamon’ after which Garner left them and worked with HMV citing the reason that “he believed he wasn’t good enough for them”. Rob Hampson filled in, but was swiftly replaced by Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield later in 1987.
Liam Gallagher brought Squire out during his Knebworth shows last year to play on ‘Champagne Supernova’. He believes that his upcoming joint album with John Squire will be “the best record since The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’”. It would be worth noting if he is able to prove his point to everyone with his work, instead of his words.
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