Ian Brown addresses negative reaction to the start of his UK tour: “Haters love to hate and lovers love!”

At his concert in Glasgow on Monday night (September 26), Ian Brown hit back at criticism for starting his UK tour the night before.

Last Sunday (September 25), Brown kicked off his first UK tour in a decade at the O2 Academy in Leeds. After the show, fans shared their anger after the Stone Roses singer played his big concert without a band, with some comparing the performance to “karaoke.”

One of the attendees in Leeds described the show as if Brown “[hiciera] karaoke and [estropeara] their own tunes,” said: “I had a hard time seeing Ian Brown at his sold out gig in Leeds tonight with no band.

“I’ve been a lifelong fan, but it was bad. Ian Brown does karaoke and trashes his own songs.

At the Glasgow concert, the second of the tour, Brown stopped a song midway through to indirectly address the criticism and say that he thought everyone had a good time at the Leeds concert.

“Last night we played Leeds,” he told the crowd, “and it was all hands in the air, all the way down.”

After the Glasgow show, Brown shared footage from the show, writing, “Thank you GLASGOW LOVE YOU X.”

In another tweet, he said: “Haters hate and lovers love!”

The Glasgow show had a much warmer reaction than the previous show in Leeds, with one fan tweeting: “Don’t always believe what you read on Twitter! Ian Brown played a show in Glasgow tonight. Great performance. “

Another said: “Ian Brown in Glasgow tonight using his own brain, doing the unexpected, doing his own thing. That’s what Ian Brown does. If you’re going for the norm or Roses themes then you’re 5 years late and to the wrong gig. I love his solo stuff, I love it, great night.”

“He doesn’t need a band. He blew the roof off,” another impressed fan wrote after the show. Below you can see the responses to Brown’s concert in Glasgow.

Brown’s tour continues tomorrow (September 29) at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle. Check out the remaining tour dates below and get your tickets here.


26 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

27 – Edinburgh, O2 Academy

29 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall

30 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse


1 – Liverpool, Mountford Hall

3 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

4 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy

6 – Nottingham, Rock City

7 – London, Brixton Academy O2

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