The Stone Roses amaze thousands at Belfast festival after paying tribute to Manchester United legend George Best

By Dean Wilkins

The Stone Roses paid tribute to George Best during a gig in the Manchester United legend’s home city.

Frontman Ian Brown received rapturous cheers and applause from the audience while belting out This if the One for ‘Georgie the Belfast Boy’ to thousands of watchers.

The Manchester music heroes headlined the second night of Tennet’s Vital open air music festival – 24 hours after Foo Fighters received more than 100 noise complaints as their bass was audible from 15 miles away.

And despite classics Fool’s Gold and Sally Cinnamon, it was their honouring of the former United No. 7 that provoked the biggest smiles from fans.

Best sadly died in 2005 after a long battle with alcoholism.

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