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Happy Mondays: Brixton Academy, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 13 May 2012

IF YOU DISCOUNT HIS PROPENSITY for using the f-word, you could call Shaun Ryder a solid citizen these days. The Happy Mondays' leader is slim, drug-free and touchingly happy to be back together with the "original" lineup of his band (or so they're billed, though backing singer Rowetta, whose life's work is upstaging Ryder, was a 1991 latecomer).

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