We got wind of the fact that Brian Turner of Night Time Management had put the word out that Happy Mondays were planning to do a headlining show at the 12,000-capacity GMEX centre. Apparently Inspiral Carpets would be supporting them. This was news to us. Sat in our Sackville Street office, Binsey had the phone in his hand and had told Brian Turner that we weren’t up for the support. When Brian asked why, Binsey cupped his hands over the phone’s receiver and staged whispered ‘Why don’t you want to do it?’ We all looked at one another until I replied, ‘Because we are going to do our own headline show at the GMEX.’ Everyone swallowed, and Binsey gave Brian the rather surprising answer.
We did our own gig on 21.7.90. John Craven came backstage that night.