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Stone Roses star celebrates 50th at charity gig

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Mar 20, 2014 | 2:05pm EDT

Former Oasis star Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery and ex-Inspiral Carpets star Tom Hingley teamed up in Manchester, England on Wednesday night (19Mar14) to perform at Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim's 50th birthday party. The man who replaced John Squire in the iconic Manchester band turned his birthday bash into a charity gig for Comprehensive Disaster Response Services - and it turned into a star-studded affair. Ibrahim performed with friends and artists he has collaborated with at Manchester's Roadhouse venue. He told NME.com, "I've never celebrated with big parties before, but, as I approached the big 5-0, I started looking at what I'd achieved, and I wanted to celebrate the musicians, the music and the people who've helped me. And I wanted to give something back." Stone Roses star Ian Brown was in the audience for the birthday gig and told the website, "I'm lucky that I met him (Ibrahim). He's an unsung hero. Everybody says they've never met a better guitar player - you ask anybody who's collaborated with him. "By rights, he should be swimming in a guitar-shaped pool, but he doesn't want that. For him, it's about the music. He's not in it for the dough (money), unlike 99.9 per cent of musicians." He added, "It makes it extra special for me that this is happening in The Roadhouse, because it's where we played my first solo shows. It's got a history."

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