You're kinda emphasising my point, ALL 4 are vital to the band being such a mighty force. Take one away and it loses its heartbeat, Reni especially. I thought Maddix was a tight sticksman but was in the wrong band and found himself trying to fill the shadow of one of the best musicians out there.
Mani only said that as it was an Irish gig, and his love for Ireland is evidently huge. The recording of that show is good to listen to in parts granted. It isn't The Stone Roses though, there's a glaring big hole in the groove and feel of that whole 1995/96 era. Was it still good when Aziz (albeit a fantastic guitarist) replaced John? Was it shite.