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Stereophonics Biography

'Kelly and Richard were born a few yards and a few days away from each other, Stuart arrived a couple of years earlier. The three's earliest musical experiences were shaped by the record collections of their elder brothers, taking in Creedence, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder and gigs on the working men's circuit. With a history of music coursing through the Kelly Jones (former market trader, one-time boxer, budding scriptwriter) family, it was probably inevitable that he would end up singing and playing guitar. Stuart (worked on a building site, delivered school dinners) had sung in other local bands before taking the stool in Stereophonics. Ever the pragmatist, Richard (scaffolder, coalman, electrician) took up the bass because everyone else had guitars. Stereophonics signed to the then nascent V2 in the Summer of 1996 and good things have not stopped happening since then, but this story of stories goes way back. Kelly Jones, Richard Jones (no relation) and Stuart Cable have known each other since infancy and have played together since their early teens, rehearsing in Stuart's bedroom, in Cwmaman, in South Wales (look it up). A luckless few years hugging the M4 back and forth to London under the moniker Tragic Love Company came to an end with a swift name change (taken from the brand name of Stuart's gran's gramophone) and a few dates on their doorstep. Aside from recording 'Word Gets Around', Stereophonics spent the end of 1996 and most of 1997 earning a reputation as one of the best new live acts in the land, touring relentlessly, admittedly away from the glare of media coverage. Over the course of the 12 months they trod UK boards with Manic Street Preachers, Ocean Colour Scene, Skunk Anansie and The Who, whilst also spending time across Europe with Supergrass. They ended '97 with their 100th and 101st gigs of the year in Cardiff: the shows were subtitled 'Happy With That'. They even almost completed the set of Summer festivals. At the time, however it was one concert that seemed to capture the band's ascent in sharp focus.

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Stereophonics Picture Gallery

stereophonics performing at the palace theatre 210713
stereophonics performing at the palace theatre 210713
stereophonics performing at the palace theatre 210713
stereophonics performing at the palace theatre 210713
stereophonics performing at the palace theatre 210713

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The Latest Stereophonics News

Rocker Kelly Jones Marries

8th December 2013

Stereophonics rocker Kelly Jones has married his longterm partner in a star-studded ceremony in Ireland.The rocker exchanged vows with Mtv...

Tom Jones Makes Surprise Appearance At Stereophonics Gig

15th November 2013

Welsh rockers Stereophonics stunned fans in Manchester, England this week (beg11Nov13) when they brought Sir Tom Jones on to the...

Kelly Jones Injured During Booze Binge

26th August 2013

Stereophonics rocker Kelly Jones was wheeled through an airport on a luggage trolley after twisting his ankle during a booze...

Stereophonics Axe Australia Gig After Kelly Jones Falls Ill

24th July 2013

Welsh rockers the Stereophonics cancelled a Tuesday night (23Jul13) concert in Melbourne, Australia after frontman Kelly Jones was diagnosed with...

Stereophonics' Kelly Jones Feels 'lucky'

15th March 2013

Kelly Jones feels ''lucky'' to be successful.The Stereophonics frontman - whose friends include Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood and...

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Stereophonics Reviews

Stereophonics - O2 Academy, Leeds 18th March 2013 Live Review Live Review

19th March 2013

Coinciding with the recent release of their eighth studio record, which entered the chart at...

Stereophonics - 'Graffiti On The Train' Album Review Album Review

4th March 2013

It's been four years since Stereophonics released their limp seventh album 'Keep Calm And Carry...

Stereophonics - Manchester MEN Arena March 7, 2010 Live Review

9th March 2010

Though their recent 'Keep Calm And Carry On' album failed to hit the top ten,...

Stereophonics - Keep Calm And Carry On Album Review

3rd November 2009

Review of Stereophonics album Keep Calm And Carry On.With five consecutive chart-topping albums and a...

Stereophonics - Innocent Single Review

26th October 2009

Review of Stereophonics single Innocent Due for release on November 2, 'Innocent' is the lead...

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Stereophonics Festivals

Rock Werchter

3rd July 2014


7th July 2011

Radio 1 Big Weekend

24th May 2014

T in the Park

11th July 2014

Isle of Wight Festival

12th June 2014

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Stereophonics Interviews

Stereophonics, Interview

16th November 2009

Interview with Kelly Jones from Stereophonics. After celebrating ten years of success with a compilation...

Stereophonics, Interview

10th April 2007

StereophonicsInterviewCelebrating 10 years of musical excellence, Stereophonics take this special anniversary to reveal the private...

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The Latest Stereophonics Press Releases

Stereophonics Announce November 2013 UK Arena Tour

18th March 2013

With their sublime new LP 'Graffiti On The Train' just released, ...

Stereophonics Celebrate 'Graffiti On The Train' Album Release With Brixton Show On March 4th 2013

13th February 2013

To celebrate the release of their eighth studio album 'Graffiti On The Train' - out March 4th -...

Stereophonics Play 10 Intimate 2013 March UK Shows

21st January 2013

Play 10 Intimate March UK shows, Road testing new LP 'Graffiti on the Train', out March 4th. New...

Stereophonics 'Graffiti On The Train', New Album Out March 4th 2013

8th January 2013

Amongst the finest of classic British songwriters, Stereophonics return March...

Stereophonics Announce Five December 2012 Shows

31st October 2012

Announce Five December Shows

With special guest support Gaz Coombes


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