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Kelly Watch The Stars
As Stereophonics release their sixth abum, frontman Kelly Jones talks about his friendship with Oasis and reveals that he’s buried the hatchet with Muse.
Paul Nolan, 24 Oct 2007
“I feel quite proud to be in that league of songwriters, relationship-wise, and then we get to meet people like Jet or Kasabian, who come up to me and say they loved our first album. They did their driving test around the time ‘Traffic’ came out! It’s bizarre really, the cycle goes on and on.”
I remember seeing a picture a few years back in which Noel was making his exit from a pub with Kelly – beer can in hand – hoisted on his shoulders.
“We’ve had some good nights,” he chuckles. “Noel came back to my house that night and pinched a three-year-old kid’s bike. He phoned me the next day and said, ‘I’ve got a three-year-old’s fuckin’ pedal bike in my living room’. I had this French family living under me at the time and they weren’t very happy for ages afterwards. I couldn’t bring myself to tell them that Noel Gallagher pinched their kid’s bike!”
Talk of Stereophonics’ headlining performance at Slane a few years back leads me to mention The Rolling Stones’ gig at the venue in August. Kelly, of course, has been friends with the Stones’ Ronnie Wood for quite some time. Has he ever visited the guitarist’s County Kildare abode?
“I’ve had a couple of lost nights there. Mainly we’ve been to his home in Kingston Hill in London, but the farmhouse in Ireland is great. I remember we went back there after we played Dublin Castle. I got invited to a party at Ronnie’s and he ended up making me sing on a beautiful song on one of his solo albums, Not For Beginners. He’s a lovely guy, you could almost call him ‘Uncle Ronnie’ cos he treats you like one of his kids.
“Even if you take some of your mates along, he’s the type of person who treats all your mates equally, even if they aren’t famous, and I love that. Cos some people, at that level, they only talk to who they need to talk to. But Ronnie and his family are so warm. We actually toured with the Stones, on the album before the last one. We only did four shows, but again, it’s so surreal, it’s like walking into Almost Famous.”