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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
What’s Mick Jagger like?
“He’s good, man,” enthuses Kelly. “He came into our dressing-room and was trying to chat up all our birds as usual. Asking all our birds if they’re backing singers or dancers. It’s like, ‘No, that’s his fuckin’ girlfriend!’”
Is Kelly still feuding with Matt Bellamy?
“That was years ago, we’ve kind of made up,” he responds. “Well, I apologised, actually, a few years later in the paper. It was a time when we were bigger than them (laughs). Just before Performance And Cocktails came out, we were doing 50,000 capacity stadiums in Wales and stuff. We did our own show and invited different people to play. We did a press conference and somebody asked about support bands. I said, ‘We did ask this band called Muse, but they wanted 50 grand, and we could get a Radiohead tribute band a lot cheaper.’
“So it fucking kicked off, and then it went back and forth a bit. It was just daft really. It was me being a bit of prick, to be honest. I don’t regret it really, it’s part of growing up, my man (laughs).”
Finally, I mention Stereophonics’ US tour with David Bowie a while back, which witnessed the Welsh outfit getting stuffed in a footie match by the Thin White Duke’s road crew.
“Yeah, we played David Bowie’s crew, and he came to watch,” Kelly winces. “It was a five-a-side game, and he took great pleasure in telling every fucking arena across America that we lost! He brought the trophy down above our heads, like Spinal Tap, and told everyone how bad we were at football. But he was great, he used to watch our soundchecks.”
Yet another of Stereophonics’ high profile admirers. And as long as the band keep producing the goods, it’s a list that’s only set to grow.
Pull The Pin is out now on V2. Stereophonics play the Odyssey, Belfast (November 27); INEC, Killarney (28); and the RDS, Dublin (29).