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Kelly Jones announces solo dates

Kelly Jones

Story by Jack Foley

HAVING seen his first ever solo side-project go straight to No 1 on i-Tunes, Stereophonics lead singer Kelly Jones will take to the stage for a solo tour next month.

Backed by a string trio and armed with his guitar and that voice, he’ll perform tracks from his brand new solo album Only The Names Have Been Changed across nine UK dates, including two shows at London’s Cadogan Hall on April 5 and 6.

The details are as follows:

25 – Cardiff, Coal Exchange
26 – York, Opera House
28 – Gateshead, Sage Centre
30 – Dublin, Vicar St

1 – Manchester, Opera House
2 – Glasgow, Old Fruit Market
3 – Birmingham, Alexandra Theatre
5 & 6 – London, Cadogan Hall

Since its release last Monday, Only The Names Have Been Changed has stormed I-Tunes internationally, with impressive chart positions throughout Canada, Europe and Australia.

But any fears that Jones is intending to leave the Stereophonics have quickly been dismissed.

“It’s not about going solo,” explains Kelly. “That’s the last thing I ever want to do. It’s more about making something spontaneous, and making it spontaneously.

“We were recording the sixth Stereophonics album last year and in-between takes I started doing these songs off the cuff. Three or four tracks in I realised that this could actually be something…strange how it’s always little things that makes big things happen. We didn’t wait – it was recorded January 7 and 8 and mastered by Friday 12, which set the tone for how we’ll release it.”

In keeping with how it was recorded, an ultra limited-edition fanbase CD will be released with deluxe artwork packaging, March 26.

The limited edition release will include a bonus DVD of a live studio performance of five songs recorded at SARM studios in London.