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Stereophonics to play two special gigs in aid of album re-release

Stereophonics

Story by Jack Foley

STEREOPHONICS are set to re-issue their first two albums – 1997’s Word Gets Around and 1999’s No.1 album Performance and Cocktails – and to celebrate will be performing them in full at two very special shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

The gigs will take place on October 17 and 18, 2010, and will also mark the release of re-issues of the albums on October 18, which will come complete with reams of bonus material.

Kelly said: “It’s over 10 years since the first two albums were released. Listening back to them and all the B-sides and live tracks brought back a lot of memories. It’s taken over a year to find and compile all the tracks, pictures and notebooks, Stuart’s passing in June has made the whole experience more poignant.

“To celebrate the albums we will be playing two nights at Hammersmith Apollo playing every track and a selection of B-sides, something we have never done in a live experience. There’s a lot to learn but it’s gonna be rocking!”

Each of the reissues will come in two formats; a standard 2CD deluxe edition and a limited edition super deluxe 3CD boxset.

The deluxe edition will feature the original album on disc one, while disc two will feature the band’s favourite b-sides from the album, plus rarities, previously unreleased live tracks and, on Word Gets Around, very early demos from before the debut album recording sessions.

The lavishly packaged super deluxe 3CD box set will contain the original album, a disc featuring b-sides from the album and a third rarities disc comprising unreleased live tracks, demos and sessions.

The packaging will include a book styled on frontman Kelly Jones’ notebooks, containing handwritten lyrics and unseen photos.

Stereophonics will play:

October

17 – Word Gets Around – Hammersmith Apollo
18 – Performance and Cocktails – Hammersmith Apollo

Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 27 at 9am and cost £29.50.