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Live 8: Stereophonics provide the rock and roll


Review: Jack Foley

THE Stereophonics were all about the rock and roll when they delivered a blistering four-song set at Live 8 London.

Frontman, Kelly Jones, made very few (if any) political comments, opting to let his music do the talking for the 200,000 people who had come to listen.

The set began with the out and out rocker, Bartender & The Thief, which was delivered with genuine gusto and with very little sign of big day nerves.

Jones, for his part, looked the part, dressed in a black leather jacket and black shades, and he opted for a business-like approach to his craft.

Next along was the recent number one hit, Dakota, one of the highlights from the new album, Language. Sex. Violence. Other.

It capably demonstrated the expanding sound of the band, who have confounded many critics to become of the biggest UK acts of the moment.

The fact that they hail from Wales was capably demonstrated by the Welsh national flags dotted among the enthusiastic crowd.

A near acoustic version of another former hit, Maybe Tomorrow, provided the set highlight and the only real reminder of the day's relevance - its name alone suggesting the hopes of everyone who was present or watching.

And to finish off, the band delved into their back catalogue to dust off Local Boy in A Photograph, a foot-stomper that was blasted out with relish.

With such an accomplished performance, the 'Phonics are sure to be remembered as one of the best acts of the line-up.

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