Stereophonics' Kelly Jones feels 'lucky'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 March 2013

This article is from 2013.

Stereophonics' Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones

Stereophonics' frontman Kelly Jones feels "lucky" to be such a successful musician and always knew he wanted to be in the industry for the "long run"

Kelly Jones feels "lucky" to be successful.

The Stereophonics frontman - whose friends include Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood and David Bowie - has fulfilled his dreams of a long career in the music industry by recording eighth album 'Graffiti on the Train'.

He said: "I've been really lucky, sometimes I wonder, 'How am I here?' But I've had a great time just experiencing it all.

"When we were kids we always knew we wanted to be in it for the long run. We looked up to people like Tom Waits, Neil Young, Nick Cave, AC/DC and none of them were flash-in-the-pan bandwagon jumpers."

'Graffiti on the Train', is inspired by two young boys who regularly run over Kelly's rooftop and the 38-year-old musician aimed to create a coming-of-age story through the tracks, influenced by his own youth.

He continued to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's a fictional story, but you could just as easily take it back to our first single, 'Boy in the Photograph', which was about a friend who jumped in front of a train.

"You find seeds of all these stories through your youth. There was a lot of that in the valleys when I was growing up. After the incident with the kids on the roof, I just played for 20 minutes. Three or four songs ran into each other and 'Graffiti On the Train' was in the chorus. It came from the subconscious."

'Graffiti On the Train' is out now.


Croaky Kelly and chums return in support of their latest album Scream Above the Sounds.

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

Fri 23 Feb 2018

£44.50 / 0844 477 9000

Bournemouth International Centre

Mon 5 Mar 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 576 3000

Brighton Centre

Tue 27 Feb 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 1515

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