Stereophonics invite Welsh people to celebrate end of lockdown at live gig with Tom Jones

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Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has invited Sir Tom Jones to join the band at their homecoming gig. (Getty Images)
Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has invited Sir Tom Jones to join the band at their homecoming gig. (Getty Images)

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Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones is inviting Welsh people to celebrate the end of lockdown as the band announces a homecoming gig with Sir Tom Jones this Christmas.

The Have A Nice Day rockers are to celebrate 25 years in the music industry with a live concert at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in Wales on Saturday 18 December, with the help of the 81-year-old Sexbomb singer and fellow Welsh band Catfish and The Bottlemen.

Kelly told NME: “It’s a celebration for Welsh people who haven’t been able to go anywhere for 18 months. I rang Tom, asking if he’d be up for giving back to the Welsh people, and he was well up for it. I’ve been watching a lot of sport during the pandemic, as there’s been nothing else to do, and a lot of that has been watching football with Tom at his apartment in London."

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He added: "After almost two years of being locked down and families all having their own stories of stress, pressure, and loss, I wanted something for people to feel good about and celebrate."

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"There’s a welcome in the stadium for everyone – come raise a glass and make some memories."

The show comes ahead of the release of Stereophonics' new album Oochya! and subsequent tour in March 2022.

Adam Zindani, Richard Jones, Kelly Jones and Jamie Morrison of the Stereophonics winners of the Best Indie Act and Global Special Award at The Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. (Photo by Lia Toby/PA Images via Getty Images)
Stereophonics current line-up of Adam Zindani, Richard Jones, Kelly Jones and Jamie Morrison. (Getty Images)

Tickets for the one-off show, dubbed We'll Keep A Welcome, will go on sale at 9am on Friday 10 September at Ticketmaster and myticket.co.uk.

The Principality Stadium's roof will be closed for the event, after Wales lifted the legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors last month, but COVID-19 restrictions will be decided by the venue.

Welsh music stars, pop legend Tom Jones, (centre right), with members of the band Stereophonics, (l/r) Richard Jones, Kelly Jones, and Stuart Cable, after pre-recording a show at the Capital FM studios, Leicester Square, London.
Sterophonics frontman Kelly Jones said Sir Tom Jones is an old friend. (PA)

Kelly, 47, formed Stereophonics in the the village of Cwmaman, Camarthenshire with the late drummer Stuart Cable and bassist Richard Jones. They released their debut album Word Gets Around in 1997.

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Cable died aged 40 in 2010 after he choked on his own vomit due to acute alcohol poisoning.

Buy tickets here when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 10 September.

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