Stereophonics Review | 19 November 2013

Stereophonics took to the LG Arena stage on Tuesday night as part of their UK Arena tour. The band are by no means new to the big stage; having played Arenas, Stadiums and Festivals since their breakthrough album ‘Word Gets Around’ was released in 1997.

The arena was packed and Stereophonics started off the night with ‘Catacomb’ taken from Latest album ‘Graffiti on the train’. The band then went as far back their roots as possible playing indie anthem ‘Local Boy in the Photograph’.

The full set was perfectly crafted by Kelly Jones and co, switching songs from new hits and old favourites showcasing a career spanning over 20 years, playing all the classics that fans would want to hear ‘A Thousand Trees’, ‘I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio’ & ‘Mr Writer’ to name a few.

Kelly Jones seemed to really appreciate the Birmingham audience and shared a host of stories with a crowd that was only too happy to listen to them. One story involved his trips to the NEC Arena to see the likes of ACDC and Van Halen with his family and the mischief they got up to. The main set finished with the energetic ‘Bartender and the Thief’.

The encore took more of a chilled out twist starting with ‘I stopped to fill my car up’ then moving on to the famous cover ‘Handbags and the Gladrags’. The night was brought to a close with ‘Dakota’ which had the whole crowd singing a long in a fitting end to the night. I look forward to their next trip back.

Review by Alex Cawston