The Stereophonics at Leeds O2. Let’s face it there are worse ways to spend a Monday night although the experience was far from perfect. There probably was some kind of support but it took so long to get the release form signed to get into the gig they were long gone before I got there. The pit was full to Indiana Jones snake level, eight of us jockeying for position and the O2 lighting was at an all time low. The venue was also rammed, not surprising really as the whole tour’s sold out, from Blackpool to Cheltenham and everything in between. After twenty years on the road the band from Wales and are as popular as ever.
Critical support for the Stereophonics may be luke warm but you just can’t escape the fact that they deliver a great performance, consistently knocking out memorable songs and with a soulful lead vocal that maybe reflects all that Welsh valleys heritage. The reception in Leeds bodes well for their latest album, Graffiti on the Train and I for one was happy to be there. As the classic A Thousand Trees rolls out, the light falls briefly on Kelly Jones, I manage to snatch a couple of decent shots and that’s it. Game over!
However, this year there will be many more opportunities to get your Stereophonics fix. They’re doing T in the Park and V festivals in the summer and in November they’ll be back in Leeds, bigger, and hopefully with better lighting, on a UK arena tour. Leeds Arena…not long to go now!