Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones has told how his kids tease him about his Welsh accent.
In an interview with Zoe Ball on Radio 2’s Breakfast Show, Kelly explained that he’d normally be doing the school run around the time he was chatting on the show and the presenter asked how his four offspring are and if they have a nickname for him.
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The 47-year-old said: “I would normally be walking them to school about now, the two little ones, and the other two are in college, GCSE years, but they’re all great. The four of them are kicking my head in every day, in a lovely way and a crazy way, whichever mood they’re in.
“I haven’t got a nickname. I am very grounded in the house, I’m not ‘Kelly Jones from Stereophonic’ when I walk in the house at all.”
While Kelly is from Cwmaman and has a strong valleys accent, his children – Colby and Misty with his ex-partner Rebecca Walters and Riley and Marley with wife Jakki Healy – were brought up outside Wales.
“They take the mick out of the Welsh accent every now and again,” he continued. “And they’re all getting tall, I don’t know what they eat but they didn’t have that in Wales.”
Talking about the younger generation who love the ‘Phonics, Kelly also added that he’s looking forward to getting back to performing live and the mix of people they get in their crowds.
“I used to love that when I’d go to the Stones, AC/DC gigs you’d have the dads and the kids, but we’ve got lots of people coming who’ve discovered the band a couple of albums ago and those who’ve been there since ’96.”
The band’s new album, Oochya! is out on Friday, March 4 and started out as an idea for a ‘best of’ album with a few new songs, but, as Kelly revealed, once he started writing new tracks the band ended up with an album full.
He also talked about his friendship with Tom Jones, with whom the ‘Phonics are performing with at two huge shows in Cardiff this summer. The shows were originally meant to go ahead last December but were postponed due to the spread of the Omicron variant.
Tom Jones with Kelly Jones, Cerys Matthews and the late Stuart Cable at the launch of The Pop Factory TV studio in Porth in the early 2000s
The pair watch Welsh sports matches together and Kelly said that he loves the Treforest singer ‘to bits’.
He said: “We’ve got some good stuff in the summer, we’ve got the two shows with Tom Jones and Catfish and the Bottlemen in Cardiff. we’re doing some stuff in Hyde Park with Pearl Jam.
“I love him [Tom] to bits, I can’t wait to see him and June, both our birthdays are in June so there’ll be a celebration.”
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