STEREOPHONICS GO DOWN A NEW AVENUE

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NME.COM is first to reveal the name of the man who'll be backing up Kelly Jones...

STEREOPHONICS have recruited ex-MONTROSE AVENUE guitarist SCOTT JAMES as their touring guitarist for the new year, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Sources close to the Stereophonics told NME.COM that James visited London last week, and was asked to play with the band when they return to the live arena in the new year following the release of their third studio album ‘JEEP’ in spring.

It is thought that if the tour goes well and James settles within the band, he may also contribute to the sessions that will form the band’s fourth studio album.

Originally, Stereophonics mainman Kelly Jones had wanted to take a second guitarist on the road with him on his current solo tour, to give the new recruit a chance to learn the parts. He said: “The band is probably going to become a five piece by the time we start touring again, so whoever that person’s gonna be is probably gonna be the guy that I’ll take on the acoustic tour with me. That way, I can kill two birds with one stone. He can learn the parts with me before the band is actually involved in the process as well.”

However, Jones decided to take a keyboardist on tour instead.

The Montrose Avenue made minor ripples in the UK music scene throughout the mid ’90s, Their debut, and final album, ‘Thirty Days Out’, was released in October 1998.

The group disbanded within the last year. James also sang vocal harmonies with The Montrose Avenue, giving the Stereophonics the option to boost their sound further if required.

Jones is currently on his solo tour, supported by Davey Crockett from the Crocketts.

The tour is still to call at:

Brighton Corn Exchange (November 15)

Bath Pavillion (16)

Glasgow Old Fruit Market (18)

Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (19)

York Opera House (21)

Birmingham Irish Centre (22)

Cardiff Coal Exchange (24)