STEREOPHONIC RICHARD JONES INJURED IN PUB ATTACK

STEREOPHONICS' bassist Richard Jones was the target of an unprovoked assault last weekend...

STEREOPHONICS‘ bassist Richard Jones (at left in photo) was badly injured in an unprovoked attack outside his local pub last Saturday night (July 4).

Jones suffered a broken nose, broken rib was also said to have been knocked unconscious in the fight, which happened as he was walking home from the pub in Aberdare, Wales. But band sources say the assault will not affect the band’s appearance at Scotland’s T In The Park Festival this weekend, with Jones confirmed to play the gig.

However, the band’s Sunday commitments at the NME Signing Tent will be performed by singer Kelly Jones and drummer Stuart Cable (see story tomorrow for the full list).

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A spokesman for the band says Jones was still shaken up by the attack but was looking forward to playing the festival.

The violent incident follows Stuart Cable’s ankle injury last month, during a football game the day after the band’s triumphant June 13 show at Cardiff Castle. Stereophonics in January this year won the Brit Award for 1998’s Best Newcomers.

In other T In The Park news, Main Stage performers James have, for the second consecutive year, have had to pull out of the festival at the eleventh hour. Frontman TIM BOOTH is suffering from bronchitis.

Doctors told the singer this week that he would not be able to sing. The band will miss a warm-up show planned for Carlisle the night before.

James’ spokesperson says the band are upset that they have to cancel T In The Park for the second time but promised Scottish fans they would be back before the end of the year “and definitely make up for it”.

“At the moment Tim is hoping he’ll be well enough to do the gigs at V98,” says the spokesperson. Doctors have told Booth he will have to rest his voice for a month.

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Last year, James cancelled their T In The Park and V97 performances after Booth suffered a neck injury onstage in the US.

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