Telephone lines in Scotland collapse as fans try desperately try to get their mitts on tickets...

STEREOPHONICS have set box office records after selling out gigs in GLASGOW and ABERDEEN within an hour of the shows, which kick off a UK tour, being announced, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The eight-date jaunt will be the band’s first UK tour since winter 1999, and their first dates together as a full band since their headlining slots at Carling Weekend Leeds and Reading and Glasgow Green last August, after which Kelly Jones embarked on a solo tour.

The dates in full are:

Glasgow Concert Hall (March 15)

Aberdeen Music Hall (16)

Liverpool Royal Court (18)

Derby Assembly Rooms (19)

Belfast Ulster Hall (21)

Dublin Olympia (22)

Cardiff St Davids Hall (25)

London Shepherds Bush Empire (26)

Telephone lines at both the Scottish venues collapsed with the volume of calls when the dates were announced, and a band spokesperson pleaded with fans to stop inundating them with calls as both shows have completely sold out, the Aberdeen gig within 40 minutes, and the Glasgow date in under an hour.

For the remaining dates, fans who have bought tickets for Stereophonics summer ‘A Day At The Races’

shows at Donington Racetrack on July 14 and Chepstow Racecourse on July 21, are being given priority booking and all those have been contacted already. Any remaining tickets go on sale next Friday (February 23) from usual outlets.

The touring line-up will give the majority of fans their first opportunity to see the band with additional touring guitarist Scott James, who joins keyboard player Tony Kirkham as Stereophonics’ second

additional touring member. They are currently on tour with Kelly and bassist Richard Jones in the US performing acoustically, while drummer Stuart Cable is on paternity leave.

As reported earlier on NME.COM today (February 16), the band were forced to change the title of their album, which was originally to be shortened to the acronym ‘J.E.E.P.’, to the full ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’, after protests by Chrysler, who manufacture Jeep cars.

The album is released on April 9 through V2, and is preceded by a single, ‘Mr Writer’, on March 19.