Stereophonics: ‘We could never cover The Smiths, we eat too much meat’

Kelly Jones told Chris Moyles about the band's "stage meat", among other things

Stereophonics have joked that they are too carnivorous to ever cover a song by The Smiths.

Frontman Kelly Jones appeared on Chris Moyles’ Radio X breakfast show this morning (September 23) to discuss the success of the band’s new album, but ended up talking about wedding guests and tying people up with meat.

The Welsh band recently earned their sixth Number One album with ‘Keep the Village Alive’. The four-piece self-released the record – their ninth in total – making it the second self-released album to top the chart this year, along with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who reached Number One in February with their second album ‘Chasing Yesterday’.


As Jones chatted to the Moyles, the conversation turned to whether the Stereophonics would ever cover The Smiths. Jones responded: “We eat too much meat. We got meat onstage, we can’t do it, [Morrissey] won’t like it.”

Moyles proceeded to question whether Jones thought it would be “sacrilegious to do a Smiths cover while people onstage ate meat”, which prompted a story about a vegetarian Sterephonics lighting engineer. “We gaffer taped him to his bunk with Parma ham and sausages,” the singer explained.


During the interview talk also turned to Jones’ marriage to Jakki Healy in Ireland in 2013. Moyles expressed his disappointment at not being on the guestlist, which included Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller, Rob Brydon and Rhys Ifans. “Noel Gallagher was in on Monday,” Moyles said, “and we were talking about you. I went, ‘Did you go to Kelly’s wedding?’ He went, ‘No, I don’t know if I was invited.’” To which Jones said: “You can invite Noel to many things, but he doesn’t often turn up.”

Come December Stereophonics will be touring the new record throughout the UK. The dates are as follows:

Bournemouth, BIC (December 2)
Manchester, Arena (December 4)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (December 5)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (December 6)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (December 9)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (December 11)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (December 12-13)
Brighton, Centre (December 15)
London, The O2 (December 16)